A Way with Wood
July 3, 2020 - December 31, 2020
This summer and fall the Collins Gallery in the Thompson Exhibition Building will be the host of a new exhibition, A Way with Wood: Celebrating Craft. The show will introduce visitors to the many ways people transform one of nature’s most malleable materials to objects of utility, art, and beauty.
At the core of the exhibition will be a boat-restoration and boat-building demonstration staffed by the Museum’s shipwrights. At times, their work in the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard, at the other end of campus, can be hidden from public view or can only be observed at a distance. For this exhibition, the shipwrights will take center stage and carry out different projects over the course of the show. The first will be a restoration of Afterglow, the tender to the Museum’s schooner Brilliant. Following will be the completion of a restoration of the Woods Hole spritsail cat Sandy Ford, and then the construction of a new dory for the L.A. Dunton. Little to no power tools will be used; the focus will be on work using hand tools.