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WoodenBoat School 2014

Access to Experience

Dear Friends 34

CONTENTS Sailing........................................................... 3 Boatbuilding and Woodworking.........13

Thank you for inquiring about our program. Throughout this catalog you’ll discover a wide array of course offerings that may just present the opportunity, or even challenge, that you’ve been looking for. There’s always lots going on here at WoodenBoat School, with much to experience and learn for the beginner to the very experienced. Classes are small and intimate, allowing each student the opportunity to receive plenty of personalized attention. And our students are as diverse and friendly a bunch as you could imagine – all ages and from all walks of life, with all levels of woodworking, boatbuilding, and boating experience. You have the opportunity to live, explore, sail, relax, practice, and work alongside skilled professionals who are more than willing to share their expertise with you. Our beautiful 64-acre “saltwater campus” located on the coast of Maine, adds to the magic of the entire experience. I think the following quote from a student who joined us for the first time this past season says it all: “WoodenBoat School is truly an amazing place run with pride, experience, and care in every aspect. You have created a spirit of community comprised of people from near and far. Your instructors are all top notch. Thank you for welcoming me into such a fascinating world. Thanks for arming me with knowledge, some experience, new skills, and now, deep respect for the world of wooden boats. This has been a wonderful time in a beautiful place with fascinating people. Thank you!”  R.F., Dallas, Texas So, come join us. Go it alone or bring a spouse, a partner, a friend, or your family if you wish. It’s an easy place to settle in, relax, live in comfortable surroundings, eat well, make new friends, and have one of the best times of your life. Questions? Just get in touch and we’ll be glad to answer them.

Related Crafts...........................................32 Alumni Work Week..................................36 2014 Off-Site Courses.............................37 Family Week........................................38-39 Faculty........................................................40 Staff.............................................................55 Registration Information.......................56




Rich Hilsinger Director


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Sailing 2014 How To Choose The Best Waterfront Course For You We receive many inquiries from individuals who are thinking about joining us on the water, yet are unsure which course(s) to sign up for. While there are certainly different things to consider, we’re confident that we can help you choose the best course to suit your needs. All of our Sailing courses focus on becoming a sailor, which means much more than just learning to sail. Each course takes a “hands-on” approach, and the majority of class time will be spent in boats on the water. Our instructors are fine sailors themselves, each possessing good judgment and a knack for instilling confidence in a positive environment. Our classrooms are beautiful, wooden sailing and rowing craft that are a pure joy to step aboard. Our waters offer some of the finest sailing and cruising in the world. WoodenBoat School’s Sailing program has something for everyone, beginner to experienced. A wonderful introduction to the art of sailing is our very popular ELEMENTS OF Sailing course, offered throughout the season. For practical reasons, step two could be repeating ELEMENTS with another set of instructors. It is easy to forget information from one season to another, especially if you don’t have access to sailing where you live. The next step would be ELEMENTS II. Our CRAFT OF SAIL, SKILLS OF COASTAL SEAMANSHIP, and SEA SENSE UNDER SAIL selections get more experienced students out on an exciting array of larger sailing vessels. And, for those folks looking for a

unique “liveaboard” experience, we offer COASTAL CRUISING SEAMANSHIP, CRUISING THROUGH THE WATCHES, and SAILING DOWNEAST. You’ll also find excellent opportunities to gain experience in coastwise navigation and kayaking. So, take your time and read through these pages slowly. Please keep in mind that we’ll be glad to help you with any decisions that may prove difficult; just get in touch with us. Choosing the appropriate course brings not only the exhilaration of learning new skills, but the satisfaction of time well spent for everyone involved.

WoodenBoat’s Fleet of Small Craft 28'6" BELFORD GRAY, Friendship sloop 18'8" Mackinaw gaff ketch 18' GERONIMO, Westpointer 16' SHEARWATER, double-ended ultralight 16' BABSON, outboard skiff 16' WHISP, sailing skiff 16' SHENANIGANZ, Fenwick Williams catboat 15'11" DOVEKIE, Herreshoff 12½ 15'11" WE 3, Herreshoff 12½ 15'11" SEAL, Herreshoff 12½ 15'11" ALLENE, Haven 12½ 15'11" CRACKERJACK, Haven 12½ 15' 11" CONNIE L, Haven 12½ 15' 11" FOX, Haven 12½ 14' 9" AMERICAN BEAUTY, Whitehall pulling boat

14' SKYLARK, sailing dinghy 14' WILD ROSE, Maine Coast dory 14' SHIMMER, Biscayne Bay sharpie sloop 14' WINSLOW, Saturday Cove skiff 12' WHIMSY, Beetle Cat 12' ELATER, Beetle Cat 12' JESSE, Catspaw sailing dinghy 12' PICCOLO, sailing canoe 12' FERN, Fiddlehead, double-paddle canoe 11' 6" RACHEL and ARETHA, Shellback dinghies 11' 6" CHARLOTTE, Tom Hill ultralight 10' GOOD COOKIES, Constant Camber rowing skiff 9' 6" BIG, Nutshell sailing pram 7' 7" LITTLE, Nutshell sailing pram

Celebrating 34 Years of WoodenBoat School


2014 Sailing Elements Of Sailing I & II

Learn to sail courses that emphasize seamanship, instill confidence, and are fun.

Elements I Jane Ahlfeld & Annie Nixon — June 22–28, July 6–12 Jane Ahlfeld & Sue LaVoie — July 13–19 (Women Only) Martin Gardner & Sue LaVoie — July 20–26 Martin Gardner & Robin Lincoln— August 17–23

Elements II Martin Gardner & David Bill— July 27–August 2 Jane Ahlfeld & Eric Blake— August 24–30 Since early in WoodenBoat School’s history, we’ve had the great pleasure and satisfaction of introducing thousands of students to the joys of sailing. Our Elements courses continue to be among our most popular offerings, often bringing students back, year after year, for more sail training. Anyone can learn to sail, but these courses cover much more than that; our experienced instructors immerse each student in the art of seamanship. Our emphasis is on the skillful handling of small craft and building confidence in one’s abilities. These come from practice, and more practice. Sailing can provide a lifetime of fun and recreation, but it also requires some basic knowledge and experience. We have observed that the quickest and best way for folks to learn the fundamentals of sailing is by starting out in small boats. Our program will get you onto the water quickly, safely, and fully prepared. Under the calm and knowing guidance of our seasoned instructors, you’ll learn the essentials—sailing dynamics, boat rigging and spars, and safety precautions—followed by practical lessons on sailing techniques. Daily hands-on exercises and drills will take students through getting underway, maneuvering through the points of sail, keeping a course, tacking, returning to a mooring and dock, and much, much more. You’ll learn to rig our boats. We have various craft here that are suitable for the most timid and the most adventurous of students. Your onthe-water classroom for the week will be our fleet of Herreshoff and Haven 12½s—keel/centerboard daysailers that are a pure delight to sail safely. Above all, we want to take the drama out of sailing—it is a safe and enjoyable sport, and our heavy emphasis on seamanship should go far toward ensuring this goal. You’ll definitely have fun this week! When the wind is fickle, you’ll practice rowing and sculling. There will be daily classroom lessons about charts and navigation, safety equipment and weather conditions, knot tying and heavy-weather strategy. Our instructors focus their entire summer on our fleet and waterfront facility; their “sea sense” is highly tuned, and experiencing that may be the biggest lesson of all. In our Elements II course, students who have some prior small-boat sailing experience will have the chance to refresh their own “sea sense” and fine-tune their boating skills. You will work toward handling our vessels competently and confidently. Solo sailing will be encouraged, and a variety of more challenging tactical/navigational exercises will be presented. If you’re a graduate of ELEMENTS I, this is the perfect second step in your mastery of sailing. Essentially, this course is about sailing, sailing, and more sailing!

ELEMENTS II QUALIFICATIONS Becoming a sailor takes time (more than one Sailing course, we can promise), and it takes work. To ensure that you not find yourself “in over your head” in our ELEMENTS II course, we ask that you have recently completed our ELEMENTS I course, or have equivalent experience: you should feel reasonably comfortable sailing a small boat from a mooring or dock, and returning her safely, using crew to help. Improving your sailing skills will ultimately increase your enjoyment of the sport. If you have any questions regarding your abilities, please give us a call.

“WoodenBoat School is not just about classes and accommodations, but also about meeting other people with similar interests and, subsequently, forming new friendships. The tone your school sets with your wonderful staff is contagious. We all seemed to look forward to mealtimes when we could catch up with each other’s day and learn more and more about each other as the week progressed. Thank you for working so hard to bring us all together.”

Tuition: $750 Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday evening.


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D.R., Westmoreland, New Hampshire

Sailing 2014 Sailing Traditional Daysailers And Beach Cruisers The skill of handling these able, striking, and affordable small craft.

Al Fletcher & Mike O’Brien — July 20–26 In this unique seamanship course, students will have the rare opportunity to row and sail several traditional small boats, 20' and under, along the WoodenBoat waterfront and out to secluded islands that lie just beyond Great Cove. It will be a great chance to learn how to rig and handle spritsails, lugsails, gaff-headed sails, and the curiously named, but wonderfully efficient, Chesapeake leg-o’-mutton. With their origins along the working waterfront, these striking and no-nonsense boats make good practical sense. We’ll sample boats from such outstanding designers as Joel White, Paul Gartside, Nelson Zimmer, Iain Oughtred, Steve Redmond, Fenwick Williams, and others. Their simple and robust rigs are easily handled, readily repaired, and tend to cost far less than high-strung modern rigs with their tall masts and taut wire rigging. But, if you are to get the most out of these designs, you’ll need to know a few tricks. Both instructors, Mike O’Brien (former Senior Editor of WoodenBoat magazine) and Al Fletcher (past manager of WoodenBoat School’s waterfront), bring loads of experience rowing and sailing boats of this type. Al will also share his knowledge of working traditional three-strand rope with marlinespike and fid. Mike, a former championship oarsman, will teach participants how to row efficiently—more miles for less effort. A typical day might begin with a shoreside lesson and demonstration. Then we’ll row off into the morning calm. When the sea breeze pipes up, we’ll hoist sail. After lunch, we’ll enjoy more sailing and eventually return to the Mountain Ash Student House for a fine supper. The able small craft that we’ll sail offer an independence often lacking in heavier, deeper boats. Smaller boats can ride trailers to choice and distant cruising grounds. They can sail across the flats to unspoiled creeks. They can sidle right up to a deserted island beach that would force their larger cousins to stand off. They live happily, and inexpensively, in our backyards, not in boatyards. They go together relatively quickly. And if we wish to build our own, we can work happily without the worry that our heirs might have to finish the project.

The Catboat

The pleasures of a distinct American sailing craft. Martin Gardner— August 10–16 Catboats have been around forever and are as much a part of America’s history as the Model T Ford or the Wright Brothers’ first flight. These shallow-draft, broad-beamed, centerboard boats with a single mast right up in the bow have played an important role among American working and pleasure craft. The earliest examples of these vessels were found sailing in New York waters. As the type spread into New England, changes were made to accommodate not only the different conditions encountered along these open coastlines, but also the different fisheries in which they would be employed. They eventually garnered the attention of sailing enthusiasts and became popular as a racing class, youth sail trainer, family daysailer, and cruising boat. Catboats are, as L. Francis Herreshoff said, “one of our most romantic types” and survive today as pleasure boats—very pleasurable boats—simple, roomy, comfortable, and when properly handled, very well behaved. This course combines practical skills with some fun, relaxed voyaging. We’ll use catboats large and small—from 12' Beetles to a 21' Crosby. We’ll rig them, sail them, reef them, and moor them. We’ll learn how to let them take care of themselves, to self-steer, and to heave-to. We’ll pick exciting destinations for day trips, sail to them, anchor, and explore local waters and islands. We’ll cover all the basics of seamanship with particular emphasis on navigation, using tools ranging from the lead line to the iPad. Catboats lend themselves to relaxed sailing, and we’ll make a point of soaking up the beauties of the Eggemoggin Reach and other local waters as we cruise under plenty of canvas.

Tuition: $750 Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday evening. Note: Prior sailing experience required for this course.

Tuition: $750 Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday evening. Note: Prior sailing experience required for this course.

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2014 Sailing Open Boat Cruising The skills for adventuring.


Geoff Kerr — August 31–September 6 Beach cruising is an exciting step beyond daysailing. Maybe you’d like to cruise the Maine Island Trail, participate in the annual Small Reach Regatta, or do some extended cruising. With simple skills, basic equipment, and modest boats, one can spend an overnight or an extended expedition voyaging in reasonable comfort, relative safety, and engaging adventure. Doing so in a trailerable, beachable boat opens up dazzling parts of the world to exploration and enjoyment. This new course is designed to introduce you to beach cruising with hands-on experience using time-tested boats, gear, and techniques.

This course will be based onboard NED LUDD, one of Iain Oughtred’s versatile Caledonia Yawls, accompanied by a sister ship. Instructor Geoff Kerr will share his knowledge gleaned from many years of sailing and camp cruising with NED in Penobscot Bay and beyond. You will learn and practice a wide variety of real-world cruising skills and tactics. Days will be filled with trip planning, keeping an eye toward weather, tides, and currents; practical navigation using a chart and compass; rowing, sailing, reefing, and beyond; anchoring, beaching, and getting ashore; communications; and safety. Each day will start with a planning session for that day’s adventure, choosing a destination and routes to maximize adventure and your opportunities to stretch your experience. You’ll land frequently, with a major stop midday for lunch, island exploration, and the chance to try to keep your boat where it belongs. These island sessions will also allow for demonstrations and discussions of provisioning, camping gear and strategies, and access to and stewardship of beach cruising grounds. Afternoon return passages will be by different routes, taking full advantage of the wonders of Penobscot Bay and the everchanging conditions. Students will return to campus in time for dinner and to recharge for the next day. All you’ll need to bring with you are your enthusiasm for small-boat sailing, your sense of adventure, and your foulweather gear (just in case). A list of personal gear and clothing will be provided upon registration.

Introduction To Small-Boat Racing

A fun approach toward advanced seamanship, racing tactics, and strategies.

Dave Gentry & Milo Stanley — August 10–16

As a natural extension of our sailing courses, we offer this attractive class designed for the sailor who wants a firmer grasp of the fundamentals, as well as the individual who is interested in more innovative sailing and small-boat racing techniques. The focus of the course is to provide each student with the opportunity for more experience in small boats. The emphasis throughout the week will be not just on sailing, but on sailing well. You will learn how to use your hands, your brain, and your instincts. Both Dave and Milo have spent years in boats of all sizes, cruising, gunkholing, and racing competitively. They’ll cover the full range of the sailing and racing experience, from the general to the specific, and gear the course to each individual’s existing skills. A variety of challenging navigational/tactical exercises will be awaiting students each day. In regard to racing, your instructors will guide you through the ABCs of preparing your boat and rig; laying out a strategy for a set course; understanding rules and their definitions; adjusting sail trim; exploring wind shifts; racing upwind and downwind; and different tactics for starting and finishing. While some of the week will be spent in the classroom. You’ll be out soloing quite often. Gaining confidence in boats demands time and practice, and there are never any guarantees on the water. But everyone can slowly understand the mechanics of sailing and improve on these skills so necessary for safe and exciting sailing. Hopefully, a course such as this will help you reach your goals.

Tuition: $750 Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday evening.

Tuition: $750

Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday evening. Note: You should come to the course with at least intermediate sailing skills. We’d also like you to realize that while this is not a survival course, it will be an active one. We’ll be planning and making daily passages, rowing and sailing as it happens, come sun, rain, fog, or calm. We’ll be in and out of boats repeatedly, with wet feet and no docks. It might be hot, it might be cold, it might be wet…it will be fun.



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Sailing 2014 Coastwise Navigation

The Skills Of Coastal Seamanship

Jane Ahlfeld — June 15–21

Andy Oldman — July 6–12

Except in the smallest bodies of water, the sailor is helpless if he or she lacks the age-old skills of piloting and dead reckoning. Even in the clear waters of the tropics, vigilant eyeball navigation is not enough to keep a vessel off the reefs. Along Maine’s coast of cloudy waters, sharp rocks, and sometimes thick fogbanks, only a fool would get underway without a good understanding of how to use charts and instruments to navigate a safe voyage. For these reasons, basic piloting is taught in all our Seamanship classes. The goal of this course is to give students a really thorough understanding of, and facility with, the subject—approaching it both “academically” and on the water. You’ll start with charts, the fundamental tool of the navigator. Modern charts present an incredible amount of information, and to really utilize it all— to continuously visualize the connection between the chart and your spot on the water—takes skill and experience. Jane will help you acquire both. You’ll learn about symbols, scales, specialized charts, and more. You’ll examine compasses—types, azimuths, lubber lines, the confusions of deviation and variation. Parallel rules and dividers will become your friends as you learn the techniques of plotting courses, LOPs, and fixes. You’ll move on to more advanced procedures such as running fixes, compensation for set and drift, bow and beam bearings, circles of position, and the six-minute rule. You’ll go boating a lot in this course, putting your lessons into practice and getting skillful with the tools. You’ll use traditional and reliable instruments like the compass and leadline, and you’ll get your hands on electronic devices like depthsounders, Loran, and GPS. A day or two of fog will be welcome, but barring that, you’ll work under an airplane pilot’s training glasses to experience running blind. The beauty of this course is that it provides the ideal blend of the theory and practice of coastal navigation. By week’s end, you should be able to enjoy the niceties of piloting and relax more with your boat on the water.

In this course, Andy Oldman provides experienced sailors with a unique opportunity to sharpen their boat handling skills in the challenging and intriguing environment of the Maine coast. We will begin with a review and practice of handling Andy’s lovely and widely traveled boat, the 36' ketch PATIENCE B, under sail and power. Andy continually emphasizes safety, fitness, and the constant vigilance required for coastal piloting. Students will refresh and practice their knowledge of chart navigation using hand lead and compass, electronic sounder, radar, and GPS. You will then sail off on courses for explorations and island landings. During one of the island landings we will demonstrate setting up and using a portable outhaul mooring for one of our dinghies. On your days of exploration the class will sail a course for, and chart, one of the tiny entrancing, secluded anchorages within a half-day’s sail of the school. These favorite places are often vaguely charted, so students can expect the charting of, and sometimes the entry into, these anchorages to involve an exciting mixture of fun and cooperation on the boat, in the tender, and ashore. You’ll assemble the basic data required to make a reasonably accurate hand-made chart by recording electronic and hand soundings, establishing land bearings, and making sketches. Weather permitting; there will be at least one long sailing day with dinner aboard in which PATIENCE B will be underway during twilight until you moor under sail at WoodenBoat. Twilight sailing will demonstrate the value and comfort achieved in planning, visualizing, and sighting the important waypoints along the intended course such as key islands, land silhouettes, and buoys. Safety and fitness issues will include frank discussions on seasickness, the challenges of moving about the deck at night and in rough weather, and methods and products available for rescuing a man overboard. Towards the end of the week, we will practice a man-overboard recovery while underway. There will also be extensive emphasis on developing one’s senses to the ever changing tidal and climactic conditions; how wave forms vary off major capes and outlying islands, and how in the fog those subtly changing wave forms may assist in navigation; we will also demonstrate how access to island beaches may vary dramatically according to the state of the tide. Complementing those skills, we will demonstrate techniques for anchoring and unmooring under sail, the use of two or more anchors, and the use of a simultaneous pair of anchors. This is a wonderful chance to share Andy’s enthusiasm for, and knowledge of, various techniques used for entry into difficult anchorages and inter-island passages; twilight and night piloting; and hand charting and exploration of special, local anchorages. It’s a “must” for any sailor wishing to learn and improve the art of safe cruising.

Knowing where you are on the water.

Tuition: $750 Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday evening. Note: This course will include a day with marine electronics writer, and former WoodenBoat instructor, Ben Ellison on his 37' lobster yacht GIZMO, aboard which is installed a remarkable collection of chart plotters, radars, sonars, and other modern aids to navigation.

Seamanship, night sailing, and exploration aboard PATIENCE B.

Tuition: $750 Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday evening. Note: Students should be in good physical condition, have good balance and agility and the ability to enter and exit small boats from larger craft, beach or rocky shore.

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2014 Sailing Sea Sense Under Sail Experience the true joy of sailing with a lifelong sailor.

On board the 50' Gaff-Rigged Sloop Vela Havilah Hawkins — August 31–September 6 September 7–13 Havilah “Haddie” Hawkins has been sailing and fooling around in boats throughout his life. His father, Havilah “Buds” Hawkins designed, built, sailed, and skippered boats his entire life and was a well-known fixture in the wooden boat community. It’s no wonder salt water quickly found its way into Haddie’s veins. WoodenBoat School is excited to offer students a one of a kind opportunity to sail and learn from this master mariner on board the beautiful 50' gaff sloop of his own design, VELA. This will be a glimpse into the lure of sailing—a week full of seamanship, skills afloat, sound advice, and storytelling under sail. You’ll learn how to control VELA on all points of sailing, how her sails work, their trimming, the forces involved, dealing with wind shifts, picking up moorings, anchoring and laying to. Haddie will also share his thoughts on the practical aspects of running and maintaining a large vessel, and running a safe ship. Students will also learn about navigation, the weather and tides, the visual signs you should watch for, coastal geography and geology, marine life, sea conditions, and using common sense. Above all, this will be a wonderful occasion to enjoy the fun and rewards of sailing.

Craft Of Sail

Learn and enjoy big-boat sailing with a master. On board the 40’ Sloop Tammy Norie Joel Rowland—July 20–26 On board the 39’ Ketch Abigail Hans Vierthaler—August 17–23 On board the 39’ Yawl Misty Queene Foster—July 13–19, August 10–16, August 24–30 CRAFT OF SAIL is for folks who have some previous sailing experience, whether it comes from a seamanship program or personal involvement with boats. The course is designed for those who want to improve their skills and confidence on the water, particularly in the context of a cruising-sized vessel. Subjects include sail theory, hull and rig balance, helmsmanship, piloting in clear weather and fog, approaching and leaving floats and moorings, knots and rigging, man-overboard strategy, handling ground tackle, crew management; and, with those of our vessels that have power plants, maneuvering under power, and the rudiments of auxiliary engines and navigation instruments. The seaman aspires to the mastery of many subjects, but the essence of the craft of sail is sea sense: the ability to tune in to a boat, the weather,

Tuition: $750 Note: Students should be in good physical condition, have good balance and agility and the ability to enter and exit small boats from larger craft, beach or rocky shore. Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday evening.

“ABIGAIL has all the facilities necessary for your courses and is in impeccable condition. The full complement of navigation aids allowed us to experience both traditional and modern techniques and the diesel engine gave us the opportunity to practice picking up moorings and docking under power. The entire week was a great learning experience!” T.G., Ancaster, Ontario, Canada


and the crew, and apply good judgment so that all work together harmoniously. Our instructors understand this, and they will help you to acquire that sense by sharing their own experiences and by encouraging you to think and feel a boat through various real and “what if” situations. With a maximum of five students, there is plenty of opportunity to ask questions and try tricks at the helm. There are numerous sailing schools out there, but few offer experience in cruising/charter-sized vessels like these—and none that we know of offer instruction by such experienced sailors on such lovely yachts.

Tuition: $750 Note: Students should be in good physical condition, have good balance and agility and the ability to enter and exit small boats from larger craft, beach or rocky shore. Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday evening.

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Sailing 2014 TAMMY NORIE is a 40' sloop designed by Kim Holman. Built to be both a comfortable family cruising boat and a blue-water voyager, she was constructed in 1969 at Whisstock’s Boatyard in Woodbridge, England. The boat was one of seven sister ships (known as the Whisstock Landfall 40s) built by the yard between 1958 and 1972. On her maiden voyage, owner Bud McElfresh and his family delivered TAMMY NORIE from England to Connecticut. She cruised in Long Island Sound and along the Eastern Seaboard with the McElfresh family until she was purchased in 1992 by Dr. Mike Rowland and delivered to Maine. She has since completed two more transatlantic voyages and has received constant maintenance and upgrades to her hull, cockpit, cabin, and rig. Owned now by Joel Rowland, TAMMY NORIE has been outfitted for coastwise sailing and charter work. She is a modern, beautiful, simple, and stable boat for anyone wishing to learn sailing skills while exploring the islands and bays of the Maine coast.

MISTY is one of the famed 39' Concordia yawls built at Abeking and Rasmussen in Germany for the Concordia Company of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Designed by Ray Hunt and Waldo Howland in 1939, the 39s served as family cruisers and successful bluewater racers, and are known for their intricate construction details, beautiful proportions, and grace on the water. MISTY spent 45 of her 52 years on the Great Lakes in the care of one loving family who raced her successfully. She’s received excellent care over the years, and has never needed a major rebuild. Her layout and details are original. Her yawl rig provides many lines to pull to adjust her sails to perfection. MISTY is easy to sail in nearly all conditions, because no sail is too large to handle.

Our own 28'6" Friendship sloop, BELFORD GRAY, was designed by Joel White and named in honor of a very special friend and former instructor here at WoodenBoat School. This handsome vessel was built with the talents and dedication of many enthusiastic students working under the guidance of master boatbuilder Gordon Swift. Launched in 1992, BELFORD GRAY has performed admirably over the years. With the feel of a real vessel under sail, BELFORD GRAY provides each individual student with a safe and enjoyable learning environment in which to sharpen his or her own skills afloat. With an easy motion, she deals with the wind and sea confidently—a common trait among Friendship sloops. She is fun to sail and may be the perfect boat in which to gain a better understanding of the art of seamanship.

VELA, a 50' straight-stemmed, gaff sloop, was designed by owner/skipper Havilah Hawkins and built in 1996 by the Wooden Boat Co. in Camden, Maine. Sporting a single headsail and a large mainsail—800 sq ft on a 35' boom—VELA is a pleasure to sail in all wind conditions. Lazyjacks and lifts enable the huge mainsail to be easily handled by only two people. Comfortable, seaworthy, and well balanced, this beautiful boat provides a perfect classroom for students who will learn how to work with the wind and sea, not against them.

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2014 Sailing Cruising Through The Watches

Coastal Cruising Seamanship

On board the 39' Ketch Abigail Hans Vierthaler — August 10–16

On board the 39' Ketch Abigail Hans Vierthaler— July 20–26, August 31–September 6

If you’ve ever wondered what it is like and how to make an overnight or extended trip along the coast, or an ocean voyage, this week with Hans will shed plenty of light on the subject. We offer this opportunity to the experienced, large-boat sailor wishing to advance his or her skills in the areas of coastal piloting, navigation, sail-handling, watch-keeping, safety at sea, and much more. In addition to the topics covered in our COASTAL CRUISING SEAMANSHIP courses, the centerpiece of this liveaboard course will be journeying overnight to a destination. Students will be able to immerse themselves in the daily routines of a traditional sailing vessel, while learning how to choose and plan a long-range destination appropriate for weather and tide conditions, safety considerations, standing a watch, and nighttime piloting. The moon will be moving toward its fullest stage during this week, and we hope to take full advantage of it and experience the thrill of moonlit sailing. The week will start with Hans explaining the various systems, instrumentation, and sail configurations aboard his beautiful 39' ketch, ABIGAIL. After spending the first night in a secluded anchorage, Hans and his students will determine the best option for an extended cruise after listening to the weather, developing a backup plan should conditions change, and laying out a watch schedule. Tuesday you’ll set off on your adventure. Designed to build the confidence of sailors who are seeking new challenges and wish to go beyond the boundaries of day sails from the WoodenBoat waterfront, CRUISING THROUGH THE WATCHES may help one prepare for eventual boat ownership and/or realize the dream of an extended cruise. Whatever your reasons for signing on for this course, you will find your captain a knowledgeable and patient instructor, and eager to share his 20 years of experience sailing in the coastal and offshore waters of Maine.

Over the years we’ve learned that the best way to discover the pleasures and develop the skills of cruising under sail is to sail off in the right boat with the right skipper. This season we are again proud to offer two liveaboard courses on board a classic vessel. The 39' John Alden–designed cruising ketch ABIGAIL, with Hans Vierthaler as your instructor, is a beautiful example of a bluewater yacht, and a great vessel on which to learn about sailing. Designed to provide the maximum of comfort and seaworthiness, accommodating students in a safe, spacious manner. Hans Vierthaler is a seasoned, proven, and enthusiastic sailor who has spent a good portion of his life sailing and living aboard boats. He will create a custom-tailored course in which you will be patiently coached toward the next level in your sailing career—whether it be skippering a vessel on your own, or crewing with increased confidence, competence, and enjoyment. Everyone shares in the responsibilities of the cruise, including skippering, navigating, and cooking. There’s time, too, to savor the pleasures that cruising is all about— feeling a well-found vessel moving through a seaway, experiencing the peace and freedom of life at sea, and slipping into quiet anchorages each night. This is a rare opportunity to learn anything and everything you wish to about the complex subject of big-boat cruising, and we’re very pleased to have the chance to offer it to you.

Tuition: $1250

Note: Students should be in good physical condition, have good balance and agility and the ability to enter and exit small boats from larger craft, beach or rocky shore.

Voyaging safely and confidently under sail.

Note: Students should be in good physical condition, have good balance and agility and the ability to enter and exit small boats from larger craft, beach or rocky shore.

A week’s education under sail.

Tuition: $1250

ABIGAIL is a lovely 39' ketch designed by John Alden in his later years and built by Seth Persson in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. Rugged yet handsome, this double-planked boat was originally launched in 1956. Having undergone both a structural and cosmetic restoration at Brooklin Boat Yard, ABIGAIL was relaunched in the summer of 1994. She is no stranger to the Maine cruising community and has also cruised the Caribbean during a brief period of ownership by an Italian count.Varied sail inventory gives ABIGAIL the versatility one needs for the changeable winds found on Maine’s coast, and a 4108 Perkins diesel is always available for those flat-calm days. Her spacious cockpit, wide decks, high bulwarks, standing headroom, and current electronics all contribute to a comfortable learning experience.


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Sailing 2014 Sailing Downeast

Exploring the Great Wass and Roque Island Archipelagoes. On board the 36' Ketch Patience B Andy Oldman — July 27–August 2 In this course on board the 36' ketch PATIENCE B, Andy Oldman and three students will chart a course for the unsurpassed beauty of Maine’s Downeast cruising grounds and islands east of Mount Desert. We will visit and explore the Great Wass Island and Roque Island archipelagoes. Our itinerary, always subject to weather and sea conditions, will include Jonesport, Mistake Island Harbor, The Mudhole and Crumple Island, and on to Roque Island, famous for its cirque sand beach, and adjacent islands: Great Spruce and The Brothers. This course has an ambitious schedule, and students can look forward to extended days under sail with possible overnight sailing in the mix. Undoubtedly, the weather will vary, consisting usually of fine summer winds mixed in with some thick Downeast fog. Students will commence loading at noon on Sunday, and depart for Frenchboro in plenty of time to arrive before dark. At first light on Monday, PATIENCE B will depart for Moose Peak lighthouse and Mistake Island Harbor on Great Wass, and arrive by sunset. The return is timed to enjoy the spectacular scenery and sunset off Schoodic Point and Mount Desert as we head west to Frenchboro again for our final night at anchor. We will return in time to regale our fellow classmates with exciting Downeast tales at the Friday night lobster bake. Navigation, sail handling, maritime safety, anchoring, our own meal preparation, and island landings/exploration will occupy much of our time. Under sail we will have the opportunity to extensively use radar and a state-of-the-art chart plotter. On land, plenty of time is available for hiking, sketching, and photography. PATIENCE B has carried two families some 45,000 miles on two major open water passages, and is fully equipped and well found. She is spartan by contemporary yacht standards, filled with old-world ambiance and comfortable, cozy accommodations. Andy will communicate with the selected students to arrange basic meal planning, gear necessities, etc. well in advance of our departure.

Tuition: $1500 Note: Due to the extensive physical challenges of the trip, excellent physical condition, good balance, and agility are basic requirements for this voyage, along with previous large-boat sailing experience.

Another traditional sailing vessel in our Seamanship program is the William Hand–designed 36' cruising ketch PATIENCE B, launched in 1988. Harry and Martha Bryan and their two children spent three years lovingly crafting the gaff-rigged boat and then sailed off on a 32,000-mile adventure that most folks only dream about. In 2000-2001, Andy, Madeleine, and Sumi Oldman continued the adventuring on PATIENCE B with a 20,000-mile voyage to France, the Mediterranean, the Atlantic islands, Brazil, Chile, and home to Boston via the Galápagos Islands and Panama Canal. PATIENCE B is not only beautiful to look at, but a great pleasure to sail. She is a proven bluewater sailer, dry, comfortable, handy, able, and reasonably quick if her crew treats her properly. The versatility of her rig gives her the ability to be sailed quite comfortably under any wind or sea condition.

Tallship Sailing And Seamanship Learn numerous skills and sail handling aboard the schooner MARY DAY.

Capt. Barry King & Jane Ahlfeld — July 27–August 2 WoodenBoat School invites you to join Jane Ahlfeld and Capt. Barry King for a week of experiential instruction aboard one of Penobscot Bay’s legendary tall ships, the schooner MARY DAY. Launched in 1962 and rebuilt during the winter of 1999/2000, the schooner is 90' on deck, 125' sparred length, displaces 96 tons, and carries 5,200 sq. ft. of canvas with more sails than any other windjammer on the bay. She is a big, pure sailing vessel, designed and rigged along the lines of a traditional coasting schooner, but built with comfort and safety in mind. During this “hands-on,” team-oriented course, students will have the opportunity to become integral members of the MARY DAY crew. Topics covered will include general seamanship, coastal navigation, and marlinespike seamanship. Students will be divided into teams to learn the skills that every sailor needs aboard any vessel. The Crew of MARY DAY will expertly guide you in trimming and handling sails, steering, plotting a course, stitching a ditty bag, and going aloft (optional) to stow the topsails. On Friday, students will take command and utilize the skills they have been learning throughout the week. Like any windjammer cruise, we will get ashore each day to walk, stretch, and explore. There will be time at night to enjoy some traditional sailor’s songs and relax under the stars. Great food is the hallmark of any windjammer cruise to satisfy the hardiest appetites, including a Maine lobster picnic. The rhythm of shipboard life provides a unique environment to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the Maine coastline. Most importantly, Barry and Jane bring humor, joy, and a relaxed atmosphere to the sailing experience. Join Barry, Jane, and the crew of the MARY DAY for a great week under sail discovering the workings of a traditional sailing ship.

Tuition: $1150 Note: This is a six-day course that begins and ends in Camden Harbor, Camden, Maine. All reservations should be made through the schooner’s office at 800-992-2218. There is space available for friends of participants who would rather not take part in the hands-on sail training.

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2014 Kayaking The Pleasure Of Sea Kayaking

Expert guidance for enjoying paddling in all types of water. Perhaps nothing, absolutely nothing, conveys the joy of being afloat quite so purely as a kayak. Thus, WoodenBoat School offers you a variety of outstanding opportunities in a world-class setting to learn and enjoy the art of this popular water sport. In a series of day trips, you’ll explore some of the most spectacular parts of the Maine coast. From the basics to tips on accomplishing more advanced sea kayaking skills, these courses and talented instructors will enable you to discover a new and exciting environment that beckons just off saltwater and freshwater coastlines everywhere.

Advanced Coastal Kayaking Stan Wass —August 31–September 6 An all-inclusive review of various strokes and braces; maneuvering; techniques to handle wind, waves, and weather; rules of safety; Eskimo rolls and rescues; long distance paddling; and more. Designed for those individuals looking to gain skills, further their understanding of gear, and spend more time on the water. This is not an introductory course; previous kayaking experience is required.

Tuition: $750 (For each course)

Choose from the following courses:

Elements Of Coastal Kayaking

Note: Kayaks, paddles, sprayskirts, and life jackets will be provided by the School, but students are welcome and encouraged to bring their own if desired. Note: Students should be in good physical condition, have reliable balance and agility and the ability to enter and exit kayaks from beach or rocky shore. Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday evening.

Bill Thomas —July 13–19 Mike O’Brien —August 17–23 (For Age 40 & Over) Selecting an appropriate kayak; safety skills; basic gear and equipment; transporting kayaks; paddling strokes; launching and landing; nautical charts and navigation; capsize and recovery skills; and better understanding weather and sea conditions are a sample of the many topics covered in this fully comprehensive course. Good fun and a great education!

Coastal Touring & Camping Bill Thomas —August 10–16 Choosing the right kayak and equipment; seamanship skills; safety and common sense; trip planning and navigating; packing and keeping things dry; emergency repairs and rescues; and lots more. You’ll use the WoodenBoat School waterfront for three days and camp two nights on nearby islands. Perfect for the outdoor adventurer!

“Mike O’Brien is not only a well traveled kayaker but a kind, gentle and encouraging instructor. His kayaking course was much more than a technical course and verged on a spiritual experience.” P.S., Ithaca, New York


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Boatbuilding & Woodworking 2014 How To Choose The Best Boatbuilding Course For You The key to deciding which class best suits your needs is to carefully read each course description, which incorporates much information about the course’s content and level of experience. We’ll also be glad to help you with any questions you may have after reading this catalog, and if need be we can put you in contact with our instructors. Choosing the right course means that you will be satisfied, appropriately challenged, and among others whose goals and abilities are similar to yours. For those of you looking for a great introduction to traditional wooden boat construction, we recommend: FUNDAMENTALS OF BOATBUILDING, INTRODUCTION TO BOATBUILDING, TRADITIONAL LAPSTRAKE CONSTRUCTION, BUILDING A SHARPIE SKIFF, BUILDING A NORDIC PRAM, and BUILDING THE 16' GARDNER SEMIDORY. If you are interested in a certain type of construction, there is plenty to choose from. You’ll find various courses in the following construction methods: plank-on-frame, plywood-epoxy, strip-plank, stitch-and-glue, and much, much more. You’ll also find a wide variety of courses in which a class or individuals will build canoes or kayaks. A fair number of students are interested in taking a series of courses, with a goal of becoming more proficient or even working toward a career in boatbuilding. We suggest considering the following sequence: LOFTING; FUNDAMENTALS

OF BOATBUILDING; BUILDING HALF MODELS; ELEMENTS OF BOAT DESIGN; then one or more courses that focus on a particular design or type of construction. Many of our shop courses are designed for beginning, intermediate, or experienced woodworkers; a wise choice based on skill level can determine how much you may benefit from the course. Again, take time to read each course description carefully.

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2014 Boatbuilding & Woodworking Fundamentals Of Boatbuilding

The theory and practice of classical boatbuilding. Greg Rössel — June 1–14, June 29–July12 Wade Smith — June 15–28, September 14–27 Warren Barker — July 20–August 2 Fundamentals of Boatbuilding is the core curriculum of our boatbuilding courses and our most popular offering. This series deals generally with the whole craft of boatbuilding, specifically with wooden boats, and most specifically with plank-on-frame small craft.

We tend to build difficult boats in these classes—round-bilged, carvel and lapstrake-planked types—because if you can build one of these, you can build almost anything. Ideally, each class will start one boat, work at planking another, and finish a third. The emphasis is always more on learning than on pushing through a project. Each session combines daily discussion periods with an abundance of practical work. Usually you’ll start out talking about boat plans and design, and how to develop a project plan. An explanation of lofting will follow, and everyone will get a chance to give it a try on the lofting table. (See LOFTING, as follows, for a complete treatment of this subject.) From there, it will be a continuous stream of boatbuilding lessons, both at the blackboard and on the workbench: how a body plan comes together; the meaning of a fair line; various types of small-boat construction; the right tools for the job at hand, and how to use them; different methods for planking a boat; discussions on fastenings, glues, woods, etc.; the tricks of steam-bending; techniques of lamination; and much more. Molds and patterns are picked up, and stems and transoms assembled. Planking, fastening, caulking, fairing, fitting seats and risers, knees and breasthooks—each operation is carefully explained and supervised. You’ll find yourself working on your own and alongside others, on real boats or just for practice. If your class happens to finish a boat, you’ll launch it, and that is some fun! You’ll finish this course with a better understanding in your mind—and in your hands—of the boatbuilding process. Fundamentals of Boatbuilding is open to everyone, although woodworking skills and familiarity with tools and with the language of boatbuilding really help students to get the most out of it.

Advanced Fundamentals Of Boatbuilding Taking it one step further.

Greg Rössel — August 31–September 13 Many individuals, including alumni from our boatbuilding classes, are constantly looking for ways to continue their education in building classic small craft and taking the “next step” in working on more complex designs. Longtime boatbuilder/instructor Greg Rössel has designed just such a course to help those individuals meet their goals. As with our FUNDAMENTALS OF BOATBUILDING curriculum, this will be two weeks filled with plenty of hands-on learning. Lofting will be reviewed, as will the steps involved in the construction of body plans. Various boat plans, a bit more intricate than you may have studied in the past,

will be examined. Students will also be welcome to bring along their own plans for discussion. Consider these weeks spent with Greg as a great opportunity to get those questions answered that may have baffled you at home. And you will be working on boats! Greg will have chosen a couple of designs that will prove to be both interesting and challenging. Setting up, framing, steam-bending, laminating, scarfing, spiling, planking, fastening, fairing, interior and exterior joinerwork, sparmaking, centerboard installation, and various other details will be covered. Along with making plenty of wood shavings, daily discussions will take place on techniques, materials, and products, both old and new. ADVANCED FUNDAMENTALS is a wonderful comple­ment to any earlier boatbuilding exposure you may have sampled. It will be a delight to those who take their boats and boatbuilding seriously, and it will certainly add to your versatility as a builder. Previous boatbuilding experience is required.

Tuition: $1200 (two-week course)

Tuition: $1200 (two-week course)


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Boatbuilding & Woodworking 2014 Lofting

Making sense of all those lines and numbers. Greg Rössel — June 22–28, August 24–30 Without question, lofting is an essential skill for the boatbuilder. Once you’ve mastered it, you can at least start to build any boat for which there are plans. Moreover, you’re going to be able to interpret plans and better comprehend the shape of the vessel, and what the building process will be. Also without question, learning lofting can be intimidating and/or frustrating. Lofting is complex, and there are numerous ways to go about it. Lofting takes time and concentration, and a good teacher really helps (see WoodenBoat Nos. 110 and 111). Greg thoroughly understands and enjoys lofting; and he has taught it repeatedly and in a variety of settings. He has a clear idea of how to present it, and how to help you master it. In this week you’ll discuss the written material that Greg has developed, build half models, and—in teams—loft several small craft. We have a couple of boats in mind, but it is also possible that some students in the course can bring in their own plans (call us). Tables of offsets, diagonals, buttock lines—all will be demystified and will become for you the wonderful tools they are for understanding, discussing, and building boats. By the end of the week, you should be able to visualize, lay down, and talk boat plans with the best of them. This course is meant to dovetail with the two-week Fundamentals of Boatbuilding courses, three of which Greg will also teach, and in which one of the lofted boats will probably be started. If there is time, you’ll also take lines off a classic round-bottomed boat and draw up a set of lines.

Tuition: $750 Materials: $52.75 Note: These are five-day courses ending Friday evening.

