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Traditional Boat Building

Learn by doing in this four-day class! Gain hands-on experience in nearly every phase of construction of a traditional plank-on-frame, smooth, or lapstrake-planked boat. On the first day you will learn tool sharpening, hand tool use, and pattern making. Day Two focuses on building parts from patterns, including building a transom as an example. On the third day you will learn steam bending and cutting a stem rabbet, and on the final day of class different planking techniques will be reviewed, with a focus on carvel planking.

Discussion topics include wood types and sources, books and periodicals, and necessary tools. This comprehensive course will prepare you for any boatbuilding project. No previous experience is necessary. All tools and materials are provided.