Patuxent Small Craft Center

Located next to the Small Craft Building and adjacent to the boat basin, the Patuxent Small Craft Center serves as the headquarters for the small craft program. Here, volunteers of the Patuxent Small Craft Guild, under the direction of the museum's boatwright, maintain the museum's fleet of historic boats and preserve the art and skills of wooden boat building. Boat building classes are held year-round for those interested in building a canoe or rowing skiff.

Join the Patuxent Small Craft Guild.
Click here to view the Patuxent Small Craft Guild Facebook Page.
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PSCG in the News:

Unique Boat Makes A Big Splash: The Carol Jeanne is Southern Maryland’s first electric, wooden boat. It started as a winter science project nine months ago for several volunteer members of the Patuxent Small Craft Guild (PSCG). This 20-foot open boat is owned by Bill Wright, who financed the project and worked in partnership with Annapolis Hybrid Marine.

Solomons Island Model Boat Club

The Patuxent Small Craft Center is also the home for members of the Solomons Island Model Boat Club (SIMBC), one of the most active clubs at the museum . A fleet of forty-eight inch, radio controlled skipjacks built by club members races on summer weekends at the museum waterfront. They also hold regattas, inviting enthusiasts from up and down the east coast to demonstrate their skill. The SIMBC also demonstrates its fleet of radio controlled "Victoria" sailboats and other model craft.
Join the Solomons Island Model Boat Club.
Visit the SIMBC website

Build a Canoe

Have you ever wanted to build your own canoe? Calvert Marine Museum is now offering the chance to build a 16-foot wooden canoe to fit your schedule. With the “Build a Canoe by Appointment” program, you provide us with two consecutive days and we will put you on the calendar.

Invite your family or friends to join in the fun of building your very own 16-foot wooden canoe. With simple hand tools and guidance from experienced instructors, your canoe and paddles will be assembled and ready to paint at the end of the second day.

A fee of $650 for CMM members and $700 for non-members includes all materials necessary to complete one canoe and paddles, except paint. No experience necessary! Children ten years and up are welcome in the company of an adult. Hours of the class are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Would you rather have a 12-foot rowing skiff? Calvert Marine Museum also offers a similar class in building a 12-foot rowing skiff. The cost for the skiff is $1,000 for members and $1,050 for non-members. For an additional $850 you can have a sailing version, including sail, spars, daggerboard, and rudder.

Financial assistance is available to qualified applicants from the Melvin Conant Memorial Youth Fund. The Fund was established in 2004 to encourage young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to participate in programs offered by the Calvert Marine Museum’s Patuxent Small Craft Center.

For details and scheduling contact George Surgent at 410-586-2700 or

Early Chesapeake Single-Log Canoes: A Brief History and Introduction to Building Techniques. By Alexander Lavish and George Surgent of the Patuxent Small Craft Guild. Out of print. Click here to download a copy.

Patuxent Small Craft Center Toy Boatbuilding

On the fourth Saturday each month (with the exception of May, October, and December) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. build a toy boat. Sessions starting on the half hour, $2 donation requested.