Elements Of Boat Design Learn the principles and process— then practice on your own design. John Brooks — July 20–26 Would you like to understand how to design your own boat or gain a better grasp of how design affects a boat’s performance? Would you like to better read and comprehend the hull line drawings that appear in any number of marine-related publications? Would you like to explore the relationship of construction methods to hull design—which works well with what? Would you like to think, eat, sleep, and discuss boats for a solid week? If so, you’ll find this challenging and fun course with talented boatbuilder and designer John Brooks to be right up your alley. Whether you want to get a taste of the design process, be able to put your ideas on paper, or start down the road to becoming a professional designer, this course will allow you to accomplish several things. You’ll dispassionately analyze the science of what makes a boat float and move, while gaining an understanding of the role art plays in boat design. You’ll learn what makes a boat seaworthy or not; performance oriented or not; and buildable or not. And you’ll start creating your own design, mainly working on the preliminary and lines drawings, as much as time allows. Before taking pencil to paper, you will research the type of boat you want to design, discuss your initial ideas with John, and learn how to start drawing on your own, using basic drafting skills and bringing them into the computer age. Various building methods will be explored, from traditional to modern. Any technique can be used for each student’s own “dream boat,” from plankon-frame to vacuum-bagged and epoxied veneers reinforced with exotic materials. John will also introduce students to how their boats can be built in alternative materials from their original choice. You will need to back up your project ideas with sound engineering principles, hydrostatics, and scantlings that reflect the intended use and life of the boat. Students need not have any previous experience with boat design or mathematics; just a keen interest will do. The main focus of the course will be on understanding the concepts and principles that play a part in boat design and in developing an eye for aesthetics. In spite of modern technology, designing boats is still as much an art as it is a science. The eye and judgment of the designer are still the most important ingredients in any design. If each student leaves Brooklin with enough basic knowledge to design a goodlooking boat that performs well, then John will consider this week a success. You may even find a burning desire to go ahead and start another one!

Tuition: $750 Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday evening.

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2014 Boatbuilding & Woodworking Introduction To Boatbuilding A one-week primer on building small boats.

Bill Thomas —June 8–14, August 31–September 6 John Karbott — August 17–23

Building The 16' Gardner Semi-Dory


Traditional workboat construction with a master shipwright. Walt Ansel — September 7–13

There are many individuals out there who have decided that they would like to build their very own boat but don’t know how to get started. Many firsttime builders have run into problems understanding the process of what to do first and, as a result, soon get intimidated and the idea loses momentum. Bill Thomas and John Karbott, noted boatbuilders and teachers, invite anyone interested in wooden boats and woodworking to join them in either of these two six-day courses focusing on the skills and techniques used in basic boatbuilding. No prior boatbuilding experience is required; simply a desire to learn. If you want to build a good-looking, simple sailing skiff, Bill or John can help you get started and guide you through the step-by-step procedures to taking on and completing such a project on your own. Bill has chosen one of Iain Oughtred’s lovely designs, the Skerrieskiff 17, as the boat students will construct during his course. This beach cruiser offers a great compromise between rowing and sailing qualities. We will be building a rowing version during the course. Using traditional boatbuilding methods, she is built of marine plywood over a strongback and moulds. John Karbott’s students will build two of his handsome 12½' Semi-Dory skiffs combining marine plywood, white oak, and Northern white cedar. Both classes will start with understanding boat plans and lofting and proceed through scarfing, framing, planking, and interior joinerwork. As with any one-week building schedule, there will be plenty for students to do as we finish the boats. As both skiffs take shape through each week, Bill and John will lead discussions in small-craft design, selecting a suitable design for the amateur builder, setting up a one-man shop, proper hand and power tool usage, and much more. Whether you have a hankering for traditional skiff construction like the Skerrieskiff 17 or the 12½' Semi-Dory skiff or are simply looking for a perfect introduction to wooden boat construction, you will thoroughly enjoy either of these weeks.

We invite you to come join professional boatbuilder Walt Ansel in constructing a rugged, handsome, rough-water outboard power dory designed by John Gardner back in 1960. Many of these able boats have been built over the years, giving owners countless hours of pleasure on the water fishing, lobstering, or just cruising with family or friends. Easily trailered and sized for garage storage, this is a wooden boat guaranteed to give a lot for the buck! Walt will use John Gardner’s The Dory Book (Chapter 21) as a construction guide during the course. To move the project along a bit more quickly, Walt will introduce a few modifications, such as eliminating the outboard well and hanging the motor from the transom for better maneuverability. Construction is very close to classic Banks dories, with little epoxy used. The very wide garboard will be made of 3/8” marine plywood, while the bottom will be planked with pine and the topsides with northern white cedar. Laps will be clench-nailed for speed, and the frames will be joined at the chine with riveted bronze clips instead of plywood knees. Using traditional Yankee boatbuilding methods, lofting will be minimal, with the students using a half model to lift bevels and shapes. The dory will be built upright so that plank lines can be sighted and the clench nails easily reached. By week’s end, the hull should be completely planked and framed and the inwales steamed into place and fastened. Walt will cover building from scratch models, copper-riveting, caulking, spiling, beveling and lap fitting, clench-nailing, steam-bending, and other traditional skills. This will be a fast-moving, exciting class where everyone will be actively involved. And if you’re lucky in the lottery on Saturday, you could be the winner of a brandnew semi-dory powerboat!

Tuition: $800

Note: This is a six-day course ending Saturday afternoon.

“The balance of oversight and autonomy Walt Ansel gave to individuals, as well as the class as a whole, was insightful and skillful. He encouraged excellence and challenged each student to excel in a way that was effective and productive. His course was excellent!”

Tuition: $800

Note: These are six-day courses ending Saturday afternoon.


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A.R., Ester, Alaska

Boatbuilding & Woodworking 2014 Building The Caledonia Yawl

Building The Penobscot 13

Geoff Kerr— July 6–19

Arch Davis — July 20–August 2

Modern construction techniques for a fast, reliable, traditional sailboat.

The Caledonia Yawl, designed by Iain Oughtred, is large, versatile, and eyecatching. Based on an inshore fishing boat from the Shetland Islands, this 19'6" double-ended, lapstrake hull decries her powerful Viking ancestry. This modern version is built with epoxy-glued marine plywood, and is ultralight, quick, maneuverable, easy to trailer, and requires low maintenance. Her simple traditional rig belies a wonderful, seaworthy craft whose performance routinely dazzles observers. Daysailing or beach cruising, singlehanded or with 10 people aboard, the Caledonia Yawl is a great boat. This two-week course will expose students to the full range of epoxy boatbuilding techniques, as well as plenty of traditional wooden boat building procedures. Working from Iain Oughtred’s exquisite drawings, Geoff will lead you through the lofting, station mold construction, and erection of the building frame. Stems will be laminated and shaped. The keel and floor timbers will be made, set up, and beveled. The planking process will then begin. Students will learn the skills of lapstrake planking, as well as many of the modern techniques of efficiently working with plywood. After she’s planked, you’ll get out and install the outer stems, keel, and skeg; give the hull a professional dressing up; and turn her over for fitting out. Installation of the rails and breasthooks follow, and if we have enough time and interest you’ll build and fit the centerboard trunk. At the end of the two weeks, the class will have produced a beautiful, trailerable hull ready for fitting out, and students will have learned skills and techniques applicable to a wide range of wooden boat designs. Instructor Geoff Kerr brings a wealth of Caledonia experience to this course, as this design is a specialty of his Two Daughters Boatworks shop in Westford, Vermont. Geoff will bring along his own Caledonia, a boat he has sailed long, hard, and often for the past 10 years. Not only will we have the real thing on hand to make concepts and shapes tangible, but she’ll be in the water for demonstrations and class outings. There will be ample opportunity to try her out, and to discuss such big-picture questions as sails, spars, oars, trailers, motors, and the like.

Glued lapstrake construction of a beautiful plywood daysailer. Arch Davis and his lovely small boat designs have been well known to the readers of WoodenBoat magazine for a number of years. We are very excited to welcome Arch to our campus and invite you to spend two weeks with this innovative designer/builder constructing his latest design, the Penobscot 13. In this course, students will build two of these fine-looking lapstrake daysailers. She’s the little sister to two of Arch’s most popular designs, the Penobscot 14 and 17. It features the same glued lapstrake construction— with fore and aft stringers—which has proven so successful in the bigger Penobscots. The designer has introduced a number of modifications to simplify the building process so that students can aim to complete the two boats and prepare them for painting in the two-week time frame. The Penobscot 13 is smaller and lighter than the 14 but possesses comparable lines with similar characteristics under oars and sail. On the first morning, Arch will review the plans with students and explain how the Penobscot designs were developed. Students will then get busy setting up the station molds, stem, and transom on a simple strongback. All the following stages of construction will be covered – fitting the keel, sheer clamps and stringers, beveling and fairing, planking (including scarfing plank stock to length), and cutting gains. Once the hulls have been completed and turned over, you’ll fit breasthooks, quarter knees, seats, and rails, and complete other finishing details. These two weeks will be a comprehensive intro­duction to Arch Davis’s unique method of glued lapstrake construction and will leave students well equipped to tackle one of the bigger Penobscot designs, to build a Penobscot 13 of their own, or to tackle any other similar project. The course promises to be very rewarding to those participating and will bring plenty of satisfaction as these lovely craft come to life under their hands. And two very lucky students who win the raffle on the last day of class will each be taking home a very beautiful boat that will provide enjoyment for years to come.

Tuition: $1200 (two-week course)

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2014 Boatbuilding & Woodworking Traditional Wood-And-Canvas Canoe Construction The art of the canoe with a master builder. Rollin Thurlow — June 29–July 5 Cedar-and-canvas canoes are coming back. Not only are they wonderful to look at and a pleasure to build, they also perform quite well. This construction method permits a clean, sharp entry and a subtle shape that is difficult to achieve with aluminum or fiberglass. The century-old technology of clenching thin planks to steamed frames and then covering the hull with a tight canvas skin yields an amazingly flexible and rugged craft. And the ingenious forms developed years ago by companies like Old Town and E.M. White make the building process relatively quick and easy. Rollin Thurlow has been building and using, writing and teaching about woodand-canvas canoes for years. In this course, he will lead you through the complete construction of one traditional Maine Guide canoe, the 17' Atkinson Traveler, and one traditional Maine fishing canoe, the 15' square-sterned Kingfisher. You’ll start by steambending the clear cedar ribs onto the two forms. While they cure, you’ll make up ash thwarts and prebend the stems and gunwales. Then comes the fitting and fastening of the planking—a good chance to practice hand-tool skills in a very satisfying process. Working this thin cedar is a real pleasure. At week’s end, you will canvas the canoes in the traditional manner, using the “envelope” method, stretching the canvas drum-tight, tacking it in place, and filling the outside weave with a special compound. Between steps, there may be time to carve your own paddle—a fascinating project unto itself. Three students will leave this course with a new canoe nearly ready for paint and varnish; all will leave with knowledge and experience of what is probably the most indigenous of American boatbuilding techniques, a process directly evolved from birchbark canoes and still very much alive today.

Tuition: $800

Note: This is a six-day course ending Saturday afternoon.

