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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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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 signature method in…

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Week 13: What’s a little rain when you have boats to build?

Never underestimate the powers of human observation.  Just don’t expect immediate leaps to scientific discovery based upon this particular skill. Case in point,  Port Townsend seemingly loses half of its population come late October winter winds. Given the option of staying in place to sit out short days or soak up some guaranteed liquid sunshine, the “snowbirds” head south…

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Week 12: We’re Back!

Memory is a fleeting thing—and very selective. We tend to recall that which appeases the soul, while casting aside unpleasant recollections. Many a school teacher has learned this lesson the hard way. Give your students a two week holiday break and most will have forgotten how to add, subtract, multiply or divide…to say nothing of reading or writing. Now…

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Marking 35 Years of Teaching

  January 2016 marks the 35th year of the Boat School! To commemorate this milestone we journey back to November 1982 when the Boat School campus was located at the Port Townsend Boat Haven and the first student built boat was launched. The Charity Ann was a 28-foot working tug built on commission and was a replica of one…

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Monk Skiff Launches

The first group’s skiff launched this Friday, bringing a close to the first quarter. Students return January 4th and move into their specific programs in Traditional Small Craft, Traditional Large Craft, and Contemporary Boatbuilding.  

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Planking the Batela!

The Batela is a traditional Venetian boat, that is, developed in the Italian city of Venice. It is a flat-bottomed boat with a slight degree of rocker (meaning, the bottom is curved from bow to stern) to make it easier to row and control. Rowed standing up, it is essentially a cargo carrier or ferry. The Traditional Small Craft…

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Turning the Drascombe Longboat

Instructor Bruce Blatchley’s class turns their Drascombe Longboat. Students are Rw Barrett, Eric Kay, John Sandoval and Chuck Garrett. Nice work guys! This boat is being built for a youth boating program led by the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in Baja, Mexico. They currently have a fiberglass fleet of Drascombes. This wooden one should be lighter, stiffer and…

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Sea Trials for the Light McKenzie River Boat!

The Light McKenzie River Boat, as it is traditionally known, is described in detail in Roger Fletcher’s book “Drift Boats and River Dories”, published by Stackpole Books in 2007. The book’s ISBN is 0-8117-0234-0 . Roger Flectcher’s website is www.riverstouch.com . The McKenzie river flows west out of the Cascades Mountains in central Oregon and terminates north of Eugene…

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Working on the BBC Whitehall (Chopping off bungs)

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) asked the Boat School to build three traditionally-built Whitehalls as replicas of the boats used by John Wesley Powell and his group of explorers during their first-ever descent of the Colorado River in 1869. The BBC will film a reenactment of the voyage later in 2013. The School is building one 16-foot Whitehall, the…

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Sid Skiff on the water!

This 13′ Sid Skiff was built by the 2011-12 and 2012-13 Traditional Small Craft students. A dream to sail and row, this boat is extremely fun and maneuverable – perfect boat for beginners and expert sailors. Built of cedar on oak frames, she is light and strong. (This particular boat has sold.) “I’ll Calm the Ocean” by Morgan O’Kane….

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2013 Wooden Boat Projects

Every year at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding we build an exciting lineup of boats for either commission or for spec. This year our students have been building the: – Hanson Forest Service Scaler Boat Instructor: Ben Kahn Photo Gallery Commission Posting This boat was designed by the American designer H.C. Hanson in 1957 for the US Forest…

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The Two Loves of Francis Lee

by Kurt Hoehne January 31, 2014 The Francis Lee story is part love of craft and part love of sailing. The combination is simply the best of sailing and a showcase for the Pacific Northwest’s boatbuilding skills. (see complete list at end of article of those who contributed) Love of Craft It’s hard to find someone with greater love…

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Class of 2014 skiffs nearing completion!

This year’s class has done a terrific job on their skiffs! We can’t wait to see them on the water! Bruce Blatchley, instructor, with his students l. to r.: Bobby Bowen, Matt Shaunnessy, Austin Hatch, Penelope Partridge, Michael Mullally, Alex Finn, Alan Fenwick and Bruce Blatchley. (Not pictured are Ryan Oswalt and Peter Flint.) These students are finishing up…

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