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Frames on demand

    View this post on Instagram   They’re spoiling us down here! Needed some green celery top pine for frames…so we headed to Dave Golding’s mill and he ripped a batch up! Thanks Dave! #haven12 #nwswb #notasawstop A post shared by Sean (@koomenzoo) on Dec 23, 2018 at 1:53am PST

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Boatbuilding in the Huon Valley

  View this post on Instagram   Another beautiful day in Tassie! Feels a bit like home- steam boxes, skiff launchings, Steve Stanton Stock room (#theman) and fresh sheer strakes of celery top pine! Honored to be working with such a fantastic crew. #haven12.5 #hydrowood #awbf #nwswb #woodenboatcentre A post shared by Sean (@koomenzoo) on Dec 17, 2018 at…

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And then there were eight

A team of alumni, lead by Boat School Chief Instructor Sean Koomen, have made it to Tasmania two months ahead of the 2019 Australian Wooden Boat Festival and begun building a Haven 12 1/2 to auction at the festival. The team and build are being hosted at the Wooden Boat Centre in Franklin, 50 miles south of Hobart. This…

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Drowned wood to be transformed into boat

Members of the boatbuilding team visited local sawyer Dave Golding who has operated a mill that’s been in Tassie for 150 years. He specializes in milling Celery Top Pine, harvested by Hydrowood (underwater logging of dammed reservoirs). Celery top pine is good for all members of the boat: centerline, framing, planking, decking, etc. and is what we’re using on…

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Containers have arrived!

Two containers of boatbuilding supplies and American boats, including a Poulsbo boat, Sid Skiff, and Whitehall built by Boat School students have arrived in Hobart!   View this post on Instagram   Day 7: The days of happy go lucky vacationing are soon to go on hold. Our containers arrived for inspection in Hobart today and will make their…

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The gang’s all here

The team has arrived and ready to start the Haven 12 1/2 build at the Wooden Boat Centre-Franklin, Tasmania. A heat wave the last couple of days go up to 90-95 degrees! Cooling off today though into the 70’s. Cleaning up the Shop and hanging our sponsorship banner. The entire crew of 8 has arrived safely. All are eager…

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AWBF Press Release 1

The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding to Represent USA at the 2019 Australian Wooden Boat Festival Hobart Festival February 8-11, 2019 Will Draw over 200,000 Attendees   PORT HADLOCK, WA, USA, June 7, 2018 — The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding (NWSWB) has been invited to represent the United States at the 2019 MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival (AWBF),…

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