Woodworking class at Sail, Power and Steam

Jan 23, 2014
Participants in a winter workshop with artisan Hugh Lane will bring home a handmade chest.

Rockland — The public is invited to learn to make a dovetail blanket or sea chest with wood artisan Hugh Lane at the Sail, Power and Steam Museum at Sharp’s Point South, 75 Mechanic St. The class will be held in the “Dynamite” Payson Boat Shop every Tuesday and Thursday in February from 6 to 9 p.m.

In the class, students will learn classic carcass construction using the “no-glue” dovetail joint, resulting in a pine blanket/sea chest with soft iron clinch nailed hinges. They will learn layout and construction of this traditional joinery technique to produce a piece of functional furniture. Students may bring their own tools and/or borrow what they need.

Lane is a woodworker of 30 years experience in many aspects of fashioning wood, metal and other materials. This diversity is reflected in the capability of his workshop, which includes traditional woodworking hand tools such as those used in traditional timber framing, shipbuilding, historic casework (cabinet) techniques, wood and metal turning (lathes), and woodcarving. He teaches woodworking focusing on the traditional hand tools used in the golden age of American craftsmanship, with an emphasis on sharpening, design and accurate craftsmanship.

Fee is $120 plus $60 for materials; contact Lane at 701-7137 for more information and to sign up. For more information on the museum and its programs, call 701-7627 or 596-0200; or  email sailpowersteammuseum@gmail.com.

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

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