Welcome to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum's Boatyard Blog, where all things related to Chesapeake Bay Boats are discussed. Follow the Museum's progress on historic Chesapeake boat restoration projects, watch wooden boats being built from scratch in our Apprentice For a Day program, and meet the dedicated staff and volunteers working hard to give you the experience of Chesapeake Bay history while preserving traditional Chesapeake Bay boat building techniques. Make sure to join us as a follower of this blog so you will be notified of new posts, and make comments on anything you see on the blog.

Monday, May 28, 2012

AFAD progress April-May

The North Shore Sailing Dinghy has really taken on a beautiful shape. We can tell in the Apprentice For A Day program (AFAD) when people passing through tell us: "It's beginning to look like a boat."  That happened in late April.  Dan Sutherland, the Master Boatbuilder who lead AFAD for five years, got us started on this craft in January. We continue in his honor. "Miss B" should be in the water in June.  Although the images are not shown below, the mast, boom and sprit for the gunter rig are in the paint shop getting varnish. The squares have been rounded.

The other AFAD project completed is the Smith Island Skiff for the Dunston family. Her name "Gug" now appears on the transom. This boat will give them a fun way to explore the local waters in Talbot County and beyond.

There are other AFAD visitors and volunteers who have contributed to the progress of these vessels.  If anyone wants to contribute more photos, we'd be glad to add them to this narrative.

Casey, Chris, James & Doc John glue up two pieces of Douglass fir for the mast. They are cut offs from Rosie Parks, the Bronza Parks skipjack under restoration at CBMM.

James & Doc check the joint for the mast. No gaps.

The North Shore Dinghy gets seats

AFAD particiant James Monfort seals the deal

"Looks like a boat" ... with Spanish cedar transom, mahogany keel and white cedar planking

Bob Baker's model, courtesy of daughter Sarah, sits on the keel of the AFAD version

The oak stem will stand out against the painted cedar, now with primer

The transom & metalwork will shine

Casey admires the locust knees and painted interior

One more Smith Island Skiff finished with her name "Gug"

With new metal work, the rudder & tiller are fitted

Sanded brightwork and primed planks await paint after all seats are fastened

Friday, May 25, 2012

Blacksmithing Demos at the Boatyard

This past week, the boatyard at CBMM has revived a program called "Visiting Masters."  The goal is to try to expose the apprentices to as many experiences as we can during their time at the Museum and it is always good to bring in an outside expert to teach something new. 

Michael Cardiff shares his trade as the shipwrights, journeyman and apprentices learn how to make tools necessary in the restoration of the skipjack Rosie Parks at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD. Cardiff is a native of Easton, MD and has worked in the production blacksmith shop at Historic Williamsburg, and now runs two blacksmith shops of his own. He recently published a how-to book on blacksmithing illustrated by his twin brother Patrick. 

Shipwrights and apprentices gather in the boatyard for a blacksmithing demonstration.

A caulking iron gets fired up.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

First of the Deck Planks installed on Rosie

The first of the deck planks were installed on our skipjack Rosie Parks yesterday. It's amazing to see how far she's come in just a year. Come b y the Museum and chat with our shipwrights as they restore this amazing piece of history back together. AND if you're so inclined, grab a tool and help!

The first deck plank is fitted by shipwrights Ken and Chris

Deck with caulking bevel and paint ready to install

Looking aft over several courses of deck planking as it meets the King Plank

Another view of the deck planking looking aft

Looking forward at the deck planking as it pays into the King Plank

Looking aft toward the transom