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2013 Boat Building Projects

– Every year at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding we build an exciting lineup of boats for either commission or for speculation. 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…

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After three years Sliver is on her way to Seattle!

The Bob Perry-designed yacht, “Sliver,” was picked up today and is on her way to Seattle where her mast will be installed and the finishing work will be completed. Sliver was a three-year Contemporary Wood Composite Boatbuilding project that touched the lives of many of our students. We would like to thank everyone who was involved in her construction,…

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Boat School students complete project for BBC!

In boats made here, the BBC will repeat an incredible river expedition! By Brian J. Cantwell Seattle Times outdoors editor A new TV documentary about John Wesley Powell’s famed exploration of the Grand Canyon has come to Washington for authentic — if ill-suited — wooden watercraft. LONG BEFORE any modern-day, quinoa-gobbling Californian had the notion, John Wesley Powell may…

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Stephens Waring Designed Sentinel 24 Ready for Teak Deck Installation

This year’s Contemporary Wood Epoxy Program students did a fine job building the Sentinel’s hull and deck. After a couple final details in the boat’s cockpit construction, it’s on to laying the teak deck. With a mast delivery in mid-July and sails being sewn as we speak, the excitement for this year’s Wooden Boat Festival is really starting to…

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June 13, 2013 Whitehall boat launch a success!

The launch for the BBC’s Whitehalls was a great success on June 13, 2013. Three Whitehalls were launched – two large and one smaller. The two large Whitehalls were built in the boat shop of Instructor Ben Kahn with students: Gina Bonneau Noah Flegeall Chris Brobst Asa (TBD) Shawn Huston Patrick Carlisle Sam Hunt Mark Stuber Instructor Jeff Hammond…

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Sentinel 24 Deck Installed

The 2013 Contemporary Wood Composite students move closer to finishing the Sentinel 24. Here are a couple photos of the completed deck frame and completed subdeck installed! The cockpit was constructed in a separate area from the boat and then lifted into the deck beams. The boat will be finished with teak laminated to the sub deck. Students have…

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Framing the Hanson

I don’t believe that I could ever get tired of framing boats. It seems like the boat just appears in front of you. Of course it doesn’t. There has been a lot of work to get to this point. We have spent hours lofting, making molds, fitting and bolting the back bone together, but this is when it all…

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Thursday, June 13 at 6 pm – we launch the Whitehalls! Join us at the Boat School!

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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28′ Hanson

This year (2013) we started the second Forest Service Scaler’s boat designed by H.C. Hanson in 1957. To see us building the first Hanson, click here. The U.S.F.S. used these boats to get the scaling crews to the log rafts at remote harvest sites. Their job was to determine the volume, or “scale” of the timber; A scaler would measure each…

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Willits Brothers Canoes

You Take No Risk in Ordering from Us The Willits Brothers and Their Canoes by Patrick F. Chapman Old Town, Maine. Peterborough, Ontario. Canton, New York. We instantly associate these locations with the great canoe makers of their time. Old Town. Peterborough, Rushton. The companies and their canoes are revered. For those of us in the Pacific Northwest, Tacoma,…

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Rolling the Bartender Upright

This classic Pacific Northwest design is from the board of George Calkins, and was drawn in 1963. It was the biggest of the Bartender class, which was designed for the rough surf off Washington and Oregon’s Pacific coast. The design was so successful that it was accepted by the U.S. Coast Guard for use as its surf rescue boat….

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Team Success!

This was a great week in the Bartender boat project. Quinten has a scheduled interview with an employer, the boat exterior is coming along quite nicely, and we’re getting close to actually rolling it over! You can see more photos about the Bartender at the following link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nwswb/sets/72157633338042561/ Congratulations, team! L. to r: Bruce Blatchley, instructor, with Evan, Matt,…

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Blue Crescent Wooden Boats

<<Back to Business Supporters Table Graduate of 2006, Pete Thompson started his own boat building company called Blue Crescent Wooden Boats, where he builds purpose driven boats for passionate boaters in Lake Mills, Wisconsin. http://bluecrescentboats.com

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Fox River Valley Boat Company

Wooden boats are a moment in history that can be elegant and timeless. An expression of your attitude to classic values that can be preserved. Successfully creating, maintaining, and passing on the value of a wood boat takes professional skills and knowledge. Since 1929, Fox River Valley Boat Company has taken pride in having the necessary expertise to restore,…

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StanCraft

Each StanCraft wooden boat is custom designed and built by hand using beautiful African Mahogany, and powered by fuel-injected engines from 320 hp to 1200 hp. The great thing about designing and building a StanCraft is no two boats are crafted exactly alike.  Each owner incorporates their own style making their boat truly one-of-a-kind. Company Website  

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Sentinel-24 – long-boarding the hull

Instructor Sean Koomen (in dark orange shirt) leads his class long-boarding the Sentinal-24 hull. Longboarding the hull is done with a long board onto which sandpaper is fastened. The board bridges minor imperfections in the hull and helps to being the hull to a uniform level that can support a high gloss finish. This is the first boat in…

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Row Boats

The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding builds a full variety of row boats on commission. Contact Pete Leenhouts, Executive Director, at 360-385-4948 if you are interested in arranging a commission. Click here to see a list of boats you might want to consider! Click here to see photos of boats we have built in the past.

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