2006-08-03 / Upcoming Events

Build your own wooden boat

More than two-dozen informative demonstrations, workshops and seminars will be offered to attendees of the 15th annual WoodenBoat Show, which will take place from Aug. 25 to 27 at the Newport Yachting Center.

No additional charge is required to take part in these sessions.

This year, for the first time, the show will provide an opportunity for showgoers to learn directly from the boat builders. Individuals can try to take a long shaving from a plank, learn how to make their own wooden cleat, or how to work a steambox. At the Hands-On Workshops, scheduled from 2 to 5:30 p.m. each day of the show, boat builder and teacher Aime Fraser, WoodenBoat Associate Editor Tom Jackson, students from the International Yacht Restoration School, and a cast of drop-in boat builders will be on hand to put them to work.

In addition, industry experts will offer daily demonstrations of various other wooden-boat-building skills throughout the weekend, such as evaluating and tuning hand planes by Harry Bryan and steam bending by Tom Hill on Friday. Subjects to be covered on Saturday include epoxy-plywood construction by Geoff Kerr, tool sharpening by Aime Fraser, and understanding lofting presented by the IYRS faculty and students. Peter Arenstam from Plimoth Plantation will discuss early rigging styles.

Show exhibitors will also present workshops related to their products or services.

The 15th annual WoodenBoat Show will present traditional classics and contemporary wooden boats of every type. In addition to dozens of beautiful boats, this unique celebration of craftsmanship, ingenuity, and beauty features products and services by 150 companies from across North America, plus a full schedule of workshops and demonstrations by industry leaders. Families can enjoy free activities for children of all ages at Captain Kidd's Discover Point and all show visitors are welcome to board the three-masted Portuguese barkentine tall ship Gazela Primeiro.

Discounted admission tickets are available at www.TheWoodenBoatShow.com or by calling 1-800 273-7447. Aug. 14 is the deadline for discounts. Tickets at the gate will cost $12 per day or $18 for the entire three-day run.

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