Welcome to the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding


Make a Living, Craft a Life


Welcome to the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding located in Port Hadlock, Washington. The Boat School is an educational institution accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Colleges and Schools (ACCSC), and attracts students from around world including such countries as Japan, Australia, England, South Korea, Austria, Canada, Taiwan, Ireland, Mexico, Scotland, and Tanzania. Our mission is to teach and preserve traditional and contemporary wooden boatbuilding skills, while developing the individual as a craftsman.

Founded in 1981, the School has taught traditional and contemporary wooden boatbuilding skills to more than 1,500 students. We offer a full-time 12 month Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) degree in Traditional and Contemporary Wooden Boatbuilding.

Associate Degrees at most schools take two years to complete; but, because activities at the Boat School revolve around an 8 am – 5 pm daily schedule, Monday – Friday, students are able to complete the Associates of Occupational Studies Degree within a 12-month period consisting of 4 consecutive quarters.

The school is a private post-secondary vocational school and a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit.


Our Instructors are Experienced Maritime Craftsmen


As a team, our instructors share a devotion to the highest levels of craftsmanship. They are inspiring professionals with years of wooden boatbuilding experience before becoming teachers. This experience helps them support the success of their students and helps them guide their students in their personal career goals and aspirations.

Learn more about our instructors HERE.

We Offer Both Traditional and Contemporary Wooden Boatbuilding


Our programs include Traditional Small Craft, Traditional Large Craft, and Contemporary Wooden Boatbuilding.  These programs give students a broad range of skills for careers in a variety of marine industries.

Graduate Career Paths are Interesting and Varied



These include work in boat yards, maritime museums, educational programs, boat design, architectural design, automotive design, charter services, tall-ship programs, wooden boat repair and restoration, yacht construction and yacht interiors, wooden boatbuilding, boat surveying and appraising, musical instrument building, home and business building construction, fine furniture making, boatbuilding coaching, and cabinetry.

Graduates of the Contemporary Wooden Boatbuilding program have career paths in addition to those mentioned above, including, aerospace & rocket construction, wind energy, automotive design, engineering, moorings, buoys, marine docks, floats, water skis/wakeboards, surf boards, recreational watercraft, and Jet boats.




No previous woodworking experience is needed to attend the Boat School.


Thinking of joining the School?

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Alumni Testimonials!

The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding
is accredited by the ACCSC

The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). The ACCSC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.  The School is also licensed under the Private Vocational Schools Act, Chapter 28C.10RCW of Washington State. Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution.
Any donations made to the School are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.


The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is located on the Olympic Peninsula in Port Hadlock, Washington. Focusing on traditional small and large, as well as contemporary wooden boats, the Boatbuilding School is nationally accredited and internationally recognized as a fine vocational institution. The Boat School honors the boat building traditions of the Pacific Northwest and Puget Sound with boat shops located due south across the bay from Port Townsend, Washington. Programs and workshops are offered throughout the year and include traditional wooden boat subjects such as lofting, oar making, painting and varnishing, boat building, carvel and lapstrake planking, small, large and contemporary wood composite boat construction. Craftsmanship and woodworking are of the highest caliber within the maritime vocational trades. At the center of our programs is the ability to earn an Associates Degree in one-year, culminating each September in presentations at the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. Serving the Seattle-area woodworking and boat building community for over 34 years with the highest level of craftsmanship and integrity.