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Disappearing Lines with Gail McGarva 2022

A black and white image of Gail McGarva smiling for the camera in front of a wooden boat.

Join boatbuilder Gail McGarva for a two-day workshop that brings to life the craft of traditional wooden boat building and the stories of endangered boats.

Wednesday 19 & Thursday 20 October, 10am – 4pm.

The two-day Disappearing Lines workshop will give participants the opportunity to try their hand at two key processes in traditional wooden boatbuilding – steam bending using oak and copper-rivet fastening. Through Gail’s demonstrations and tutoring, you will create your own miniature oak ribcage of a boat in steam bent oak, a ghost ship symbolising the endangered boats that are disappearing from our shores.

The workshop is a combination of practical hands-on activities interwoven with capturing the stories of craft in danger of extinction. There is a maximum of 8 participants and you do not need to be skilled in woodwork and all equipment is provided.

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£120 per person for the two-day workshop.

For more information or to book your place on the 2022 Disappearing Lines workshop please email Gail on

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National Maritime Museum
Cornwall Trust
Discovery Quay
TR11 3QY

Tel: +44(0)1326 313388