Andre Bertolino has been using the Makerspace to construct a boat! It is going to be a 14 foot sloop with a cat hull and a centerfold design. It is designed for easy portage, storage and transport. All of the necessary tools for this project were already at the space. The front half of the boat has already been waterproofed on the outside.
“The cart works very well. I used it to move approximately 500 lbs of art to the Notre Dame bridge last Saturday. It sustained serious damages when the front left wheel was taken off by a manhole cover, but the auxiliary wheels where in place to carry the load and I arrived on time for the show.”
“I painted it with the iron acetate on Friday. The entire boat will have similar stencil work. I wanted to have it in the water before everything freezes over, but Mike told me that I need a bigger daggerboard, so taking his advice I’m not going on my maiden voyage until spring now, it looks like.”
Andre has worked as a Chef for 20 years, and has occasionally done his own art shows. Needing Picture frames for his own work, with no viable way to pay for them, he became a carpenter out of necessity, eventually opening his own frame shop in N.Y. at the age of 20. He lives & “works” in Manchester N.H. Andre will be teaching a free, members-only “picture framing with hand tools” class at the space on October 18th at 7 p.m.