Wonders in Wood, on Land & by Sea


Audrain Automobile Museum
Wonders in Wood, on Land & by Sea exhibition on view March 18 thru June 11, 2023

Wood was the material of choice in boat building and the carriage makers’ trades for hundreds of years. Early automobiles followed suit. The wooden-bodied station wagons created by American, Italian, and English manufacturers from the 1920s thru the 60s were vehicles that also served as a canvas for the craftsman’s art in an era when coachbuilding was fading from prominence. Wooden boats and automobiles soon become fashionable luxury items in the early 20th Century. The “woody” created in many iterations evokes nostalgia for many of us! This exhibit will highlight iconic examples of boats and cars in wood, truly marvels on land and sea!

Audrain Automobile Museum
222 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, RI 02840

David de Muzio
Executive Director & Curator
(401) 450-2650

From the Community

Boat Launchings

Boat Launchings

Wee Lassie

Andrew Green recently launched his Wee Lassie canoe. This is the second Wee Lassie he has built.

Boat Launchings


Cedar strips canoe of the Gil Gilpatrick 16′ Laker design.

Boat Launchings


CLC kit, Jimmy Skiff II.Launched on July 8th 2023, built in home garage by Michael Selby with ass