Gathering a basic kit of good quality tools is essential before students arrive on campus for their first day of class. The following information is provided to help students understand the tools needed for their respective program and how to acquire those tools.
For guidance on the required books and tools for the marine systems program, please read the following letters from NWSWB’s Lead Marine Systems Instructor Kevin Ritz.
For the boatbuilding programs, students can acquire tools independently or through Edensaw Woods, a proud sponsor of the Boat School, located in Port Townsend, Washington. All tools can be purchased through Edensaw Woods to make ordering easy and streamlined but is at the discretion of the student.
Required Textbooks and Recommended Reading:
Students enrolled in the Traditional or Contemporary Wooden Boatbuilding program are provided the required textbook, Hand Tools by Aldren A. Watson. All other required or recommended titles are available in the School’s library for checkout. The School’s store also stocks a number of the books, available to students at a 20% discount off the list price.
How to Order
The tool lists for each quarter are listed below. Edensaw Woods will have “Tool Buying Days” right before the start of school on Thursday and Friday, September 27-28, 2018. There will also be several used tool vendors at the School during the first week of class.
Pre-ordering your tools from Edensaw Woods ensures incoming students get a special Boat School discount. The “Tool Buying Days” at Edensaw offers support to students by having Tool Advisors and NWSWB Instructors on hand to give advice and assistance. If students have pre-ordered tools, they will be available for pick-up at this time. Tools will also be available to purchase. This is a great time to meet future classmates and get to know some of the NWSWB instructors and staff.
If you do not wish to order through Edensaw Woods, please reference the tool lists below to know what tools are required each quarter.
For additional tool guidance, read NWSWB’s Chief Instructor, Sean Koomen, advice letter: Sean’s Tool Letter
Fall Quarter Required Tools:
Winter, Spring and Summer Quarter Required Tools: