Moving Stones, Trees, and Dirt! The Collective Bliss of Real Work

text by Arista Holden for The Scholarshipwrights of Rockland
photographs by Dylan Ladds, Asst. Film/Animation Professor at Harvard University

Real Work

“The pitcher cries for water to carry as a person for work that is real”
~ Marge Piercy

Over the weekend twelve volunteers came together in Nobleboro, Maine to shovel dirt, wheel it from one side of the barn floor to the other, toss rocks out of the way, dig three and a half foot holes, measure, remeasure, cut, recut, check to see that it’s level, cook food, tend a fire, put up rafters, secure typar to the walls… Our bodies ached, and our hearts were brim belay full from doing real work, in a collective force that carried us through the long days, into the dark hours of the evening. We laughed, we swam, we read to each other, we told stories, we dreamed of new projects and possibilities for the future. We fed our senses and left full, content.

The building party was an effort to winterize The Mill, our next Apprenticeshop, and create a new place to store some of our boats, and timber. A Hampton boat (of New England) and a Bahama dinghy-boat are scheduled to begin construction in early November with a small group of committed apprentices, scholars, makers, and instructors.

“Our collective, loving force felt a lot like bliss.” ~ Zander A., volunteer from this weekend’s work party.

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