Luke Boulware loves history and has been building model ships and boats for many years. Told early on that he had no talent for his craft, he persevered resulting in multiple invites over the years to show his works at the Doheny Tall Ship Festival. In Luke’s words, “I would like to encourage everybody to try the impossible. I was told numerous times that I had no talent for wood crafting… instruction and correction are valuable, but never let someone else dictate your abilities.”

The Providence River Workboat, used for commercial fish crabbing in Rhode Island, dates back to the 1870s. The box in the middle was a fish well used to store live crabs. If you look closely, you will see that this is only half a boat mounted on a piece of polished aluminum. Luke used a technique developed for the construction of plank on frame boat models and tested it as a proof of concept for this build. The model boat was donated courtesy of Brian Burcombe.

Exhibit added: March 12, 2022 - Last modified: April 21, 2023

Presented by The Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship