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Lapstrake skiff workshop set for February

The Model Guild of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., will host a weekend model-building workshop in the museum’s Bay History building from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 24; and 9-5 p.m. Feb. 25 and 26.

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Led step-by-step by skilled modelers, participants will create a 10-inch wooden rowing skiff with lapped side planking and a flat bottom. Class size is limited, with pre-registration needed.

The 10-inch model is formed over a frame in much the same manner as a real boat is constructed. Thin toothpicks are used along with fast-drying glue to fasten the models together. Models are made of one dark and one light wood, which are alternated in the design to make a handsome, two-toned appearance.

CBMM’s Model Guild welcomes anyone 12 years of age or older to take these classes, and encourages new members of all skill levels to participate in the guild, use its facilities and trade model-building experience with museum visitors. A special rate for a parent-child team can accommodate younger children.

The cost for the workshop is $80 for CBMM members and $95 for non-members. All tools and materials are supplied. Pre-registration is required by Feb. 20. Call (410) 745-2916 to register for the class or contact Model Guild Director Bob Mason at (410) 745-3266 or for information.