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Small Craft Workshop

June 26 - June 28

The John Gardner Small Craft Workshop will again be held during the WoodenBoat Show, hosted by the Traditional Small Craft Association’s John Gardner Chapter.

In addition to having a booth to acquaint show attendees with the TSCA, there will also be demonstrations of skills that enhance the traditional small boat experience. Mystic Seaport Museum Boathouse craft will also be available at no charge for participants to use. We are hoping for a continuous back drop to the show of traditional small craft in action on the river.

All TSCA members are encouraged to attend with our without your own boats. There is plenty to do if you don’t bring your own vessel. Launching and parking details will be posted with registration materials.

Workshop participants can register to stay onboard the full-rigged Joseph Conrad on Friday and Saturday nights.

Registration for the Small Craft Workshop also allows you admission to the WoodenBoat Show all three days at no additional cost.

Indicate your interest in staffing the booth or demonstrating a skill on the registration form or contact Bill Rutherford at smallcrafter@gmail.com or 860.222.5249.


Workshop Activities

Use of Participants’ Boats

Small Craft Workshop boats will be located at the beach at Armstrong Workshop (former Australia Beach) to be available for use by others at the boat owner’s discretion. Boats from the Mystic Seaport Museum Boathouse will also be available at no charge for participants to use.

Demonstrations and Workshops

Attendees are encouraged to help with the workshop, either by manning the booth at the beach at Armstrong Workshop for a 2-hour period and/or giving a demonstration of some skill such as sail rigging, sculling, boat building, hardware making, etc. If you have a skill that you would like to demonstrate at the show, please volunteer. Demonstrations should last about an hour and will be held at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. each day.

Morning Rows

At 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday morning, there will be a cruise in-company open to all workshop attendees. We will gather at the beach at 8 a.m. and cruise either up river past the highway bridge to the beautiful salt marshes or down river past the Museum Village with classic yachts on their moorings.

 The Small Craft Workshop is jointly sponsored by Mystic Seaport Museum, the Traditional Small Craft Association, and WoodenBoat.