It came about something like this: I sent out an email to the Knox Makers group mailing list that I thought it would be fun to build a boat. Many people expressed interest... and a few days later we gathered at the makerspace and started building. It's just that easy!
We had a starting point: I have, for three years, had plans and materials in hand for a Geodesic Airolite Sweet Pea Mk II, and had nearly given up on ever getting around to building the darned thing. But now things are different. Now we have a maker space, and makers to populate it.
So far we've had two work days. A long startup day Saturday (~6 hours, with a team size waxing and waning between five and three makers), then a quick followup session Sunday evening (~2.5 hours, 3 people). Here are some images of the process. Sorry about the poor picture quality; when it's that exciting you don't take time to take good pics.
There have been so many places, even in these first couple of days, where things turned out better because there were several of us working on it, discussing what on earth the plans intended us to do, etc. Somehow, though, we found a perfect balance where we were discussing things but not belaboring them. I hope the images show that we were moving at a pretty decent pace here. We got to this point with roughly 30-ish man hours of build time. Future builds will be even faster as we start to know what we're doing, and we can hopefully reuse some of the jigs and fixtures we've had to make for this first one.
I'm so psyched to be building my first canoe with the Knox Makers. Stay tuned for more such!