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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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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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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Quentin Ganser (Class of 2012) joins composite fabrication team at Scaled Composites aerospace firm in Mojave, California

Quentin Ganser graduated with the Class of 2012 and returned with the Class of 2013 to work on the school’s Bartender project.  After that time he was hired as a composite fabricator for Scaled Composites in California. “Founded in 1982 by Burt Rutan, Scaled has broad experience in air vehicle design, tooling and manufacturing, specialty composite…

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Patrick Molzahn is Program Director in Cabinetmaking & Millwork at Madison Area Technical College, Madison, Wisconsin

Credentials: B.I.A., School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL; B.F.A., School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL; Vocational Certification, Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building, Port Townsend, WA. Patrick has had a lifelong love of working with wood. He joined Madison College in 1998 after running his own Woodworking business for several years. Originally trained as…

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NWSWB graduate, Mark Stout, to head restoration of John Steinbeck’s historic boat – Western Flyer

Mark Stout of Scow Bay Boats said he is “rather thrilled” with the prospect of restoring the Western Flyer, which is not just any old wooden boat. He started work last week overseeing what he estimates would be at least a year-long restoration of the boat that famous American author John Steinbeck chartered in 1940 for…

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