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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Woodworking Classes & Workshops at CBMM this fall

The boat shop at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is offering many opportunities to work with your hands this fall, under the watchful guide of experienced shipwrights. Here's a schedule of all our upcoming activities. To pre-register, call Helen Van Fleet at 410-745-4941. Email for more information.

CBMM's Friday Open 
Boat Shop
September 14 & 28
October 26
November 9 & 23
5:30-8:30pm; $20 members, $30 non-members. Space is limited, pre-registration required. Participants must be 16 and older, unless accompanied by an adult.

Members of the public are invited to the boat shop to work on small projects of their own, or to bring ideas for a future project, and receive the advice of an experienced shipwright and woodworker. Participants can expect assistance with machinery and tools, plans, measurements, and the execution of their small-scale project, which would include plans for a Christmas or birthday present, frames, furniture, models, artwork, etc.

Woodcuts with Kevin Garber
September 20, 2012
6:30-8pm $25 members, $35 non-members.

Meet master printmaker Kevin Garber as he demonstrates and discusses the proper technique for duplicating a print from a Phillip McMartin wood cut of the early 1960s. Garber's works can be found in the Kemper Art Museum and Island Press at Washington University, as well as in collections throughout the country, including the Whitney Art Museum in New York City. Garber's work can also be found in the Museum's new exhibit, "Push and Pull: Life on Chesapeake Bay Tugboats."

Lapstrake Skiff Workshop
September 28, 29 &30, 2012
Friday, 6-9pm, Saturday, 9am-5pm, Sunday, 9amn-5pm

$80 members, $95 non-members. All tools and materials are supplied. Pre-register with Helen Van Fleet at 410-745-4941 by Sept. 24 For more information, contact Model Guild Director Bob Mason at 410-745-3266.
Led step-by-step by skilled modelers, participants will 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. The Model Guild welcomes anyone 12 years of age or older and encourages new members of all skill levels.

Intarsia Wood Plaque Workshop with Mary Sue Traynelis
Friday, October 12, 5:30-8pm in the Boat Shop
Saturday, October 13, 10am-4pm (with break for lunch)
$70 members, $85 non-members. Pre-registration required by October 3. Children 12 and up welcome with adult chaperone.
Intarsia is a woodworking technique that uses varied shapes, sizes, and species of wood fitted together to create a mosaic-like picture with an illusion of depth. Learn the basics for selecting different types of wood, cutting, sanding, and mounting to create your own intarsia wood plaque with Mary Sue Traynelis, who creates and sells intarsia and unique Woodsaics©, and Boatyard Program Manager Jenn Kuhn. Patterns for a lighthouse, owl, and sailboat will be available, with two sets of designs for each, ranging from beginner to advanced.

Winterization with Paul Rybon
Thursday, October 25 from 6-7pm in the Boat Shop
$15 members, $25 non-members. Pre-register by Oct. 16.
Museum volunteer Paul Rybon, a retired diesel mechanic with many years experience, teaches the basics on preparing your boat for the winter months. When registering, be sure to tell us the type of engine your boat has, so we can ensure your questions will be answered. 

Half-Hull Model Workshop
Saturday & Sunday, October 27 & 28
9am-5pm in the Bay History Building. $80 for members,
$95 for non-members. All tools and materials supplied.
Pre-register with Helen Van Fleet at 410-745-4941 by Oct. 22. For information, contact Model Guild Director Bob Mason at 410-745-3266 or email
Participants are invited to 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.


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