Carve & Race a Small Pond Boat with Mark Sutherland

Building a pond boat

Ready set, get-go!  Learn how to build your very own small pond sailboat. Carve and assemble your boat and then paint it with your favorite colors and designs.

We will have a regatta and race your boat on the last day! How do you design a winning boat?  Learn the science behind boat design.

This class is open for ages ten and up.  Sign up as a youth, adult, or a team of youth and adults in this boat-building workshop!


This class is made possible by the generous support of Ned and Merrielou Symes.

Maximum class size: 8

Mark Sutherland has been a professional craftsman since 1979, specializing in models of the nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century ships and boats, scrimshaw artifacts, and decorative ship carving and figureheads.  He began building ship models at age eleven and began his professional career on Nantucket with commissions for models in bone and repair work.  He has developed a unique style of half-hull modeling, based on the nineteenth-century “shipping office” style.  In 1997 he was awarded the New England Foundation of the Arts Fellowship Grant Award.  His work can be found in several shops on Nantucket and his ship model the “Hero” hangs outside Zero Main Street, Nantucket. sutherlandshipmodels.com

The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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