Meet Our Two New 12-Week Students

This July, we welcomed two new 12-week students, Tammi Reilly and Sophie Camlong. Read more about them below.

Sophie

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Where are you from?

The Basque country (northwestern France).

What brought you to the Apprenticeshop?

To learn more about boatbuilding. I heard a lot about The Apprenticeshop when I was in Albaola. This is my first time in the US.

What were you doing before you came here?

I first studied architecture. Then I studied cabinetry for 2 years. I spent 1 year studying boatbuilding. After, I worked at Albaola. Most recently, I was in Tahiti working on fiberglass boats.

What do you like best about the Shop so far?

It’s kind of ridiculous but the communication. I have never seen that in other places. Like the shop meeting every day to let people know what’s happening that day and will be happening. And the Wednesday apprentice meeting.

What has been most difficult for you in your first few weeks here?

The language.

If you could have any shop superpower, what would it be?

I would like to be able to use my legs as clamps to be able to work with free hands. If I had this power, I’d also have to be more flexible.

Tammi

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Where are you from?

I grew up in the bay area in California.

What brought you to the Apprenticeshop?

Previous schooling. I really wanted to build a boat from start to finish. I liked that the 12-week program has only two students at a time. I liked that there are lots of other projects going on in the shop at the same time. I had never been to Maine or New England before, and I love it!

What were you doing before you came here?

I have been retired for 7 years. I spend a lot of time volunteering with veterans and with the church. I’ve been thinking about writing a book. I do lots of volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.

What do you like best about the Shop so far?

The mornings. The location. I like the way The Apprenticeshop wakes up. I am also really enjoying working with Sophie. It’s nice to work independently but have a comrade there.

What has been most difficult for you in your first few weeks here?

Compound joints. Otherwise, I have just enough boatbuilding knowledge to have made the beginning of my 12-week go smoother. I’m rapidly approaching the limits of my previous experience.

If you could have any shop superpower, what would it be?

To be able to see in artistic pictures; artistic vision.

Apprenticeshop

THE APPRENTICESHOP IS AN EDUCATIONAL NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION LOCATED ON PENOBSCOT BAY IN MIDCOAST MAINE.
DEDICATED TO INSPIRING PERSONAL GROWTH THROUGH
CRAFTSMANSHIP, COMMUNITY, AND TRADITIONS OF THE SEA.