Just in time for the festive season, a new gift shop at The Carpenter’s Boat Shop in Bristol is now open. There are handicrafts: shaker-inspired oval boxes and trays, solid cedar Adirondack chairs and wooden toys to the delight of children. All are made by volunteer friends of the Boat Shop who meet there every week to work together.
T-shirts, sweatshirts and caps for children and adults carry the Carpenter’s Boat Shop logo. And a special feature – while they last – is a collection of beautifully framed fine art prints depicting sailing ships, warships and sea plants. These prints were donated to The Carpenter’s Boat Shop by a friend and supporter who owns a gallery and framing shop in Basking Ridge, NJ. They are sold at less than 50% of their original price.
The souvenir shop is open – self-service – from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday. The best way to visit is to come for tea as a guest of the Boat Shop at 10am every weekday morning. After sharing refreshments and chatting with boat shop apprentices, staff and volunteers, one can then tour the showroom, which features the boats built at the boat shop and the new gift shop in the room adjoining the exhibition hall. Please Note: The Boat Shop will be closed for the Holidays: Nov 27-Dec 1. and 20 Dec. to Jan 6. There will be no tea time and the gift shop will be closed for this holiday. Tea time will resume on January 3 and the gift shop will be open throughout the school year and into the summer.
The Carpenter’s Boat Shop is located at 440 Old County Road, Bristol. The showroom and gift shop are in the red barn on the right side of the road. Tea time is down the hill on the left in the main workshop building.