For 36 years, the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding has been committed to providing a quality education in traditional and contemporary wooden boatbuilding that develops individuals into craftspeople. We strive to impart practical knowledge through hands-on education using wooden boats as a training medium. The School offers a 12-month Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) Degree… Read more

We are honored to be recognized as a Veteran Supportive Campus by the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs and send a big THANK YOU to the The Rotary Club of East Jefferson County (WA) for a Rotary District Community Grant to help fund veteran supportive initiatives at the Boat School. Read more in the… Read more

Thank you to all the attendees, board members, volunteers, staff, and vendors who made the Boat School’s 2nd Annual Gala & Fundraiser ‘Building on Tradition’ a success! What a night. We are proud to announce the event raised over $76,000 for the school’s programs! Thank you again to all the wonderful people who made this… Read more

Read the Port Townsend Leader article on Eric Hamar, talented traditional alaskan woodcarver and current traditional large craft student! Read the article HERE    

The University of Washington Human Powered Submarine hull halves in the process of getting bonded together in the contemporary class. Can you imagine yourself in this?

A BIG, HUGE thank you from our board and staff to our friends at First Federal Bank on their sponsorship for our 2nd Annual Gala & Fundraiser June 18, 2016! It’s not too late to get involved! To learn more about the big night, visit www.nwswb.edu/gala!

Check out the Peninsula Daily News article that highlights the workshop at the Boat School From the Forest to the Sea: 11th Century Norse Boatbuilding taught by renowned boatbuilder Jay Smith hosted at the School. The workshop will introduced participants to 11th Century Boatbuilding including the technology of the period, methods of construction, and the… Read more

Life is one of those finicky calendar problems. I am never quite sure where I’m at on the schedule. Is this the halfway point or just another birthday to be recorded in a writer’s diary? Fortunately, all schools come with clearly denoted start and stop points. It seems someone figured out students reach a point… Read more

It’s official! The Sea Beast and Felicity Ann celebrated their whiskey planks!

The Herreshoff Pram from instructor Leigh O’Connor’s class splashed! Congrats! “My students just finished up this Herreshoff pram last week. We launched it yesterday and had a nice day on the water. This is just one of four boats my class will be completing over a six month period.” – Leigh O’ Connor

Congrats to Haven Boatworks, LLC for their feature on the Filson March 2016 catalog. We spyed four NWSWB graduates from the classes of 2002, 2005,  2009, and 2012. Check out the catalog HERE and more about Haven Boatworks and the shoot HERE.  

Some of you will recall when school was cancelled for “snow days.” That white fluffy stuff that rendered driveways and streets treacherous until a shovel and plow were brought to bear. This is not a common problem here in the great Northwet. Oh, we get plenty of liquid green and lawns that come to life… Read more

Check out the article written by Chief Instructor Sean Koomen and Instructor Emeritus Jeff Hammond on the Prothero Method in the March/April 2016 WoodenBoat Magazine.   Boatbuilder Bob Prothero, founder of Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, championed an efficient method of boatbuilding that relied on extreme accuracy in the lofting. One element of this method—and… Read more

  Upon attaining what the adult world calls “maturity,” attending any school requires a bit of looking out over the bow. Put more simply, one begins to think about how expended hours in a classroom or shop are to be used in future endeavors. For some of us, the educational experience is a means to… Read more

Wooden boat builders are a philosophical bunch, or at least they come to be so. Constructing watercraft from a medium that has its own mind makes you realize time is fungible and progress often incremental. These are frustrating conclusions for recent generations who are offered the expediency of internet searches and phones smarter than equipment… Read more

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Upcoming Events
Apr
7
Fri
3:30 pm First Friday Tour @ Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding
First Friday Tour @ Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding
Apr 7 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
First Friday Tour @ Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding | Port Hadlock-Irondale | Washington | United States
See firsthand our tradition of craftsmanship and the exciting growth and changes happening at the school. We welcome you to join us at 3:30 PM on the First Friday of each month to tour the... Read more
Apr
22
Sat
5:00 pm 3rd Annual Gala & Fundraiser ‘Bu... @ Northwest Maritime Center
3rd Annual Gala & Fundraiser ‘Bu... @ Northwest Maritime Center
Apr 22 @ 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding joinfully invites you to join us at the 3rd Annual Gala & Fundraiser ‘Building on Tradition’. Help us celebrate 36 years of hands-on education with an exciting night full... Read more
May
5
Fri
3:30 pm First Friday Tour @ Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding
First Friday Tour @ Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding
May 5 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
First Friday Tour @ Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding | Port Hadlock-Irondale | Washington | United States
See firsthand our tradition of craftsmanship and the exciting growth and changes happening at the school. We welcome you to join us at 3:30 PM on the First Friday of each month to tour the... Read more
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