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St Michaels Maritime Museum MD #1: Boat Making Apprentice program

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Blog entry by Karson posted 04-11-2009 02:15 AM 2101 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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On April 10, 2009 my son David and I went to the St Michaels Maritime Museum which is on the Chesapeake Bay. In their Boat shop they have an apprentice program where you build a boat on Sat and Sundays. As many people that show up work on the boat. It may take a period of months to finish the boat. You don’t have to go every day in the weekend or every week.

The Museum web site.

The Apprentice program.

Notice the price on the completed boats.

The current boat under construction.


It is modeled after this boat.

This is another boat that is completed.

The row boat that was used in the movie “Failure to Launch” with Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker, where they were in a row boat on a small lake was made in the apprentice program at the museum and was sold to a buyer in California. It hung off the roof of the boat house for a couple of years before the buyer picked it up.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †



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Richard Williams

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#1 posted 04-11-2009 02:27 AM

Excellently done. Beautiful.

-- Rich, Nevada,

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#2 posted 04-11-2009 02:37 AM

Great post Karson. Wish I lived closer as I might have tried that for a couple weekends. Never tried any boat building.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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gbvinc

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#3 posted 04-11-2009 03:30 AM

Very cool.

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#4 posted 04-11-2009 04:40 AM

nice post. i bet you and David had a good time out there:-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 04-11-2009 05:22 AM

they sound sort of cheap to me, should be a good value for the lucky buyers.
M

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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#6 posted 04-11-2009 04:29 PM

How sad I am staying far away. My ancestors were shipbuilders.
Sharad

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#7 posted 04-11-2009 04:53 PM

Karson: Thanks for bringing back memories. I used to sail out of Oxford, MD. There used to be a small one car ferry that took us on a “short cut” to St. Michaels.

That certainly is a beautiful little sailboat.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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Karson

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#8 posted 04-11-2009 07:39 PM

8iowa: as we left the museum we went across the Oxford ferry. Friday was the opening day so we were right on time. they were closed down for the winter.

It looks like the bay is about 1/2 mile across at the two docks. so I don’t know if a cable arrangement would work. The one there now is a power driven ferry that will take 7 or 8 cars. We were lucky because the gate was dropped and they saw it coming up so they raised the gate and let us on. It’s a 30 minute round trip.

We drove there from St Michaels because if we drove to Oxford and the ferry wasn’t operating yet it would have been about 45 minutes to drive around, and to get to St Michaels. The trip from the St Michael end was only about a 4 mile trip to find out if the ferry was operational.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#9 posted 04-12-2009 01:55 AM

Looks like a very worthwhile project.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 04-12-2009 02:31 AM

For those in the mid-west who are interested in classic wooden boat building; http://www.greatlakesboatbuilding.org/

There is also an antique wooden boat show held there on the second saturday of August.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#11 posted 04-12-2009 04:06 AM

There used to be and may still be a big wooden boat show in Seattle in late Aug or early Sept. I remember the dates because one of the wife’s cousins brought his boat to a family reunion on the way home one year.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 04-12-2009 04:11 AM

I just remembered a friend who was building a 20 some foot sail boat who had me haul the keel form him was getting a divorce. His ex decided to take a chain saw to the project one day in a fit of rage!! He had teh ribs pretty well done the last time I saw it. That was pretty much the end of that boat :-(( I don’t know if he was able to slavage anything, but he heated with wood and was very short on $$, so I suppose it went in the stove.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 04-12-2009 05:53 PM

Hi Karson;

You and David must have had a great time. I hope you stopped at one of those all you can eat seafood places.

I hope David understands how good of a father he has, and picks up your life habits.

Lee

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#14 posted 04-13-2009 03:17 PM

Not really a boat person, but quite interesting bits of history. Thanks for taking the time to share with the rest of us.

-- Bob Lance, DE

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#15 posted 04-16-2009 03:48 AM

some day…i would like to have the skills to make a small boat…we have a nice litlle river with some great scenery in this little valley…sounds like a very cool way to learn and help…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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