Our Students Share a Love of Wood, Boats, and Craftsmanship


About our Wooden Boat School Student Body

Current Students: To access information regarding housing, curriculum, syllabus click HERE

A common thread expressed by people who attend the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is an affinity for wood, boats, and fine craftsmanship. You will find that your fellow students are of all ages and come from all walks of life.

Students include recent high school graduates, middle-aged workers and professionals making a career change, retirees learning new skills, veterans utilizing their educational benefits to pursue their dreams and international students from around the world. All our students have vocational goals for attending. Many will pursue boatbuilding as an exclusive career, while others will use their craftsmanship in areas such as fine furniture making, aerospace industries, musical instrument building, and home construction.

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 Alumni Testimonials

International Students Find Us on the Internet

8494173129_971af45d8f_bMasaki was a 14-year-old 8th grader in Japan when he became aware of the Boat School through the Internet. Now, as a young adult, he graduated from the Traditional Small Craft Program. There, he mastered the basics of fine woodworking while building row boats and sail boats in a variety of traditional designs.

Masaki is confident he will fill a niche in the boatbuilding community. His long-term goal is to create his own business.

Second-Career Explorers Love to Work with their Hands

Hannah-1 - Version 2Hannah graduated from the Boat School and went on to successfully work a variety of jobs in the wooden boatbuilding industry. Over time, she settled in to a professional lifestyle that focuses on three main areas of activity. These include teaching middle school students as part of an urban after-school program, working in a private boat shop along with the retired shipwright owner, and traveling to other locations around the country for short-term work on boat projects that are larger and in need of extra workers.

Retirees and Veterans Have Waited Years to Attend

patrick2Patrick retired from his career as a real estate appraiser and had been thinking for years about learning how to build wooden boats. It had always been a dream of his to build a wooden boat. After graduation from the Boat School, Patrick started a business as a boat surveyor and appraiser.

He has a real love of woodworking and especially enjoys sharing the experience of learning with students younger than himself. Patrick reminds us all that it’s never too late to make a dream come true in the wooden boatbuilding world.

Career Explorers Want Something to Enrich their Lives

Pride Shows ThroughTom had a successful career in the tile and marble home construction industry. He eventually decided that the time had come to explore another passion which was working with wood. Boatbuilding stretches the skills of even the most accomplished woodworkers because of the complicated processes necessary to create curved surfaces and the joinery required to build a boat. After graduation, Tom plans to establish a youth development program centered around boats.

Our students have various vocational goals – boat building, furniture making, aerospace industries, and educational programming to name a few. Common threads they share are an affinity for wood, boats, and fine craftsmanship.


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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.