Introduction To Cold-Molded Construction

Everything from approaching the project to techniques and materials. Mike Moros — August 10–16 For years cold-molded wood construction has been used successfully in building small sailing dinghies, competitive rowing shells, cruising sailboats, rugged multihulls, and swift powerboats. The technique involves laminating together layers of wood veneers or very thin planks to create a hull that is watertight, extremely strong, and lightweight. Blend these noteworthy features together with a relative ease of boatbuilding, and you have a method of construction that is a very popular choice among professional and amateur builders alike. The object of this course will be to see and learn firsthand exactly how the professionals take on a cold-molded project and how smaller builders can incorporate professional systems into their own styles. Mike Moros, WoodenBoat School’s Shop Manager, will lead this course, one that has been requested time and time again by a large number of alumni and interested public. Mike brings plenty of experience to the class, including being a member of Brooklin Boat Yard’s building crew, where he worked on a number of their large cold-molded sailing vessels. We have chosen Bill Garden’s 12'6" catboat TOM CAT design as the main class project, which should provide students with a close look at much of what you need to know in building laminated wooden boats. Daily discussions will cover material choice, handling, tooling, costs and time, and application techniques. Topics that will receive individual attention include epoxy resins, health and safety, fastening systems, spiling, planking, vacuum-bagging, trimming, and fiberglassing. A small side project will look at repair methods. Mike promises that this will be an energetic week with plenty to do, so come prepared to roll up your sleeves and put in six full days. For anyone contemplating the cold-molded approach for their own boat or, perhaps, to add to their boatbuilding business services, this course will be invaluable.

Tuition: $800

Note: This is a six-day class ending Saturday afternoon.



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Boatbuilding & Woodworking 2014 Glued-Lapstrake Plywood Construction

Build Ellen and the Sundog Skiff—versatile, agile 12' sailing and rowing dinghies. John Brooks — June 1–7

This very popular course focuses on the construction method of modern, small boats called for in many designers’ plans. During this week students will build the hull for two of John Brooks’s well-known designs, boats that feature light weight, resilient strength, permanent watertightness, and graceful lines. The Sundog Skiff is a great introductory project with a narrow, flat bottom and curved, lapstrake topsides. Ellen is a more complex design with all the structure and shape of a round-bilged hull. During this captivating six-day course, students will start out making and assembling the backbone parts for the two hulls: transoms, inner stem, keelson and bottom. You’ll then learn how to prepare and scarf marinegrade mahogany plywood planking stock. John will explain how the building jigs are created, then show students how to attach the backbones and how to bevel the keelson and bottom in preparation for planking. Everyone will have plenty of opportunity to learn how to spile, make, and attach planks plus how to bevel the laps. As the hulls are built, John will teach you his special methods and tricks that making the planking process go smoothly. He will also share many other ideas he has discovered while working in his own shop, a real bonus to anyone interested in learning the basics of modern wooden boatbuilding. John will also demonstrate efficient and elegant ways to use your hand tools and how to sharpen them—always a crowd favorite. The goal of this course is to give everyone the skills they will need to take a set of plans with full-sized patterns and build a beautiful boat—especially the hardest first step, turning lines on raw paper and raw lumber into a solid, real hull. Plans for both boats will be available from John at a discount to his students. Please keep in mind that woodworking experience is required for this busy and varied class.

Tuition: $800

Note: This is a six-day course ending on Saturday afternoon.

Finishing Out Small Boats

Creating neat woodwork and joinerwork. John Brooks — September 14–20 Here’s a week that promises to be a fulfilling and challenging one, with plenty of opportunity to learn—with brains and hands—how to build the intricate parts and finish out small open boats. The joinerwork of a small boat is particularly exacting because there is nowhere to hide slipshod work—no burying rough joints under decks or in cabinetry. John will teach you how to make elegant parts and gorgeous, tight-fitting joints for a boat you’ll be proud to varnish. The course is designed to be a follow-up to all of John’s glued lapstrake hull building classes and very useful to anyone completing a small boat. Many of the skills and techniques you acquire can be transferred to big boats as well. Your instructor will start the week describing how to organize a project as complicated as a boat. Students will learn how to work from boat plans, drawings, or the lofting board. John will explain the versatility of various types of patterns and show you how to make them, as well as how to use them. He will also show you his special method of shaping complicated pieces, using routers with the patterns, that allow one to make accurate, duplicate parts easily and safely. You’ll learn about making curved parts such as a laminated outer stem and steambent floorboard frames. John will demonstrate methods for measuring and layout in the hull to accurately position interior parts and pieces. He’ll also explain how to accurately scribe and fit parts such as the breasthook, quarter knees, bulkheads, half frames, floorboards, mast steps, and daggerboard trunks. And you’ll learn how and where to use epoxy and other glues, sealers and bedding compound; and to become familiar with woodworking in three dimensions with no right angles in sight. Working both at the bench and in the boat, you’ll refine your skills with a wide array of boatbuilding tools, from planes, spokeshaves, scrapers and chisels to the tablesaw, band saw, and router. By the end of this busy week students will know what to do after finishing the planking of a new hull—understanding not only the technical details of building the pieces and joints properly, but how to create fine, distinctive shapes and details that make a boat beautiful and truly yours. John’s course on GLUED LAPSTRAKE CONSTRUCTION is an excellent prelude to this particular course. Woodworking experience, including experience with routers and floor machines, is a requirement for this course.

Tuition: $800 Note: This is a six-day course ending Saturday afternoon.

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2014 Boatbuilding & Woodworking Building A Sharpie Skiff A one-week primer on traditional wooden boat construction.


Building A Nordic Pram


The traditional approach to lapstrake construction.

Thad Danielson — August 10–16

F. Jay Smith — July 6–12

Sharpies or “sharp-bowed” skiffs have been around since the late 1850s. Inexpensive and easy to build, these “flatiron skiffs,” as they were sometimes called, became the classic workboat in many parts of the country. Well-formed, lightly built, with reasonable narrow beam, sharpie skiffs row and sail well in most conditions. Instructor Thad Danielson has chosen a 14' sharpie skiff for the class to build. Design will be simple cardboard models illustrating the procedure of construction and demonstrating the differences between different forms. Picking one of the models, students will then measure the various parts that will determine the actual shape of the boat. After these lines and station molds have been created, students will proceed with the upside-down construction of the skiff. The skiff will have two planks per side: a garboard and topside plank, both lapstrake. Building begins with cutting stock to shape for the planking, stem, center thwart structure, and transom. The stem piece will be beveled and the transom with side nailers will also be beveled, based on angles taken from the model. With the planks fastened to the stem and the center thwart structure positioned, the aft ends of the planks will be pulled into the transom with a Spanish windlass. Fastening the transom and center thwart structure comes next. Chine logs and frame pieces will be fastened to the garboards. Gains will be cut in the garboard and top planks, where they will come flush at stem and transom. Students will then lap-rivet the topside planks and turn the skiff over to have the chines planed for bottom planking. Cross planks will be fit and installed across the bottom. An inside keel batten, false stem, thwarts, and rubrails bring this elegant skiff to completion. This week will allow each student to learn what considerations go into a typical design, how to take lines off a model, and the various steps involved in plank-on-frame construction. After this course, you’ll have the confidence to tackle your own boatbuilding project at home.

The Norwegian pram was the workhorse between ship and quay along the coast of Norway for centuries. Norwegian designs, in this case the pram, are also well ensconced on the rigorous proving grounds of the North Atlantic. The pram was a source of inspiration for many of this country’s most highly regarded designers, including L. Francis Herreshoff. In this course, students will build the classic “ferry” or pram in the traditional manner of “hand and eye” construction – that is, without a set of molds. No lofting or spiling is required. Building “by eye” has been the cornerstone of Nordic lapstrake construction since the Viking age. You’ll quickly see that the Norwegian tradition for building prams is so simple and elegant that this really makes the pram what it is. Classic construction of the pram is lapstrake using cedar planking, copper rivets, and treenails, and students will rely on a few basic hand tools. Jay will give considerable attention and time to proper choosing, tuning, sharpening, and use of traditional edge tools without a reliance on power tools. Economy and simplicity will be wedded with durability and function. From beginning to end, students will play a major role in the daily decisions with regards to the construction of the pram. If you’re imagining a week of nonstop, hands-on activity, you have the right idea. Come prepared to work, not watch! Jay Smith will provide the advice and inspiration; you’ll supply the energy, the newfound abilities, and the confidence. So come join us for a delightful week making shavings and building boats in the Norwegian tradition.

Tuition: $800

Note: This is a six-day course ending Saturday afternoon.

Tuition: $800

Note: This is a six-day course ending Saturday afternoon.

“This was my first time to WoodenBoat School and I was thoroughly charmed by this place and all the students, instructors, and staff. I will definitely encourage others to come. Thanks for everything!” E.G., Warwick, Bermuda


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Boatbuilding & Woodworking 2014 Traditional Lapstrake Construction


Stitch-And-Glue Boatbuilding

Building Rushton’s #109 Pleasure Boat.

Learn introductory and advanced modern plywood boatbuilding techniques suitable for simple or heavy-duty boats.

Geoff Burke — August 17–30

John Harris — August 17–23

John Henry Rushton is well known among wooden boat aficionados as one of the finest builders of wooden small craft to have ever plied the trade. In 1883, he received a request from a diminutive cobbler for the “lightest boat possible” and produced SAIRY GAMP, which at 9' in length and 10½ lbs is the lightest all-wood boat ever made for practical use. The cobbler, George Washington Sears, aka Nessmuck, took it on a 300mile canoe trip and wrote an account that was published in Forest and Stream, the sporting journal of the day. Overnight, canoeing and lightweight camping gear allowing people to go it alone became the rage in America. For this two-week course, we have chosen Rushton’s model #109 double-ended pleasure boat. The hull, 14' long with a 36" beam and approximate weight of 70 lbs without fittings, has proven ability, capacity, and speed. She will be planked with clear ¼" northern white cedar and framed out with ½” half-round red elm ribs, closely spaced. Geoff will offer an in-depth experience of classic lapstrake hull construction, with an emphasis on the Rushton building techniques and developing fine hand tool skills. Students will progress through all the steps of traditional boatbuilding: lofting, getting out the backbone, planking, steam-bending ribs, etc. You’ll also have access to a copy of Rushton’s personal workshop manual, which contains a unique system of plank shape offsets, as well as all the measurement and accounting information to build any of Rushton’s many models of boats. This class promises to be a full two weeks of challenging and interesting work building two of Rushton’s fine boats to be taken home by two lucky raffle winners. Previous woodworking or boatbuilding experience is required.

Tuition: $1200 (two-week course)

The “stitch-and-glue” construction method is the easiest way to build a boat, as tens of thousands of amateur boatbuilders will testify. The approach, which emphasizes the use of epoxy adhesives and strategic fiberglass reinforcement combined with marine plywood, is ideal for first-timers. But like so many things, it’s easy to do but hard to do well. This class is about how to do it well. The stitch-and-glue techniques date back to the advent of modern adhesives in the 1960s. The basic process involves prefabricated plywood parts, which are stitched together with loops of wire, then glued with epoxy to create rigid and seaworthy hulls. The process dispenses with lofting, elaborate molds, and much of the complex joinery of traditional wooden boat building. While the method is beloved of amateurs, in recent decades professionals have seized on this type of construction as a way to create beautiful free-form hull shapes with amazing strength and light weight. While still benefiting from the speed and ease of stitch-and-glue boatbuilding, pros deploy sophisticated techniques that result in optimized structures and glittering finishes. As the owner of Chesapeake Light Craft, John Harris has shipped 24,000 stitch-and-glue kits and built hundreds of boats in classes and in his own shop. In this class, students will build a sprightly 16' multihull of John’s design called the Outrigger Junior. This ultralight and ultra-fast sailboat offers many opportunities to focus on the finer points of stitch-and-glue construction: perfect hand-drawn fillets that look like they were molded in place; fast and clean fiberglass sheathing and reinforcement; the use of advanced materials like peel-ply and carbon fiber; high-performance foil construction; and hollow wood-epoxy spars. Whether you’re building your first boat, or looking to learn the advanced tricks that the professionals use to get “showboat” finishes, this one-week class will advance your abilities to work with wood, epoxy, and fiberglass. And the boat we build together will be raffled off at the end of the week to one very lucky student!

Tuition: $750 Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday evening.

“John Harris is top notch. He explained all the material in detail, and challenged each student to get the most out of the STITCH-AND-GLUE BOATBUILDING course. It definitely expanded my knowledge of plywood/epoxy construction.” E.R., Plainview, New York

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2014 Boatbuilding & Woodworking Fine Strip-Planked Boat Construction

A guide to building small boats with wood strips and epoxy. Nick Schade — June 8–14, August 24–30 If you want to build a lightweight, rugged, and beautiful small boat, combining thin strips of wood with epoxy and fiberglass will make a cartoppable, low-maintenance, and gorgeous vessel. Nick Schade has been building strip-built boats for over 25 years. He has written two of the standard texts on the subject, Building Strip-Planked Boats and The Strip-Built Sea Kayak, and his efforts have guided thousands of people through building their own boats using the popular stripplanked method. In this six-day course, students will explore this method of construction while building two very different boat designs created by Nick. In the June course students will build the Nymph pack canoe and the Night Heron sea kayak. In the August course students will build the Mystic River tandem canoe and the microBootlegger recreational kayak. Nymph is a small, extremely lightweight, easy to handle double-paddle canoe. Night Heron is an elegant, high performance sea kayak design that has found a place in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The Mystic River 17' tandem canoe is a wonderful example of a classic woodstrip canoe with graceful lines and a beautiful recurved stem. The microBootlegger 17 is an open-cockpit tandem kayak with lines reminiscent of a 1920s mahogany runabout. All four of these boats will provide an excellent overview of the strip-planking process. Students will gain experience in a wide variety of techniques involved in this modern boatbuilding process. Strip-planking small boats uses thin cedar strips reinforced inside and out with fiberglass and epoxy. The finished boat is lightweight, strong, and beautiful. The fiberglass fabric is absolutely transparent and allows the beauty of the wood to shine through. Students will learn how to work with the wood strips and fiberglass fabric and epoxy. With the open canoes we will mount inwales and outwales, breasthooks, thwarts and seats. On the kayaks we will make the deck and hull, join the two together, and make the cockpit, coaming, and hatches. Day One will have students fairing up the forms, shaping the inner stems, fabricating the kayak coaming and canoe backrest, and getting a start on the planking. Tuesday will have us continuing with planking, installing stems, and working on hatches and gunwales. Before you know it, we will start sanding the hull and deck and applying fiberglass on Wednesday. On Thursday, the kayak and canoe will come off the forms. After fairing the insides of the hulls, carbon-Kevlar hybrid fabric will be laid-up on the interiors. Come Friday, students will start finishing up the canoe while the hull and deck of the kayak are joined together. The class wraps up midday on Saturday with final fiberglass work and completion of details on both boats. Throughout this course, Nick will take time to discuss the many variations on the strip-building process that students can use on their own boatbuilding projects. After a week of fine craftsmanship and fun, we’ll step back to admire two stunning boats that will raffled off to two lucky students.

Mystic River Tandem

Baby Bootlegger


Tuition: $800 Note: This is a six-day course ending Saturday afternoon.

Night Heron


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Boatbuilding & Woodworking 2014 Wooden Boat Restoration Methods

Runabout Repair And Restoration

Walt Ansel — August 24–September 6

Gary Lowell — September 7–20

The rebuilding process continued.

Making them beautiful again—keelson to varnish.


The design and manufacture of wooden runabouts earlier in this century was one of the high points in the history of American boatbuilding. These boats are still lovely, inspiring, and very much appreciated today. Fortunately, many of them still exist, though quite often they sit forlorn in boatyards or barns, awaiting the loving hand of a restorer. WoodenBoat School is happy to bring this course back again for aspiring runabout rebuilders/restorers. Professional boatbuilder Gary Lowell, who has worked in boat restoration for the past 21 years, will pack these two weeks with specific how-tos and confidence-building experience, while involving each student in many different aspects of runabout repair. Students will examine the obvious deficiencies and then survey the boats for more subtle problems. You’ll design each detail of the repair process and learn how to lay out an efficient and practical work schedule. Gary will lead discussions on materials and sources of supply, and woodworking and finishing techniques, both traditional and innovative. The 2013 steam launch restoration class started with a unique challenge: how to connect the new backbone that was built in 2012, to the original hull, which was upside down. Students ably fitted and installed floor timbers in this unusual inverted position so that the reconnected hull could be turned upright and reframed. At the same time, cedar garboards were installed to catch the frame heels. Lofting of the boat’s shape was completed along with a table of offsets. Additional projects included the design and construction of a new rudder and rudderpost and the installation of sister horn timbers for the planks to land on. By week two, the class was well ready to roll the boat back to its upright position and install 26 new frames This task was completed on the very last day of class with a steady supply of limber, hot white oak blanks being passed to students who bent, pushed, clamped, and drove fastenings like seasoned professionals. The upcoming 2014 class should prove interesting, as teams of students will work on many independent projects at the same time. We have some careful replacement work or repair to be done to the sheer strakes and clamps, which had rotted at the low point in the sheer. Several floors that were unreachable while inverted have to be made and installed. Some of the planks in the shaftlog area need to be replaced or repaired. The end decks need refastening, stripping, and caulking. Cedar stock will be milled for the new ceiling. Several students might choose to develop scale lines drawings from the table of offsets. The parts list is long for this entire project, yet the process of duplication is fascinating. Each piece tells a story. Much is to be learned about the choice of woods, which tools were used to fabricate them, and how they were fastened. Another interesting side project will be the planning of the engine installation. This will involve designing the engine bed and shaft alignment. You are invited to join us on this fascinating trip back into boatbuilding history as we work to bring this 124-year-old beauty back to life.

Throughout the course, you will have plenty of opportunity to try your hand at all phases of restoration—structural disassembly, repair and replacement of hull parts and joinery, renovation of electrical and mechanical systems, and the preparation for and application of paint and varnish. Gary has designed this course to help the restorer become self-sufficient and resourceful, able to complete an exciting project, to decide when a professional needs to be brought in, or to find and fix a needy craft, and, ultimately, to enjoy the satisfaction and value of bringing one of the beautiful watercraft back to life.

Tuition: $1200 two-week course Note: Students are encouraged to bring a boat or small project to work on in this class. However, communication with the instructor and school office prior to the course is necessary to determine the practicality of bringing one’s own boat.

Tuition: $1200 (two-week course)

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2014 Boatbuilding & Woodworking Sparmaking


Learn the steps to building both solid and hollow spars. Jeremy Gage — July 13–19 Wooden spars are a sight to behold and complement almost any harbor in which they are found. This week with boatbuilder Jeremy Gage will guide you through the process of building solid and hollow spars. Building your own mast and boom, combined with fabricating some simple hardware, is a wonderful project that can save you money, and bring you the satisfaction of doing it yourself. One of the projects undertaken by students in this course will be the masts for a lug-rigged Caledonia Yawl. These will be built using the eight-stave, bird’s-mouth method used by many boatbuilders for its simplicity and strength. You’ll also turn out, for other boats, some solid-wood spars that will require little or no gluing and can be easily shaped with hand tools. We will start the week talking about wood selection, cutting scarf joints, building a spar bench, gluing up with epoxy, and sharpening hand planes. Time will be dedicated to looking over plans and having a real understanding of how masts function and are supported. Throughout the week, Jeremy will touch on other spar construction techniques. Different spars as well as hardware details will be discussed. Time will be spent on the water looking at how different rigs work in their environment. This should lay the foundation for whatever rig style you choose. The course will close with a few coats of varnish and a discussion of maintaining your new rig for years to come. This week promises to be a full one, so come ready to make plenty of shavings and turn out beautiful wooden spars.

Tuition: $750 Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday evening.

“The entire experience exceeded all my expectations. First- class! Thanks.” M.H., Chestertown, Maryland


Traditional And Modern Oar Making


Creating beautiful oars that turn minimum effort into maximum power. Clint Chase — June 29–July 5 There are few projects more thoroughly satisfying than oar making. Making your own oars engages all the senses—the sweet smell of spruce, the feel of the plane peeling off a perfect shaving, and the sound of hand tools at work. The “tricks of the trade” that make crafting an oar truly enjoyable are not easy to pick up on your own, but will be generously shared in this course. After a week in a pile of shavings, you will leave this course with a new knowledge about oars and rowing, along with your very own set of beautiful oars.

Clint Chase brings years of experience as a boatbuilder and oar maker, and has designed this exciting course to guide students through the fundamental steps of making and finishing oars: milling the blanks, choosing a pattern, tapering, rounding the looms, shaping the blades, and tuning the oar. Clint will teach his techniques for counterbalancing each set of oars with cast-lead “slugs.” Student will choose the spruce oars they want to create. Some will choose flat-blades or spoons; others can choose a modern approach using wood-composite blades. Whether you choose traditional or modern, you will learn the crucial methods and knowledge required to craft a lightweight, strong, and balanced oar, making rowing a great pleasure.   On Saturday morning, Clint will teach how to leather your oars and make the collars, and students will go home with fancy leathering kits, finishing instructions, and resources for further learning. Most of all, each student will head home with a beautiful, functional set of oars to prove it.

Tuition: $800 Materials: $94.95 Note: This is a six-day course ending Saturday afternoon.

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Boatbuilding & Woodworking 2014 Boatbuilder’s Hand Tools

Making, restoring, and using traditional tools of the trade. Harry Bryan — June 15–21

In spite of the ever-increasing number of power tools in the woodworking/ boatbuilding trades, the foundation of the boatbuilder’s skills is still largely dependent on the use of hand tools. Hand tools bring you in close contact with wood, enabling the user to get to know and work with its grain structure. Many of the pieces that make up a wooden boat are complex shapes employing compound angles and rolling bevels. Often it is more efficient to create these pieces with hand tools than trying to set up a machine that is not appropriate to the job at hand. This five-day course with well-known boatbuilder/designer Harry Bryan will focus on developing skills with hand saws, draw knives, chisels and slicks, auger bits and planes. You’ll build one of Harry’s boat designs and acquire skills, such as, cutting the complex angle on the end of a deck beam and having it fit first time. You will have the confidence to cut a stem rabbet and make short work of a plank scarf using a slick and a smoothing plane. Keeping these tools sharp is absolutely necessary for controlled, accurate work. Therefore, time will be spent presenting simple, straightforward methods for creating a razor-sharp edge. From setting and filing a handsaw, to renewing the edge of a drill bit for cutting steel, we will learn to restore tools rather them toss them aside when they are dull. You’re invited to bring along any old tools that you feel may be candidates for restoring. Harry will also discuss where to acquire good tools, how to avoid wasting your money on cheap ones, and how to recognize and restore that jewel covered with the rust of neglect. Making and modifying tools is a natural progression for the hand tool user. Students will learn about hardening and tempering tool steel, as well as sawing, filing, and drilling to create precise shapes. There will be practice in the use of silver solder and rivets for joining metals. Each student will be encouraged to make a tool of their own during the week, such as a carving gouge, chisel, boatbuilder’s level, pencil divider, or if there is time, a slick or plane. Hand tools are not a nostalgic holdover from the past. After this fascinating week with Harry Bryan, you’ll feel the direct connection between the craftsman and his work.

