Volunteer Spotlight, August 2016: Burr Sebring
Q: How long have you been a Volunteer at the Herreshoff Marine Museum?
A: I began working with the Reliance Project Group in the Summer of 2013.
Q: Why did you decide to volunteer at the Museum?
A: A good friend, Dave Stewart, has a loft directly above the workshop. He is familiar with my metal work and suggested that I talk with Sandy Lee, who is the project manager. It was not long after that conversation that I had a list of deck hardware to be reproduced in a one sixth scale.
It was challenging, but also rewarding, especially working with Captain Nat's original drawings. His concepts and solutions, sometime complicated, but always with strength and workability, were a challenge to reproduce in a smaller size. I feel I had the rare opportunity to work out smaller versions of his unique designs.
Q: What is it that you do here?
A: I am a metalsmith working primarily in silver and gold. Also, a designer with these two metals. I have my own studio and workshop in Barrington, which are my everyday pleasures.
Q: Tell us a little about your background.
A: I graduated from Rochester Institute Technology, and was employed at the Gorham Silver Company for twenty five years both as a designer and eventually as the Director of Design. I've had my own business as a Design Consultant for the last thirty three years, working with clients and manufacturers in both Europe and Asia.
Q: What is your favorite part about your time at the Museum?
A: The location of the 30' Reliance is of course my favorite. Sandy and his artisans have presented the museum with an unmatched treasure. I'm looking forward to its new location.....heeling with a full sail! Truly a masterpiece!
To read more about the work that Burr has done for the Museum, check out The RELIANCE Project Blog.