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Building a Ship in a Bottle

Revealing the secrets of how to get big ships into small bottles.

August 6 – August 12
Brooklin, Maine
Glenn Braun
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This is a five-day course ending Friday

Nobody knows how far back building ships in bottles (SIB) goes. To the era of the packets and early clippers, perhaps? And who built the first SIBs and why? Sailors on long voyages? Sailors in retirement? Sailors working from the idea that if they could get a tiny version of their ship safely into a bottle it might help ensure their safe arrival into port? We are probably not going to be answering any of these questions definitively, but whatever the truth, ships in the bottle continue to engage and excite our imagination.

Over five days we will build a miniature replica of the famous Down Easter HENRY B. HYDE and get it into a bottle using traditional methods and materials. Along the way we will discuss and maybe attempt or at least get started on a project using more advanced techniques. The bottle and supplies will be provided for the first model, but students are encouraged to bring bottles and other SIB projects-in-progress to discuss with the instructor and share with the class.

  • Who is this course best suited for?

    This course is appropriate for someone with little or no experience.  The course is designed around the idea that you have not done this before or know very little about the subject.  Students should pay more attention to suggested readings or videos to help familiarize themselves ahead of time.

    This course involves a low level of activity throughout the week including: occasional standing and working, seating is usually available, working on your own project at your own pace is common.

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