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Viking boat-building techniques taught on Peninsula

Check out the Peninsula Daily News article that highlights the workshop at the Boat School From the Forest to the Sea: 11th Century Norse Boatbuilding taught by renowned boatbuilder Jay Smith hosted at the School. The workshop will introduced participants to 11th Century Boatbuilding including the technology of the period, methods of construction, and the many unique tools used…

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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 signature method in…

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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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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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Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding’s Betsy Davis featured at Chamber meeting!

Boat building school leader: Skills learned in maritime trade have currents in other facets of life PORT TOWNSEND — Students at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding graduate with skills that are beyond the obvious, the school’s director said in a presentation to the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce on Monday. Executive Director Betsy Davis, who took over leadership…

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NWSWB’s Contemporary Program featured!

Record crop of students has boat school class at NWMC Leader newspaper article The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is intent on enhancing local collaboration while furthering its regional reputation. For more than 35 years, the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding has been a contributor to the Port Townsend Bay and Jefferson County experience, noted Betsy Davis, executive director….

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Port Townsend Rhody Parade 2014 a blast!

Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding student Mark Paxton enjoys attention at the Port Townsend Rhody Parade from the Sequim Irrigation Festival Royalty. Our Boat School parade team awaits the start of the parade. L. to r: Executive Director Pete Leenhouts, students Mark Paxton, Bradley Suedekum and Courtney (last name TBD). Director of Education Pamela Roberts shows off her maritime…

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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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Breaking news! Boat School enrollment opens January 2014 for the 2014-2015 school year!

Enrollment at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding will open this coming January 2014 for the 2014-2015 school year. New enrollment forms and a new catalog will be published and posted soon online at the following link: http://nwswb.edu/programs/enroll/ The Boat School has capacity for a new cohort of 55 students each year, starting their programs on or around the…

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R2AK – Sail, Row, Paddle – All the way to Alaska! First Prize – $10,000!

R2AK – starting June 4, 2015 in Port Townsend, WA SAIL, ROW, PADDLE. ALL THE WAY TO ALASKA! DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES? The physical endurance, saltwater know-how and bulldog tenacity to navigate the 750 coldwater miles from the Lower 48 to Alaska. DO YOU HAVE IT? Guaranteed blisters, mild hypothermia, and the cathartic elation that comes from…

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AUCTION: TOOLS, MACHINERY & SMALL BOATS!

WOODWORKING~WELDERS~SHOP ITEMS~DINGHYS~SMALL BOATS~SCRAP! A public surplus auction will be held SAT., NOV. 8, 2014 at the NORTHWEST SCHOOL OF WOODEN BOATBUILDING’S “Rubb Shelter,” on the upper part of campus.  Included will be tools, boats, machinery, and all kinds of misc. hardware. CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS OF SOME OF THE ITEMS FOR SALE This will be a live auction and…

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Halsey Herreshoff presents to students at Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding!

Halsey Herreshoff, Naval Architect of production and custom yachts, sailor and former president of the Herreshoff Marine Museum, gave a presentation to students at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding on their second day of school, October 2, 2013. Mr. Herreshoff is part of a remarkable line of Naval Architects, most famous among them his grandfather Nathanael Greene Herreshoff….

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2014 Associate Degree students graduate from Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuildling

Port Hadlock, WA, September 10, 2014 The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is pleased to announce that thirty-three students have successfully completed the twelve-month Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) degree program in wooden boat building and will graduate on Wednesday, September 17. Friends, family, fellow students, board members and alumni are invited to a ceremony and potluck honoring the…

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NWSWB Contemporary Boatbuilding program expands

Port Hadlock, WA, August 15, 2014 The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding (NWSWB) in Port Hadlock is excited to announce a new collaboration with the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend. Due to significant growth in the Contemporary Wood Composites Boatbuilding program at the School, the Northwest Maritime Center will host approximately 18 of the School’s full-time vocational students…

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Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding Sail In — August 3, 2013 – Port Hadlock, WA!

The Puget Sound Chapter of the Traditional Small Craft Association is co-sponsoring a Sail-In. The four boat shops at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding will be open for tours, as will the blacksmith and welding shops. An informal bar-be-que will be hosted by the School for students, staff and TSCA members and guests. In addition, there are plenty…

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Take a workshop at Port Hadlock’s boat school, then soak up the salty scenery

Originally published February 23, 2013 at 7:01 PM | Page modified June 21, 2013 at 1:17 PM The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is at the heart of this ‘education vacation,’ with good food, hiking and paddling nearby. PORT HADLOCK, Jefferson County — If you’re one of those nautical types who mystify the medical community every time a blood…

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Peter M. Leenhouts resigns as Executive Director of the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding

Port Hadlock, WA, July 3rd, 2014 – The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding (NWSWB) announced today that Peter M. Leenhouts has officially resigned from his two-year post as Executive Director. In his statement to the NWSWB Board of Directors, Leenhouts explained his future plans, saying that he was proud that he successfully led the School through a period of…

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