Merry is a marine rope worker with more than thirty years of experience in the
trade. Founder and owner of The Marlinspike Artist in Wakefield, Rhode
Island, she has worked on projects for boats of all sizes, from small
traditional sailing craft and working schooners to commercial fishing
vessels and Coast Guard cutters.
In 2008 Barbara received a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) to conduct a teaching apprenticeship in marlinspike seamanship.
In 2011 Barbara was awarded a Southern New England Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program grant from the Institute for Community (ICR).
She has taught at the WoodenBoat School and The Northeast Maritime Institute,
and has written on rope and rope technology for WoodenBoat Magazine
and Invention and Technology Magazine.
second edition of her book "The Splicing Handbook", published by International
Marine, is available at most marine booksellers.
regular exhibitor at the Portland, Maine Boatbuilders show and the WoodenBoat
show, she has also lectured at the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol,
Rhode Island and the Seaman's Church Institute in Newport. She also
teaches and consults privately.