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My name is Matthew Barnes, I'm an American shipwright and boat builder working for the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, CT. I'm also a graduate from the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport, RI and specialize in the use of traditional hand tools for wooden boat building.

I'm currently traveling over 10,000 miles, covering Amsterdam, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, the Faroe Islands, the UK, and Iceland. Documenting and learning the traditional methods from the Viking age and the influence they had on wooden boat building. I'm also apprenticing at the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, Denmark.