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Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding’s Betsy Davis featured at Chamber meeting!

PDN headerBoat building school leader: Skills learned in maritime trade have currents in other facets of life

betsy davisPORT TOWNSEND — Students at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding graduate with skills that are beyond the obvious, the school’s director said in a presentation to the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce on Monday.

Executive Director Betsy Davis, who took over leadership of the school in October, told about 30 people how learning how to build a boat also teaches skills that can be applied in many facets of life.

“I learned a lot about how to problem solve in the physical world,” Davis said of her own schooling.

“I met people who were brilliant in fitting three-dimensional objects who may not have functioned well in a traditional academic environment, and I learned an ethic around craftsmanship and how to do things right.”

Davis previously worked in the software industry agency, which she said was a different world.

“When I worked at Microsoft and it came time to ship the software, there might be a bug and we’d say that we were going to fix it in the next version,” she said.

“With a boat, you spend all that time milling the wood, and if you screw that up, you need to start all over again.

“When building a boat, you need to do things correctly and cost effectively, which is an important skill that could be lost in our society.” Read more


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