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Week 5: Hands on a Boat! Blending Instruction and Instinct

About the time I was lamenting absence of contact with nautical craft, we get a reprieve. Escape one came with a trip to Port Townsend’s “Boat Haven.” A working shipyard with an interesting collection of commercial, military, and recreational craft. If it floats—regardless of hull material—a boat in the Northwest is likely to be found in the Boat Haven…

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Week #4: Drafting Blues

No one ever said boat school would be all sawdust and hand tools. Oh, you would like to believe that was the case, but truth of the matter is new designs require drafting…and drafting means sitting at a desk while figuring out how to create a three-dimensional model on a two dimension surface. The computer guys have figured out…

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Week 3: Move Along…Nothing to be Seen Here

Welcome to week three of wooden boat school. By now you’ve been entertained with joints of all variety, made a few hand tools—including a mallet sufficient for whacking any chisel, and struggled through a variety of power tool lectures that leaves one wondering if any of these devices may be employed without risk to life or limb…or at least…

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Week 2: Time to Return the Favor

I was once asked why spend time on “free” projects when there is so much work to be accomplished at a billable rate? The answer—at least for me—is relatively simple.  Without the generous contribution of time and money from no small number of “strangers”, I would not be granted the privilege of residing in the American northwest, to say…

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Help Celebrate the New Milling Shop

      The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding launches its new school year with a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the new Hammond Shop Milling Room, a re-skinned and remodeled Rubb Shelter, and an expanded Metal Shop.   We are excited to share this major milestone with you. This was made possible thanks to the generosity…

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Day 1: When Old is New Again

Looking around the classroom, I had recollections of a mosh-pit at a Nirvana concert I attended back in the late 80s. “Seattle chic” was all the rage. You know the look; Black knitted watch cap, beard that was trimmed sometime last summer, flannel shirt, pair of dungarees (color not important), but no fashion designers, and working boots. Very fashionable…

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Congratulations Class of 2015!

A big CONGRATULATIONS to the forty-seven students who walked through graduation on September 16th, 2015. It took a great deal of hard work to reach this goal and they’ve accomplished it! Never stop learning, exploring, growing and challenging yourself grads. Best wishes as they start a new chapter and become the newest members of our growing alumni association. View…

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Alum Happy Hour: Celebrating Jeff Hammond

The Boat School kicked off the 2015 Wooden Boat Festival with it’s first annual Alum Happy Hour. This year we celebrated Jeff Hammond’s 30 years of dedication as a teacher and mentor at the Boat School. Current students, alumni, staff, and Boat School friends enjoyed a fun night of beer and peanuts while making new friends, catching up, and…

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2015 Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival

The 2015 Wooden Boat Festival is almost here! Don’t miss this wonderful world of boats happening September 11th-13th. Learn more HERE  Check out the Boat School’s ad in the The Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader 2015 Wooden Boat Festival Program happening annually at the Northwest Maritime Center. Make sure to stop by the Boat School booth, enjoy a beer at…

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2015 Diploma Students Graduate from Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding

The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is proud to announce that seven of its students completed their 9-month diploma boatbuilding programs and graduated on June 19. They are Jacob Eastlick, Thomas Gerald and Matthew Ryan (Contemporary Wood Composite Boatbuilding), Joanna Abeli, William Holt, Kelson Mills (Traditional Large Craft) and Joseph Caldwell (Traditional Small Craft). These students completed an intensive…

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Kent Davis (Class of 1995) instructor at Oregon State University!

KENT DAVIS (Class of 1995) has distinguished himself in the wood products manufacturing, research, and woodworking professions since graduating from the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding. Below is his biography from Oregon State University’s College of Forestry- Wood Science & Engineering program where Kent is a faculty member. Kent also has his own woodworking business, which you can learn…

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Instructor Bruce Blatchley interviewed about Contemporary Boatbuilding program at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Today’s podcast is an interview with Bruce Blatchley of the NW School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock, WA. Bruce is the lead instructor for the contemporary boatbuilding building program which includes stitch and glue, cold molded, glued plywood lapstrake among other methods. Bruce and I discuss several the current school projects (boats in progress)…

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Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding featured on front page of online Port Townsend Leader!

