Visit any coastal village and you will see numerous hand carved sign boards identifying a business, a home’s owner, or a street address. These handsomely carved and gilded “nameboards” were originally made to identify sailing vessels and have specific names according to where they are placed on a ship. Trail boards, as the name indicates, trail aft from the figurehead on either side of the bow. Quarter boards are alongside the ship’s quarters. A stern board goes across the stern, sometimes being cut by the ship’s rudder post. Years after the American Revolution, most sailing ships only had trail boards. With the expansion of the merchant trade along the east coast of the United States in the early nineteenth century, congress passed a law in 1812, that the vessels name should be displayed on both the bow of the ship and the stern. This requirement resulted in the making of beautiful boards, examples of which have been an inspiration to generations of woodcarvers.
8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
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This introductory class is designed for those wishing to carve a nameboard for their home or boat. You will learn how to carve incised letters and numbers. You will also learn how to finish off the ends of your nameboard with a scallop shell, fan or star. Once you have the hang of it, you will be able to layout and carve a nameboard of your choice and design.