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Summer Boatbuilding Workshops – 2013

Contact: Pete Leenhouts, Director
Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding
Phone: (360) 385-4948
Fax: (360) 385-5089
Email: [email protected]

Boat School Offers Wide Range of Workshops During 2013

Port Hadlock, WA, May 15th, 2013.

The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is hosting a wide variety of informal workshops during 2013.

The School, now in its 32nd year of instruction, is a non-profit institution devoted to teaching and preserving the skills and crafts associated with fine wooden boatbuilding and other traditional maritime arts.

Located on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula on the waterfront in the little town of Port Hadlock, the School is accredited to offer four full-time courses, three of which lead to Associates in Occupational Speciality (AOS).

Our avocational not-for-credit workshops are offered to people in all walks of life who are interested in learning a new skill or polishing an old one with us. We offer a wide range of these workshops throughout the year. We suggest that those interested keep an eye on our website for new offerings as they appear.

Here’s our current summer workshop schedule, organized by date:

Lofting Wooden Boats
Dates: July 15 – 19, 2013
Tuition: $625 (includes materials)
Lofting is the fundamental process through which boatbuilders derive the patterns with which to build traditional and contemporary boats. We’ll show you through demonstrations and plenty of practical hands-on experience how to loft and take the lines from wooden boats. You’ll loft two different boats and take the lines from a third.

Build a HEIDI Skiff
Dates: July 27 – August 3, 2013
Tuition: $950 (includes materials)
Location: Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding Port Hadlock WA
The Heidi is a beautiful, traditionally-built flat-bottom wooden skiff that rows like a dream. It is featured in designer Rich Kolin’s best-selling classic book “Traditional Boatbuilding Made Easy – Building the Heidi Skiff”.

Come and spend 8 days in our waterfront boat shops with our staff instructor and a small group of wooden boat enthusiasts to learn the secrets of the craft. This is one of our most popular courses! The skiff will be available for purchase to a student builder at a discounted price at the end of the class.

Build and Sail the SCAMP Pocket Cruiser with John Welsford and Howard Rice
Dates: August 5 – 16, 2013.
Tuition: $1,895 (boat kit, tools, trailer and materials extra)
Location: NW Maritime Center, Port Townsend WA

SCAMP is the wildly popular trailerable water-ballasted sailing micro-cruiser designed by New Zealand designer John Welsford for the magazine Small Craft Advisor. Featured in WoodenBoat magazine March/April 2012 and in Small Craft Advisor as well, this pocket-sized 11 foot 11 inch modern plywood boat packs in big fun on the water. We tauight this course once in Port Townsend and once in Michigan last year, and both courses sold out immediately!

Oar-Building Workshop with Jason Bledsoe
Dates: July 26 – July 28, 2013 (9am – 5pm)
Tuition: $375 (includes materials)
Location: Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding Port Hadlock WA

Jason Bledsoe is a skilled local shipwright who will introduce you to the various types of oars we build for our boats here at the School. Under his expert instruction, you’ll build a pair of 7 to 9 foot traditional larch oars. Learn how to use the tools needed to turn square stock into a beautiful set of oars! You’ll also learn and practice the steps needed to leather the oars you build.

Half Model Workshop
Dates: August 2 – 4, 2013 (9am – 5pm)
Tuition: $375 (includes materials)
Location: Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding Port Hadlock WA

Half models were traditionally used by wooden boatbuilders to visualize the shape of a hull they wanted to build. Once they had the model right, they’d take off the lines to loft and build the boat. Jason is a talented Boat School graduate and expert shipwright. He will introduce you to how we draft and loft wooden boats, and will help you build a pine half model that you will be proud to display.

Building the Masts and Spars for the SCAMP Sailboat
Dates: August 17 – 19, 2013 (9am – 5pm) (Saturday, Sunday and Monday)
Tuition: $350
Materials costs: $120
Location: Northwest Maritime Center Boatshop in Port Townsend WA

ABYC Marine Electrical Certification
Dates: September 12-15, 2013
Where: Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding
Time: 8-5 pm daily with an hour off for lunch
Course Registration Fees: ABYC Member $885.00 Non-member $1,170.00
42 N Water Street, Port Hadlock, WA
Port Hadlock, Washington 98339

Cris Gardner ([email protected])

This electrical certification course with instructor Kevin Ritz is designed and intended for those with a minimum of 3-5 years practical experience in the field of marine electrical design, service or installation. Students new to the marine electrical field should consider our basic electrical programming options.

The successful certification candidate should be familiar with all of the ABYC electrical standards, although the applicable standards will be reviewed as a part of the course. Course content is broken out into 14 topic areas that will be presented over a three and ½ day period. The three-hour certification exam will be administered during the fourth day of the program from late morning into early afternoon. The exact time for the exam will depend upon varying class sizes and review time needed.

Painting and Varnishing with Diane Salguero – Preparing for Winter Storage
Dates: September 23-27, (5:30pm – 8:30pm)
Tuition: $300 (includes materials)

Location: Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding Port Hadlock WA
Diane Salguero is a skilled local finisher with over twenty years of experience, and an engaging and popular instructor who has recently written an article on varnishing for Small Craft Advisor magazine. Diane will show you the secrets of preparing, stripping, painting and varnishing your boat, spars and other materials. She’ll explain how to choose the right material for the job at hand from among many different types of similar material. Demonstrations and lots of hands-on work will make this class a valuable one for anyone who appreciates a beautiful paint and/or varnish finish and wants to learn how the pro’s make it happen.

Diane will focus this class on preparing your boat and spars for proper winter storage (or use!) in the Pacific Northwest.