The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s (CBMM) Model Guild in St. Michaels, MD will host two model boat-building workshops in the museum’s Bay History building this October. For both workshops, class size is limited, with pre-registration needed.
A lapstrake skiff model-building workshop will take place from 6 to 9pm on Friday, October 4, and 9 to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, October 5 & 6. Participants in the weekend workshop will be led step-by-step by skilled modelers as they create a 10-inch wooden rowing skiff with lapped side planking and a flat bottom.
The 10-inch model is formed over a frame in much the same manner as a real boat is constructed. Thin toothpicks are used along with fast-drying glue to fasten the models together. Models are made of one dark and one light wood, which are alternated in the design to make a handsome, two-toned appearance.
A two-day half-hull model-building workshop will also be held at CBMM from 9am to 5pm on Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20. Participants will create a half-hull model of the Pride of Baltimore II. Band sawed from a block and carved to the rounded shape of the Pride’s hull, the half-hull model is then mounted on a baseboard to form a fine wall display piece.
CBMM’s Model Guild welcomes anyone 12 years of age or older to take these classes, and encourages new members of all skill levels to participate in the Guild, use its facilities, and trade model building experience with CBMM visitors. A special rate for a parent-child team can accommodate younger children.
The cost for each workshop is $80 for CBMM members and $95 for non-members. All tools and materials are supplied. Pre-registration is required by September 23 for the lapstrake model workshop and by October 11 for the half-hull model workshop. Call 410-745-4941 to register for the class or contact Model Guild Director Bob Mason at 410-745-3266 or [email protected] for more information about the Guild.