Guild Volunteer Honored at CMM

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Guild Volunteer Honored at CMM

Solomons, MD - 3/11/2012

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The Patuxent Small Craft Guild (PSCG) honored Al Lavish for his 31 years of service as Secretary/Treasurer at their annual meeting on February 4, 2012. 

For more than 30 years the Patuxent Small Craft Guild, which began on January 19, 1981, has perpetuated the art of building traditional wooden boats of the type and style used on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Additionally, the Guild assists in the restoration and preservation of boats acquired by the Calvert Marine Museum (CMM) and builds replicas of boats as desired by the museum.

One of the founding fathers of the Guild, Lavish has been responsible for many of its accomplishments. The CMM’s very popular toy boat building program has been his specialty for years, and he has helped thousands of young people construct toy boats. Recognizing the importance of education for our children, Lavish constructed a hands-on pulley/purchase demonstration model found in the PSCG building. It shows children how heavy equipment can be moved easily by one person using physics. Al was CMM’s 2010 Volunteer of the Year, and will continue to play an active role in Guild projects and activities.

Under the direction of Boatwright George Surgent, the Guild boasts many accomplishments. Last year there were 21 full size boats built, the group assisted in the building of 1,194 toy boats, a new scaled down Bugeye sailboat was constructed as a landscape feature on the museum grounds, and a vintage Old Town canoe was completely restored. Numerous boat repairs, preventative maintenance, and improvements to the Wm. B. Tennison were accomplished. The PSCG team assists with educational projects and other activities that benefit individuals and groups at the museum. They were active in hosting a number of events and programs involving other groups such as the Solomons Island Model Boat Club (SIMBC), Annapolis Maritime Museum, Maritime Festival and Antique Boat and Marine Engine Show, Sea Scouts, Chesapeake Cat Boat Association, and Screw Pile Race.

See the Guild members at work on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Patuxent Small Craft Center Building.

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