Check this out:I am wandering around the shop at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and I see a long,old,wooden box. I assume it is battens and open it. Whoa –there’s a name…Howard Chapelle! I am holding Howard Chapelle’s personal batten box! Take a moment to reflect on the history of those [...]
I was pleased to be able to at least see a picture of the two-masted crabbing skiff I worked on last year during my Apprentice for a Day stint at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Here she is,and she is still for sale. A bargain at $10,500. This boat would be a wonderful,solid [...]
At the beginning of Howard Chapelle’s seminal tome Boatbuilding,there is a 4-page introduction in which Chapelle goes through the entire building process at a 10,000′level. After talking through getting out molds,cutting the rabbet,and installing deck beams,Chapelle devotes the final paragraph to a subject that one must assume is of equal [...]
And so,it came,my last of four trips out to Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Apprentice for a Day program. What a great experience it has been –I can’t wait until life’s other demands allow me time to head out there again.
The boat is coming along well. The frames and deck knees [...]
So one more surprise was in store for me during my recent trip to Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. At lunch I mentioned Howard Chapelle,he of American Small Sailing Craft and other utter classics,since he lived in the area. One of the boatwrights responded that Mr. Chapelle had retired to the museum. And you [...]
Geez –it has been too long. Apologies to my loyal readers –yeah,you three –for keeping you hanging. Last weekend brought me back to Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s for another installment of the Apprentice for a Day program. And a great day it was.
The boat has come along [...]
Yesterday was another gorgeous day,with a light breeze and a clear sky. Chesapeake Bay looked gorgeous,shimmering below me,as a crossed it on the Bay Bridge,headed East again for another day with Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Apprentice for a Day program. Last week had whetted my appetite;yesterday I was hungry,though. [...]
As my regular readers know (you know who you three are),I am longer on boat building desire than I am on facilities and time to actually do it. Ergo,I blog…That all changed today,however,and will again three out of the next four weekends. Courtesy of a thoughtful Christmas gift from Mrs. [...]
Another one out of WoodenBoat here…They recently did a piece on the Arey 18 Daysailer,a reasonably new design from Tony Dias. Its an interesting piece that devotes a just amount of time to detail the history of the Kingston lobsterboat,a class I had not knowingly encountered beforehand…
As part of this discussion,[...]