Save the Ajax Cafe, Grow the Boat School   Exciting news! The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding has an opportunity to expand our campus while also supporting the re-opening of our neighborhood Cafe. As you may know, the Ajax Cafe and the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding have been cornerstones of our community for over… Read more

The prototype version of four new Marine Systems Intensives will run June 19-Jun 30.  Participation by invitation. Classes will begin running later this summer. To learn more click HERE.

Raise a glass us and join us at the 27th Annual San Diego Wooden Boat Festival on June 17th! Meet up with fellow alums and friends of the Boat School for a beer of glass or wine. A great time to find out what is happening at the school, talk shop, boats and reconnect with… Read more

  For 36 years, thousands of students have lofted and built more than 100 vessels ranging from 8 to 50 feet. Learn more about joining this legacy of problem-solvers by registering for the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding’s Admission Open House.   May 19, 2017 | 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM     OPEN HOUSE… Read more

The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding delivers a quality education that is effective and unique — old-world craftmanship relevant to today’s workplace. We’re going strong after 36 years and it’s time to celebrate! We invite you to attend the Boat School’s 3rd Annual Gala & Fundraiser ‘Building on Tradition’ April 22, 2017 at the Northwest… Read more

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!

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

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Upcoming Events
3:30 pm First Friday Tour @ Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding
First Friday Tour @ Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding
Dec 1 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
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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