The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding’s recently completed and launched Batela was featured this week on the front page of the online newspaper, Port Townsend Leader! (See screen shot above.) You can read the article about this beautiful wooden boat built at the school by clicking here! – The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is everyone’s wooden boat school!…

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Paul Stoffer (Class of 2013) hired on at Port Townsend Shipwright’s Co-op in Washington state

Paul Stoffer graduated with the Class of 2013 and was hired to work at the Port Townsend Shipwright’s Co-op. Paul graduated the Traditional Large Craft program and took Repair and Restoration in the summer. He was a steady student, quiet worker, and very focused on this training while at the School. We wish you all the best, Paul, for…

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Liz Palmer (Class of 2011) participating in World Endeavors Summer Currach Building program in Ireland!

Elizabeth Palmer (Class of 2011) will be participating in the World Endeavors Summer Currach Building program in Ireland from June 29-July 17, 2015. Liz graduated from the Traditional Large Craft program in 2011 with an Associate of Occupational Studies degree and emphasis on Repair & Restoration. Congratulations, Liz, on this wonderful educational opportunity! Click here for the related website….

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BOATFEST AND SAIL-IN at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding – join us on May 30, 2015!

Date: Saturday, May 30, 2015 11:00 am to 5:00 pm Location: Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding 42 N. Water Street, Port Hadlock Contact: Bob Miller, (360) 385-9585 rmiller43@gmail.com Activities: Boat Rides from the Community Boat Project and Sail-In participants Music with Lobo Del Mar from 2:30-4:00 pm! Boat Launch – see our Catspaw Dinghy and cedar lapstrake canoe  hit…

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Bradley Suedekum (Class of 2014) featured in video about the Center for Wooden Boats!

Check out this video about The Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle. It features their Lead Boatwright Bradley Suedekum (Class of 2014)! Bradley was always interested in the history of wooden boats and he had a strong wish to work on boats that were of historical value. He stated at one point that his dream job would be working…

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Alec Binder (Class of 2014) joins Ocean Pursuits of Rockland, Maine!

Alec Binder (Class of 2014) has joined Ocean Pursuits of Rockland, Maine working in boat repair and restoration! Alec graduated from the 12-month Traditional Large Craft program at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding where he earned his Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) degree with an emphasis on Boat Repair and Restoration. Alec was instrumental in the forward progress…

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Korey Ruben (Class of 2014) joins Sprindrift Ocean Rowing in Port Townsend, WA

Korey Ruben has joined Spindrift Ocean Rowing and is using his well practiced craftsmanship to build modern carbon composite boats! Korey graduated with an Associate of Occupational Studies degree from the Traditional Large Craft program at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding with an emphasis on Yacht Interiors. Korey was known for his focus on meticulous detail and his…

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Peter Flint (Class of 2014) joins Un-Cruise Adventures of Seattle, WA and Juneau, AK

Peter Flint has joined Un-Cruise Adventures of Seattle, WA and Juneau, AK where he is a licensed deckhand. Peter graduated with an Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) degree from the Traditional Large Craft Program at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding with an emphasis on Yacht Interiors. During his program Peter was instrumental in building the transom for the…

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Gina Bonneau (Class of 2013) working for Custom Furniture Business in Port Townsend, Washington

Gina Bonneau from the Class of 2013 has been hired to work at the Seth Rolland Custom Furniture business located in Port Townsend, Washington. Gina was a dedicated student in the Traditional Large Craft program under the supervision of instructor Ben Kahn. Gina was detail oriented and very focused in her woodworking. Her class built two of the Whitehalls…

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