The Arts of the Sailor
Principles and practices; tools and traditional techniques.
- Eric Stockinger—August 5–11
Materials fee: $105
Hervey Garrett Smith’s classic 1953 book, The Arts of the Sailor, is the inspiration for Eric Stockinger’s introductory course on traditional rope and canvas work. While many people have an interest in learning how to sew canvas with a sailmaker’s palm and needle, there is little practical instruction available, and even less information on where to find good, modern substitutes for tools and materials once used by sailors aboard tall ship. Here’s a great opportunity to gain some of those skills and plenty of information on knots and ropework, as well.
The week will begin with the fundamentals of palm and needle sewing, discussions of tools and various materials, and basic marlinespike rope work. Students will work on several projects throughout the course. Everyone will make their own ditty bag with a fancy marlinespike handle.