On Tuesday May 17th, Lincoln’s metal sculpture class visited Washburn & Doughty on a field trip. Washburn & Doughty of East Boothbay, specializes in the construction of steel and aluminum commercial vessels. Founded by Bruce Doughty, Bruce Washburn and Carl Pianka, the yard began building fishing boats in 1977.
Over the past school year a relationship has been established with Washburn & Doughty; they have generously donated steel scraps and cut offs to the metal sculpture class throughout the school year, and W and D representatives will be visiting Lincoln Academy’s Cable-Burns Applied Technology and Engineering Center (ATEC) in the fall to see what LA students are building with these scraps.
During their trip to Washburn and Doughty, Lincoln students and instructor Kirsten Campbell were greeted by Don Embrey, Director of H uman Relations and Safety at W & D, the group was toured around the ship yard. During the tour, the multiple phases of steel boat construction were explained, from the first raw steel cut out pieces, into the fitting and welding processes, followed by the finishing, which includes computer engineering, plumbing, electrical, carpentry and painting, etc., all the way onto the completed boat ready for launch.
“As an art class, it was important for students to see the aesthetic importance of the processes. As an experience, however, it introduced LA students to a thriving local business which, after meeting a recent Lincoln graduate who works at W & D, they understood the potential for their own future employment,” said Kirsten Campbell, LA art & metal sculpture teacher.
The day ended with a round table lunch provided by Don and the rest of the Washburn & Doughty family. “We are grateful to the generosity of Washburn and Doughty,” said Campbell. “The trip made a big impression on my students.”