Columbia Falls students put the finishing touches on handmade boat


KALISPELL, Mont. - Since early February, a small group of students from Columbia Falls Junior High School have been working with a volunteer from the Montana Wooden Boat Foundation to build wooden boat of their own.

We caught up with the group today as they were preparing the flat-bottom skiff to receive its first coat of paint.

The Montana Wooden Boat Foundation is working to bring the craft of boat building to local schools. In the past they have helped build boats at Flathed and Somers schools.

Students worked on the project twice a week after school and learned a variety of skills as they've watched the boat come together.

We asked one student why he chose to get involved in the build.

"I've always enjoyed working with wood, and I like hands-on work, I guess. I like being out on the water with boats, so, perfect opportunity," said Stephen Rohn.

When the boat is finished it will be painted in Columbia Falls School colors and will be auctioned off to support school activities.

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