Yacht model maker Robert Eddy will talk about his craft and his creations Sunday, Sept. 4, at Camden Public Library as part of the Camden Windjammer Festival’s weekend festivities.

“I have some images that will show some of the highlights of my career,” said Eddy, “and which will show the process and complexities of yacht model making.”

His talk includes the Herreshoff 1915 schooner yacht Mariette; and Atlantide, which took 5,500 hours to build.

“She is now in Blue Hill Bay and seen locally in Camden once in a while,” Eddy said. “I will talk a bit about the owner [the late Thomas J. Perkins] and his passions, as well as the construction process for these time-consuming and challenging projects!”

Eddy and his crew create exquisitely crafted, custom yacht models for private collections. Each commissioned piece is flawlessly detailed and perfectly scaled. Every nuance of the owner’s yacht is recaptured using noble materials such as the finest woods, silver, gold and precious gems. The results are the highest quality models, displayed in elegance and flair that make them timeless pieces of art.

Eddy works closely with clients to identify what their needs are in the same way they have worked with their shipyard. The desired scale; location of the model in the home, office or on board the yacht, timing requirements; and choice of materials are all important factors. The process begins by gathering preliminary information from the offices of the designers and the builders.

“We then compare the measurements and photographs that we have collected from the completed vessel to be meticulously cross-referenced in order to achieve the highest level of accuracy,” Eddy said.

His devotion to model building as an art form has led him to incorporate new technologies and acquire a variety of traditional and contemporary skills over four decades. He utilizes materials both natural and synthetic, appropriate to the chosen construction technique. He utilizes jewelry techniques and precious metals such as gold and silver to build the precise hardware unique to each individual model. This combination of devotion, skills, materials, techniques and technology usage enables him to produce models that will retain value, integrity and longevity to be endured for generations.

In 1978, after graduating from Wentworth Institute, Eddy returned to Maine for summer work and was employed by a local jeweler, Daryl Reiff. In 1979, he moved to Boston to work in an architectural office overseeing the model shop of Benjamin Thompson & Associates, creators of the famed Faneuil Hall Marketplace. While in Boston, he set up his own shop in Lincoln, Mass. It was during this period that he was employed by another model shop in Waltham and a jewelry store in Wellesley, Mass., and began designing pendants and charms in gold and silver that his shop still produces today.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.