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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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Students prepare for winter boatbuilding!

Students at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding take a short break after moving an entire truck load of lumber by hand! Shown l. to r. are Matthew Shaunessy, Korey Ruben, Penelope Partridge, Alex Finn, Mark Mullalley, Mike Lee, Alden Rohrer, Corey Rodgers, Alan Fenwick and Caleb Underwood. Boat building has certain challenging physical elements that really help when…

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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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Basic woodworking off to a great start!

This photo gallery shows students in the 2014 fall quarter working on their basic woodworking skills. They have completed various projects, including spars, mallets, half-laps, dove tail joinery samples, and carving a rabbet into a model stem. Many of these students had little to no experience with tools and woodworking before starting this program. We have a dynamic class…

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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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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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Traditional Large Craft – a slideshow

The Traditional Large Craft program at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding will prepare you for employment in the field of wooden boatbuilding with an emphasis on large vessel construction. The knowledge and skill sets you’ll acquire in this program will enable you to join teams of boatwrights at an entry level, building vessels such as offshore cruisers, motoryachts,…

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Traditional Small Craft – a slideshow

Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding graduates of the Traditional Small Craft diploma and degree programs join teams of boatwrights at an entry level, building vessels such as offshore cruisers, motoryachts, workboats and replica craft of many types. Small Craft graduates also find entry level employment in maritime museums, historical societies, schools, and non-profit organizations that build, maintain and operate…

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Contemporary Wood Composite Boats – a slideshow

In this photo slideshow you can see the contemporary wood composite boats built at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding. Included are photos of the Stephens/Waring designed Sentinel 24 day sailor and 62-foot Bob Perry yacht. Students who graduate from the Contemporary Wood Composite Boatbuilding program go on to work in boat building and repair, as well as yacht…

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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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Panorama boat shop!!

The 4th quarter interiors class is building a mock-up boat so they can finish the inside. They will build bunks, cabinetry, bulkheads, and more. It’s fun to visit the boat shops each day and see the incredible progress that is made in the span of a single day at the Boat School!

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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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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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Open Enrollment Begins for 2015-16!

– – 42 N. Water Street, Port Hadlock, WA 360-385-4948 info@nwswb.edu www.nwswb.edu – Greetings! – Because of your interest in the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, I am sending you this important announcement below. I would greatly appreciate it if you would share this message with your friends and acquaintances.If you have any questions after reading, please don’t hesitate…

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Repair and Restoration skills prepare workers for the future

Gabriel works on restoring the Truant, planking areas that suffered from rot. These types of projects at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding help prepare students for work in Repair and Restoration of boats. The 12-month Associates of Occupational Studies degree program at the Boat School, includes the option to study in the summer quarter one of two class…

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Scholarship Tips

We have a range of scholarships at the Boat School, as well as other scholarships you may be eligible for. E-mail Student Services at enrollment@nwswb.edu or call 360-385-4948 ext. 307 for additional information. CLICK HERE FOR A PDF WITH ADDITIONAL TIPS FOR PURSUING THE MONEY – DON’T PAY FOR SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION IS THE FIRST TIP! –

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Tax Credits

Federal Income Tax credits can  help offset the cost of attending College. Visit http://www.irs.gov and enter “education credits” in the search box for details.

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