Tidewater wooden boat workshop instills life skills

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Retired Marine Tom Brandl stood on the shore of the Elizabeth River rallying his troops.

"You don't have to worry," he said to the adolescents clad in flip-flops and life vests that were growing sticky in the late summer heat.

A few looked doubtful. They'd spent the summer learning about power drills, Japanese saws and chisels - tools that helped them create the two polished skiffs before them.

"You've done a great job in building these," Brandl said.

Most of the kids had never held a nail before June.

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