Those who have woodworking tools – power tools or hand tools – that they are no longer using should be advised that The Carpenter’s Boat Shop in Bristol is holding its massive Tool Tag Sale on Saturday, July 29 to benefit its apprenticeship program. Donated tools need to be in good working condition. The boat shop is not able to accept tools in need of repair.
Every fall, 10 apprentices come to the boat shop for nine months of living in a caring, reflective community, learning woodworking, boat-building, and boat restoration, and serving the larger community. Apprentices do not pay for their experience, but income from the boats they build and restore contributes to the costs of the program. In addition, a large part of the boat shop’s budget comes from the generous support of many donors. And occasionally volunteers organize fundraisers.
Those who have tools to donate are asked to please call Mike Stevens at 677-2850 to arrange a time to drop them off at the boat shop or, if preferred, to arrange a pickup at one’s home by boat-shop volunteers. They will be collecting donations through Saturday, July 22. The Carpenter’s Boat Shop is a 501(c)(3) organization, so donations of tools are tax-deductible.
Woodworkers, carpenters, and builders – amateur or professional – should be sure to mark the calendar for the big sale: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 29 at the Carpenter’s Boat Shop, 440 Old County Road, Bristol. (Take Route 130, turn at the Bristol Area Library and drive one mile.)