Destinations around the Wooden Boat School
The Pacific Northwest is a great area in which to live, study and play. While attending the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, you’ll find yourself right in the middle of a remarkable playground.
Surrounding us are hundreds of miles of protected cruising waters and at our backs tower the snow-clad Olympic Mountains. Hiking, climbing, skiing and sailing are just a few of the many experiences found on the Olympic Peninsula. Pacific Ocean beaches lie a couple of hours to the west and the sunny San Juan Archipelago is 20 miles across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The region is also close to the metropolitan centers of Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia & Seattle and Tacoma, Washington.
Port Townsend, WA: Victorian Seaport
This small seaport of 8,000 people has become a center for the local wooden boat building industry. Boat builders, sailmakers, riggers, blacksmiths and other marine trades people carry on a long maritime tradition. Summer tourists come to shop in the diverse stores along Water Street and to enjoy historic downtown, once home to a boisterous population of sailors, lumbermen, land speculators and those who profited from them. Uptown, stately Victorian homes, many lovingly restored, overlook the harbor. About ten miles from the school, Port Townsend is a great place to visit and offers a wide variety of drinking, dining and shopping opportunities. It is also home to a vibrant community of locals who enrich the town with their art, music, drama and businesses. Port Townsend is recognized as the wooden boat capital of the West Coast and is host to the annual Wooden Boat Festival.
Port Hadlock, WA: A Rich Maritime History
Located at the southern end of Port Townsend Bay, Port Hadlock, founded by Samuel Hadlock in 1870, is one of the now forgotten corners of busy Puget Sound. Back then, lumber ships, schooners and square riggers lined up to load timbers manufactured by the Washington Mill Company’s new sawmill. Hotels, saloons, stores and barbershops sprang up. For thousands of years prior to the arrival of the immigrant Europeans and Asians, Northwest Indian tribes gathered here at what they called Tsetsibus to live, visit, gather shellfish, gamble and race their cedar dugout canoes. Today, traces of this long Native Peoples occupation survive as shellfish middens along the shores. Of the sawmill, which burned in 1910, only pilings remain. A small collection of turn-of-the-century wood framed buildings still stand on the waterfront, including the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding.
The school has a boat livery for student use throughout the school year. The livery includes rowing skiffs that were built by students in previous years. Students can check out and use the skiffs after school and on weekends after they have successfully completed a required safety orientation.
Community Boat Project
The Community Boat Project program for high school students is located on the campus of the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding.
NWSWB students who volunteer for the Community Boat Project can earn the opportunity to sail on the weekends guided by staff from the Community Boat Project.
Resource links on the Olympic Peninsula
The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding
is accredited by the ACCSC
The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). The ACCSC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. The School is also licensed under the Private Vocational Schools Act, Chapter 28C.10RCW of Washington State. Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution.
Any donations made to the School are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.
The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is located on the Olympic Peninsula in Port Hadlock, Washington. Focusing on traditional small and large, as well as contemporary wooden boats, the Boatbuilding School is nationally accredited and internationally recognized as a fine vocational institution. The Boat School honors the boat building traditions of the Pacific Northwest and Puget Sound with boat shops located due south across the bay from Port Townsend, Washington. Programs, courses and workshops are offered throughout the year and include traditional wooden boat subjects such as lofting, oar making, painting and varnishing, boat building, carvel and lapstrake planking, small, large and contemporary wood composite boat construction. Craftsmanship and woodworking are of the highest caliber within the maritime vocational trades. At the center of our programs is the ability to earn an Associates Degree in one-year, culminating each September in presentations at the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. Serving the Seattle-area woodworking and boat building community for over 34 years with the highest level of craftsmanship and integrity.