Gallery Talk: Master Shipwright Clark Poston on Restoring Wooden Boats

Gallery Talk: Thursday, September 4, 2014, 7:00 PM, Barrington Library Auditorium:

Master Shipwright Clark Poston on Restoring Wooden Boats


Clark Poston will describe the process for restoring classic, wooden boats at a lecture on Thursday, September 4 at 7 PM in the Barrington Library auditorium.

Poston trained for seven years at the Mystic Seaport Museum with renowned boat builder John Gardner and then spent two years building and restoring wooden boats on Martha’s Vineyard at Gannon & Benjamin Marine Railway before going to Europe as the lead shipwright on the archival restoration of Avel, an 1896 C. E. Nicholson cutter.

Poston then founded the John Gardner School of Boatbuilding in Annapolis, MD before joining the International Yacht Restoration School staff in 1998.

At IYRS, Poston played a key role in the design, development and roll out of three federally-accredited career training programs: a two-year program in wooden yacht restoration, a six-month marine systems program, and a new six-month program in composites technology. He is also responsible for maintaining the important relationship between the school and its industry partners.

The lecture is sponsored by the Barrington Preservation Society and complements its recently opened exhibit: Barrington Ship to Shore. Poston’s talk is free and open to the public.