Title changed after Tom Halstead correction. Thanks Tom
From the IDRC-
The GMHC is offering a boat building session with craftsman Geno Mondello for high school students (see attached flyer with contact information). Please contact Tom Balf if your students would be interested in this unique opportunity!
Thanks, Erik Dombrowski
Beginning on Tuesday, April 3rd, Maritime Gloucester is offering a new session of its boat building course for high school students. The course runs for eight weeks with classes scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m – 6p.m. at the Dory Shop. Taught by Geno Mondello, the program gives participants hands-on experience in laying out, lofting and making full-sized patterns, making full-sized pieces and assembling and finishing a skiff. No prior experience necessary. The fee is $50. The course is limited to six participants. To register, call (978) 281-0470.
Phone: (978) 281-0470
Hurry, Space is limited!!!!!!
The new dories have been launched! To get involved for a ridiculously little amount of money and have access to use these all summer log get in touch with the great folks at the International Dory Organization- http://www.internationaldories.com/index.html
Geno Mondello finished the dories and they were launched yesterday!
Membership is $60 for 1 year, and runs January to January. Membership includes use of committee dories, loaner equipment, and race and committee event invitations. To become a member, download the membership form here.
Food for Thought Heather Atwood
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Eight-legged, with 21 body segments and a brain the size of a grasshopper, a lobster inhales through its legs and exhales through its head, extracting oxygen on the way through its gills.
Lobsters can smell. While officially they don’t "hear," it is said that traps are usually empty on July 5, leaving many to believe lobsters hear enough to hide from the fireworks the night before.
Lobstering is the oldest continuous business in Massachusetts.
Click the Picture Below For The Video’s Featuring Geno Building Dories At His Dory Shop and out On His Lobster Boat
This in from Ed Collard-
Much thanks go out to all the volunteers and businesses who have been helping to make the lobster trap tree a reality.
Lobster Lady, Greg Smith, Jeff Worthley, Jamie O’Hara, Donna Ardizzoni, Dave Brooks, Dan Brooks, Rosalie Lentini, Steve Noble, John Mazzeo, Lonnie Guest, Aaron Trefley, Hiltz Disposal, Building Center.
and here are a list of the lobstermen who donated traps to use-
Jack and Steve Sulton
click picture for the slide show from Thom Falzorano
Last night the Dory Raffle was held at The Maritime Heritage Center. The International Dory Rowers Organization is full of very committed and friendly people who volunteer time and energy to continuing this great Gloucester tradition.
One of the best things about this group is their commitment to bringing regular folks who might otherwise not have any real connection or financial way to get out on Gloucester Harbor a way to really feel connected to it.
I know I’ve said it a million times but for a measly $50 you get to use the boats all year long. It’s the best bang for your buck in the the whole city.
Katherine Richmond conceived the idea to have an authentic handline dory built and to sell raffle tickets which would help pay for some of the costs to keep this tradition alive. Geno Mondello donated his time to build the dory.
A FOB, Brian the creator of the Brooklyn Blog A Movable Bridge drove all the way from Brooklyn yesterday to be on hand for the raffle in which he was sure he was going to win.
Great Gloucester People Doing Great Gloucester Things.
I have about four clips from last night which I’m in the process of uploading.
For now you can check out this video which was taken this past winter of Geno building the dory-
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Here is the completed Dory-
From Jimmy T- Get your tickets before the raffle drawing at the Heritage Center!
Attention All Hands!
We will be drawing the winner of the new dory Gino built this coming
Friday night, Oct. 2nd, 6 p.m. at the Sarah Frazier Robbins Education
Center of the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center. There will be
complimentary wine, cheese and crackers and we’re asking anyone able to
bring a dish or desert.
Help spread the word. This is the last chance to get tickets for the
drawing, hang with your fellow dory enthusiasts, and get a genuine
autographed Jimmy T. photo! We’ll draw around 7:30 p.m..
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The Handline Dory which will be raffled off with proceeds benefitting The International Dory Rowers is painted and on display at Geno Mondello’s Dory shop.
These plugs went into the bottom of the dories that Grand Banks Dory Fishermen used back in the old days. They were used to drain water from the dories once they were brought back aboard the schooners. But they also served another purpose. Geno tells me that the loop that comes off the bottom was used in case the dory flipped over in the ocean. Capsized, there would be nothing for the dory fisherman to hold on to once the dory was upside down. So that loop which would be through the bottom of the boat would be used for the capsized fisherman to pull himself onto the upside down boat in the water.
Geno Mondello Demonstrates His Hand Crafted Dory Whirlygig