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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 36…

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Join the Celebration at 3rd Annual Gala & Fundraiser

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 Maritime…

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Enrollment Open for Class starting Oct. 2017

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 and…

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Thank you First Federal!

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!

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Viking boat-building techniques taught on Peninsula

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 many…

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Week 22: Halfway There…

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 upon…

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Splash!

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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Filson Strikes Again!

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.  

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Week 21: And Then the Wind Blew In…

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 long…

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WoodenBoat Magazine Highlights Prothero Method

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 a…

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Week 20: Looking Out Over the Bow

  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 acquiring…

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Week 19: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

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 employed…

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Week 16: Tourists in Our School

Imagine, instead of boarding a plane, ship or train, one could discover new worlds immediately outside the doorstep of your house. Yes, yes, I know the folks who specialize in infectious diseases understood this for a long time—every sneeze is a new adventure in their world. But, what about boat school? Hey, aren’t we all just…

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Week 15: Pancakes

  Pancakes. Somewhere along the line an editor has politely told me no introductory clause has a single word and certainly should not be a breakfast meal. What a shame, all that lecturing gone to waste and I insist on opening with pancakes. Mind you, that is not all we did during week 15, but the…

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Week 14: One Step at a Time

Maybe it was in second grade (I don’t remember kindergarten or first grade; a real shame), as at least one author has made a fortune by claiming to have learned everything necessary for life during that first year of exposure to a public education. (Think I’m kidding? Ask the local librarian for a copy of Everything…

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