Event Dates: 7/29/2017 - 7/30/2017

Location: Boatshop at Strawbery Banke

HANDS ON BOATS, the Boatshop’s new signature program, is designed for adults who are interested in wooden boats and who want to be part of constructing a new boat while learning-by-doing alongside a master boat builder. The 2017 HANDS ON BOATS participants will build a new Piscataqua River Wherry based on the lines off of an historic Piscataqua River Wherry, which is part of the Strawbery Banke Museum collection.

“Lofting a NEW Piscataqua River Wherry," July 29 & 30, 9 am to noon (half day).

Lofting is the process of "laying down" the full sized lines and dimensions of a vessel in order to "fair out" any issues before building, and to create the picture and shapes in order to create the molds and patterns for construction.

Using the lines and measurements captured from the historic Piscataqua River Wherry in Strawbery Banke Museum’s collection (as part of “Documenting” session), participants will work alongside Nate Piper, master boat builder, to draw a full-size picture of the boat on the boatshop floor, from which all the new construction patterns will be produced.

Full Day: 9am-4pm, includes lunch, $130 museum members; $145 non-members*
Half Day: 9am-noon, $79.20 museum members; $88 non-members*

*Prices are per day. Discounts available when you sign up for multiple days in advance. Please contact us for discount codes prior to signing up.
The remainder of the 2017 HANDS ON BOATS sessions will focus on the sequential phases of the new boat’s construction. Join us for on these additional sessions:

“Molds, patterns and frames for a NEW Piscataqua River Wherry,” August 13-17
“Planking a NEW Piscataqua River Wherry,” September 6-10
“Trim, rails and finish work for a NEW Piscataqua River Wherry,” October 11-14
“Hardware for a NEW Piscataqua River Wherry,” October 28-29

The new boat will be raffled off upon completion.

For information on other upcoming Boatshop at Strawbery Banke workshops and programs visit

Get Tickets 7/29/2017 9:00 AM 7/29/2017 12:00 PM
Get Tickets 7/30/2017 9:00 AM 7/30/2017 12:00 PM


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