Lowell’s Boat Shop has openings for apprentice builders

Lowell’s Boat Shop is looking for a few good boat-builders for the second year of its apprentice program. The 2013-2014 after-school program will give high school students ages 15 to 18 experience in every phase of the construction of a Lowell dory or skiff. There is no cost to the students or their schools, but the students do receive community service credit. (Academic credit is not yet included.) Last year’s apprentices felled and hauled a tree out of woods across the street behind Simeon Lowell’s house in Amesbury, helped mill the wood, make the planks, and fasten them to a boat. Skills including shop safety, painting, varnishing, and basic metal-working are part of the program. The program is competitive and accepts four to six students for each of two semesters: October 2013 through January 2014, and February through May 2014. Applications are due by Sept. 15. Prior woodworking experience is not required, although it is helpful. For more information or an application, call 978-834-0050 or e-mail