During our recent trip to Lowell’s Boat Shop in Amesbury, MA, Several of our members expressed an interest in taking a boat building class there. In response to this, Lowell’s extended an offer to set up a class exclusively for Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers members. They thought it would be more engaging to hold a class for people who already had some knowledge of tools and wood as opposed to some of their students who come in totally new to woodworking.
They would accommodate 4-10 people and could build 1 or 2 boats (splitting into 2 groups) depending on the number of people. A popular project for a class is the Amesbury Rowing Skiff but they could do a Banks Dory. If anyone is interested in keeping the finished boat, it can be raffled off at cost (usually $800 - $1000)
It takes about 45-50 hours to build a boat. Some examples of schedules are: 2 nights (5pm - 9pm) per week for 6 weeks; 1 night and 1 Saturday per week for 6 weeks; and all day class for 8 consecutive days (this schedule is the most efficient in terms of continuity, use of tools and space, and shop cleanup).
The cost for the course would be $750. Members of Lowell’s Boat Shop receive a 10% discount. The membership fee is $45, so becoming a member would net a $30 savings.
I am asking that anyone interested contact me with their schedule preference and any comments. The logistics of putting a group together at a mutually agreeable time may be challenging, but I am willing to coordinate between our members and Lowell’s.
Please be aware that there is a scammer answering these ads. Be careful!!!!
I recommend that you only take CASH or checks from people you know. Very little of the stuff that is advertised is so rare or such a great deal that someone would hire an “agent” to ship it.
If you are selling something online, as a business or through classifieds ads, you may be targeted by an overpayment scam.
The scammer will contact you, make you an offer—often quite generous—then make payment through credit card or cheque. They will be for an amount that is greater than the agreed price.
The scammer will contact you with an apology for the overpayment, offering a fake excuse. The scammer might tell you that the extra money was included to cover agent’s fees or extra shipping costs. Or they may just say they simply made a mistake when writing the cheque.
The scammer will then ask you to refund the excess amount or they will ask for you to forward the amount through to a third party. They will ask for this to through an online banking transfer, pre-loaded money card, or a wire transfer such as Western Union. You then discover that their cheque has bounced or the credit card had been a stolen or fake card.
A newer variation on this scam involves online sales, usually through classified sites, where the scammer pretends to have made a payment for a larger than agreed amount through services such as PayPal by sending a fake receipt of payment. The scammer will claim that the money is being held until you forward on the extra money.
If you send any money, you will not get it back. If you have already sent the ‘sold’ item you will lose this as well. At the very least, the scammer will have wasted your time and prevented you from accepting any legitimate offers on your sale.
I just wanted other Sellers to be careful as I see some valuable machines for sale here.