John Gardner Small Craft Workshop
Mystic Seaport, Mystic Connecticut
June 5-6, 2004

Traditional small craft
Traditional small craft at the Mystic waterfront

On June 5-6, 2004, enthusiasts gathered at Mystic Seaport for the 35th consecutive year to celebrate the joys of small boats. The weekend provides a great opportunity to view and test drive a variety of traditionally based small craft. Dories, skiffs, kayaks, dinghies, wood and canvas canoes are just a sampling of the watercraft in attendance. Many of the boats are owner-built and the exchange of ideas between participants is a highlight of the meeting.

Activity on the docks   Launching of new craft
Activity on the docks
 
Launching of new craft

During the weekend the Traditional Small Craft Association holds their annual meeting. The Traditional Small Craft Association, is a nonprofit, tax-exempt educational organization which works to preserve and continue the living traditions, skills, lore, and legends surrounding working and pleasure watercraft whose origins predate the marine gasoline engine. It encourages the design, construction, and use of these boats, and it embraces contemporary variants and adaptations of traditional designs.

Exchanging ideas outside the workshop   Canoe
Exchanging ideas outside the workshop
 
Beautiful hand-crafted canoe
Passing the oars to the next generation   Celtic Dancer
Passing the oars to the next generation
 
Bill Armitage takes the Celtic Dancer
for a spin

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