Maritime Museum Offering Riveted Steel Structure Workshop

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The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum will offer a four day Riveted Steel Structure Workshop on May 20-21 and 27-28, 2017. In this hands-on workshop for ages 16+, participants will learn the basics to the craft of riveting from Instructor Jeff Dardozzi, while participating in the creation of a full-scale riveted steel and timber structure to be erected on site by the participants. The workshop will also include a tour of one of the oldest riveted steel ships on Lake Champlain. The workshop will be held from 9 am to 4 pm each day. Workshop fee is $300, $275 for Lake Champlain Maritime Museum members.

The practice of riveting steel was an important technological development that allowed steel to overcome the inherent limitations of wood in construction, making possible the creation of many of the modern world’s most iconic images such as the Titanic, the Eiffel Tower and the Empire State Building. The practice faded with the advent of welding and new methods of structural engineering. While these new methods provided increased efficiencies and reduced costs to industry, they failed to match the largely unintentional beauty of riveted steelwork. Today, the art and craft of riveting is being reclaimed by designers and builders, furniture makers and artists for use in contemporary practice.

Workshop instructor Jeff Dardozzi built his first log cabin at age 17. He entered the building trade in 1976 in suburban Philadelphia, and developed design and drafting skills studying architecture and fine arts in San Francisco. Jeff’s experience also includes adaptive use of NYC loft spaces, and designing and building unique sustainable buildings in Pennsylvania. Through the collective LivingStructure, Jeff facilitates self-built housing and community space initiatives, creating unique buildings and rewarding experiences.

The objective of the workshop is to provide participants with the basic knowledge and the practical experience to design, plan and execute work using steel riveting. To facilitate this, the participants will fabricate components and assemble a set of riveted-steel arched trusses that will form the Foundry Shed for the Maritime Museum. The workshop will cover:

* Understanding riveted metal work
* Review of practical applications of riveting in structural and non-structural work
* Guidance in use of metal-working tools, shop and safety
* Overview of steel materials and standard profiles to be used
* Selecting the right rivet for the job
* Design, layout and proper preparation of steel elements
* Traditional and contemporary
methods of heating, placing and closing rivets
* The workshop will also include a small element of timber-framing work that will teach basic joinery and use of timber-framing tools.

To register, click here. For more information contact Kris Jarrett at or call (802) 475-2022 ext. here.

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