Required Tools and Books


Before students arrive on campus for their first day of class, gathering a basic kit of good quality tools is essential. Students can acquire tools independently or through Edensaw Woods, a proud corporate 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 Books:

2017-2018 Student Book List

Required Tools:

How to Order:

The tool lists for each quarter are below. Edensaw Woods will have “Tool Buying Days” right before the start of school (specific dates coming soon). 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:

Classic Woodworking 2017-2018

Winter, Spring and Summer Quarter Required Tools:

Traditional Small Craft 2017-2018
Traditional Large Craft 2017-2018

Contemporary Wooden Boatbuilding 2017-2018




211 Seton Rd.
Port Townsend, WA 98368
Questions? or 360-344-0203


On this map point “A” is the Boat School, point “B” is Edensaw Woods.


A Little Bit About Edensaw Woods

Edensaw Woods is excited to offer students the tools they need to be successful while at NWSWB.  Located about seven miles from the Boat School, the folks at Edensaw can help students learn about the tools for their new trade, as well as provide the wood they will be working with to build and restore the boats they build.

Edensaw Woods was started in 1984 by two Boat School graduates —  Kiwi Ferris, who graduated in the very first class, and Charlie Moore, who graduated in the third class. They founded their business on the goal of bringing to this area the wood they needed for the boats they were building. Thirty years later, Edensaw Woods is going strong, and have become corporate supporters of the Boat School.



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. All donations made to the School are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.