Join us for a five-part series exploring the principles behind the design and construction of traditional wooden boats. Participants will have the opportunity to experience hands-on practices at several traditional boatyards within the Essex National Heritage Area.
This event is the kick-off lecture by Justin Demetri with Harold Burnham.
This introductory talk will set the stage for our Art of Wooden Boatbuilding series. Experts Justin Demetri and Harold Burnham will give valuable background into the history of boatbuilding as they explain the evolution of the fishing schooner and its construction. This will including the chronological history, told mainly through the lens of Gloucester and Essex, of the famous two-masted schooners: from the colonial Chebacco boats to the mid-20th Century.
Harold will share his expertise in traditional boatbuilding methods and explain various elements of construction. This will all be highlighted by historic images from the Essex Shipbuilding Museum and examples from Harold’s personal schooner projects.
This talk is the perfect way to kick-off the Art of Wooden Boatbuilding series, or it is a wonderfully engaging and informative evening on its own. We hope you will join us! $15/person. $12/members
Each hands-on individual workshop session is $75 per person
Saturday, March 28th: Building the Schooner
Saturday, April 25th: The “Fit-out”
Saturday, May 9th: Rigging a Tall Ship
Saturday, May 23rd: Building The Dory
Optional activities for each session will be $20 and available for purchase on-site the day of the session.
Tickets to all five sessions are available for a special package price of $250 please email Ryanc@essexheritage.org or call (978)740-0444 for ticketing or for more information.