The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will be hosting shipyard programs introducing participants to basic woodworking and rope splicing this spring. Both workshops will be held in CBMM’s Shipyard, and advanced registration is required. These are great programs for all beginners!

Intro to Woodworking will be held from 9am–4:30pm on Saturday & Sunday, March 2–3. Seip Family Foundation Shipwright Apprentice Zack Haroth will lead this two-day program, in which both power and hand tools will be demonstrated. Each participant will create their own handmade mallet and leave with the confidence to work on projects at home. No prior experience is necessary, and materials and tools will be provided.

To sign up, visit The cost for this shipyard program is $130, with a 20% discount for CBMM members.

They have scheduled a one-day Intro to Three-Strand Rope Splicing workshop for Saturday, March 23, from 9am–4pm. Participants will leave this course with a greater understanding of not only the structure and proper care of three-strand rope, but also how to form and use a variety of splices. CBMM’s lead rigger, Sam Hilgartner, will cover the eye splice, short splice, grommet, and long splice. If time and participation skill allow, he will also cover the chain splice and sailmakers eye splice.

The cost for this program is $50, with a 20% discount for CBMM members. For more details and to register, visit

CBMM’s Apprentice for a Day Shipyard Programs take place year-round, offering demonstrations, workshops, intensives with visiting master craftsmen, on-the-water experiences, and customized programming. Programs take place on weekends and select weekdays, and include a variety of programs for every interest and age. To find one that’s right for you, visit