Location: Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, 246 Market St, Lowell MA
Time: 3:30 PMFee Information: FreeContact Name: Maggie HoltzbergContact Email:e-mail usContact Phone Number: 978-275-1719
Come hear three expert craftsmen talk about the role model-making plays in building schooners,
musical instruments, and historic representations of seafaring vessels. Joining us will be National
Heritage Fellow and shipwright Harold A. Burnham of Essex, noted maritime historian and ship
model builder Erik Ronnberg, Jr. of Rockport, and Greg Bover, VP of Operations at CB Fisk
Pipe Organs, Inc. of Gloucester.
For wooden boat builder Harold A. Burnham, a half-hull ship model is a design tool. Similarly,
CB Fisk creates precise scale models to ensure each pipe organ complements the architecture
that surrounds it. For Ronnberg, however, the full-hull ship model is a historical representation, a
form of visual storytelling. All three individuals not only know each other, but think very highly
of each other's work. Their discussion will no doubt be full of fascinating details, tricks of the
trade, and little known facts about the importance of model making.