Build Your Own Mastermyr Tool Chest An ancient design with modern appeal involving woodworking and simple forge work. Don Weber — August 10–16


Over the years, we’ve offered numerous, one-of-a-kind woodworking classes designed with the woodworker and boatbuilder in mind. Don Weber’s new course continues this tradition. For a little background on the original Viking tool chest dating back to 1100 A.D. and unearthed in 1936 in Sweden, read Don’s piece on the Mastermyr Tool Chest in WoodenBoat No. 218. With simple hand tools – hand planes, hand saws, bit and brace, adze, scrapers, and chisels – students will fashion the tool chest out of white oak. Building this chest will provide some easy and fun joinery exercises including cutting tapers, tenons, dadoes, and mortises. Attaining a perfect woodto-wood fit will be the standard each student will aim for.

When you’re satisfied with your joinery, you’ll use glue and wooden pegs for fastening the wooden components together. Once the construction is complete, the box will be stained and sealed with varnish. You will also learn how to forge the hinges and hasp along with the rose-headed clench nails that fasten the hardware to the box. Don will demonstrate the process of building a simple propane forge for your own shop. This promises to be a busy, informative week that everyone, even longtime woodworkers, will find enjoyable. Working alongside a very talented craftsman, each student will have a unique opportunity to understand why wood can be such a wonderful building material and to grow as a woodworker. And at week’s end, each will take home a nautical, certifiably authentic, and handsome piece of furniture to last a lifetime.

Tuition: $750

Tuition: $750

Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday evening.

Materials: $52.75 Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday evening.

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2014 Boatbuilding & Woodworking Building Half Models

The Art Of Woodcuts

Mark Sutherland — July 13–19 Eric Dow —September 21–27

Gene Shaw — August 17–23

The practice and pleasure of carving half models.

An intriguing woodworking project for the beginning or intermediate woodworker. Woodcut printmaking is a relief-printing artistic technique in which an image is carved into the surface of a block of wood, with the printing parts remaining level with the surface while the non-printing parts are removed, typically with gouges, knives, and chisels. It was created in about 1400 in Europe and, throughout time, has gone through various levels of technical and artistic development among woodworkers around the world.

There are few products of woodworking as exciting to behold as a welldone half model. It reveals the character of the boat it represents at a scale that can be admired at a glance and appreciated for a lifetime. Half models are a wonderful way to remember a boat of the past or dream about one of the future. Half-hull modeling is both a practical way to enjoy woodworking with limited time and tools, and a tangible way to grasp the intricacies of boat plans. To carve for yourself and mount a half model is to forever capture a design in three dimensions. In both of these weeks of hands-on participation, you’ll explore the tools, techniques, and materials for half-model making from lines plans; the woods; the glues; the tools; the paints and varnishes. Mark Sutherland’s course is geared toward the more experienced woodworker. Projects will be large half models in the 36” to 48” range, and students will choose between three designs taken from the works of Howard I Chappell—a fishing schooner, a coasting schooner, or a square-rigged ship. In Eric’s course, students will have access to the extensive model plans collection at the WoodenBoat Store. Eric also encourages folks to bring lines drawings of their own boat or favorite designs. Besides creating one or two models of your own, you will learn a lot about boat plans and gain a feeling for the long tradition of half-hull modeling—and go home with the ability to build more on your own.

Tuition: $750 Materials: $105.50 for Mark Sutherland’s course (one larger model). $126.60 for Eric Dow’s course (two models and one set of plans). Note: These are five-day courses ending Friday evening.

Gene Shaw, artist and master woodworker, has designed this captivating course for individuals interested in learning how to create black-andwhite woodcut prints. On Monday morning, Gene will introduce students to the proper use of carving tools, methods to sharpen them, and how to make a straight knife from a simple hacksaw blade. During the week, work will be done on both soft and hard woods, plywood, and linoleum blocks. There will also be an introduction to various papers, inks, and brayers. Printing will be by hand using a traditional Japanese barren (of several types) or a bamboo paddle, the instructors favorite. A trip to a nearby gallery that exhibits woodcuts and wood engravings by a number of local artists will be planned early in the week to expose students to a wide variety of styles. A visit to a handmade paper gallery will include a demonstration and a chance for each student to make a couple sheets of paper. After the paper dries, students will use it to print their own woodcuts. Anyone interested in woodcarving and woodworking will be fascinated by this week with Gene, a very talented craftsman and artist. By the end of the course, everyone will have achieved a solid foundation for designing and producing high-quality woodcut prints in a small space using quality tools and materials.

Tuition: $750 Materials: $42.20 Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday evening.


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Boatbuilding & Woodworking 2014 Carving Waterfowl


Jerry Cumbo — July 13–19

Reed Hayden — August 24–30

Learn shallow relief carving along with decorative decoy techniques.

Introductory and advanced techniques for both first-time and experienced carvers. Professional boatbuilder and woodcarver Reed Hayden offers students a stimulating look at decorative woodcarving during this week. Whether you are a casual hobbyist or a devoted craftsman, this week promises each participant very satisfying results using basic carving tools and woodworking skills. Reed will introduce a variety of carving and woodworking techniques including design and drawing, incised lettering, low and high relief carving, overlays, three-dimensional projects, router work, and gold leafing. All of these procedures will enable students to produce elaborate carvings as well as integrate them into marine and residential applications.

Carving wild birds can be exceptionally satisfying and enjoyable, but it is likely to be a new or different and somewhat challenging experience for many woodworkers. In this new course taught by Jerry Cumbo, students will gain a better understanding of woodcarving and how to gain the skills associated with this art form. You’ll learn simple and straightforward tooling techniques and methods for achieving two different and beautiful carvings. The first class project will be a shallow relief carving of a New England shorebird. For simplicity’s sake, Jerry will have on hand three bird designs for students to choose from. To begin, he’ll demonstrate basic carving tool use and sharpening, along with which woods are appropriate for carving. Moving on to drawing, design, and layout, students will learn to develop an eye for a finished piece from the original blank or block, and how to formulate a well-thought-out carving strategy for their own project. Using a variety of carving tools and knives, and a small amount of time with a router, each student will practice carving techniques before starting on their chosen piece. Patience and practice make perfect, and, as the week slides by, students will gradually gain the skills and confidence to create a fine-looking relief carving. Midweek, Jerry will also introduce students to the steps in creating a freestanding sculptural piece—an Atlantic Coast shorebird decorative decoy. A bandsaw will replace the router, but the majority of the woodwork will be done with gouges, rasps, and knives. Starting with a block of wood, you will go through the steps of drawing a profile of the bird, removing wood, redrawing your shape, and slowly developing a form. Wood responds to firm but gentle coaxing, and you will alearn to work with patience and develop a rhythm in your work. Techniques in finishing, details, painting, and mounting will also be covered. If there is time, Jerry will lead a field trip to the Wendell Gilley Museum of Bird Carving in Southwest Harbor to provide a bit more inspiration. The more one knows about the construction of the things one carves, the better. At the conclusion of this week, students will not only leave with two beautiful pieces they’ve carved themselves, but with new skills and an eye for artistic expression and the harmony between nature and art.

Tuition: $750 Materials: $79.13 Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday evening.

For those individuals new to carving, one of the first projects will be a motif sign. Coupled with this exercise will be a decorative carved shell. Both of these projects will help the student develop a “good eye” toward visualizing various shapes and forms. As one’s carving skill and experience develop, so does that “good eye.” Having brought the motif sign to a point where it is ready for paint, students will be encouraged to explore other techniques. These may be incorporated into a project of their own design. Reed will provide plenty of examples of his own work and others for reference. For the more experienced carvers, Reed will offer more ambitious projects that focus on three-dimensional carving. All students are encouraged to bring any of their own carving projects they may want to work on in the course. If you’ve ever had the ambition to design and carve your own work, this week might be just the one you’ve been waiting for. Complete with design advice, tool and wood selection, carving instruction, and finishing techniques, Reed’s helpful course should provide immense satisfaction and inspiration.

Tuition: $750 Materials: $89.68 for novice carvers; to be determined for advanced carvers based on project. Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday evening.

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2014 Boatbuilding & Woodworking Build Your Own Fox Canoe

Stitch-and-glue construction of a lightweight, decked, double-paddle canoe.


Bill Thomas — July 27–August 2

Build Your Own Greenland-Style Kayak A wonderfully simple and affordable boatbuilding project, ideal to do with a partner. Mark Kaufman — June 22–28

Tuition: $800 (partner $400)

During this rewarding seven-day course, students will have the opportunity to build an elegant replica of a traditional Greenland-style skin-on-frame kayak based on museum surveys. Participants will have a choice of building one of three different Greenland kayaks. Two are of the West Greenland style, and one is of the East Greenland style. The West Greenland Kayak has a flat, low aft deck with gracefully up-sweeping ends, a pronounced V bottom, and hard chines. West Greenland builders will have a choice of building a reproduction of the FRAM Museum #176 kayak from 1888, which measures 17'10" in length by 201⁄2" in width, or a replica of the Canadian Museum of Civilization IV-A-375 Disko Bay Kayak from 1931, measuring 16'4" long and 20" wide. The West Greenland kayaks can be fitted with the standard egg-shaped cockpit rim (16" x 22") or the longer (keyhole-shaped cockpit (16" x 31"). The East Greenland Kayak looks similar to the West Greenland Kayak when viewed from above, but has a lower profile without the strongly upturned ends. Its sides slope in sharply, converging on a narrow, almost flat bottom. Unlike the West Greenland Kayak, which has a higher deck toward the front than the back, the East Greenland Kayak has a relatively level deck for most of the length. East Greenland builders will be reproducing the Danish National Museum L.19.157 from 1932, which measures 18'8" in length by 19" in width. The East Greenland Kayak uses the egg-shaped cockpit rim (16" x 22"). Minor sizing adjustments will allow the builder to custom-fit both the West and East Greenland Kayaks. Traditional construction techniques will be blended with modern materials to create a kayak that is fast and light. Each finished kayak, built from western red cedar with steam-bent white ash ribs and a stitched-on nylon skin, will weigh between 25 and 28 lbs. Instructor Mark Kaufman will create a materials/kit package that includes pre-machined and -mortised western red cedar gunwales, stringers, deckbeams, stems, white ash rib stock, laminated white ash masik deckbeams, finished cockpit rim, adjustable foot braces (for West Greenland Kayaks), seat slats, latigo leather deck lines, nylon skin, urethane coating, and a partially preshaped western red cedar paddle blank. Skills Mark will teach include procedures for accurately replicating the original profile of the kayak from line drawings, layout procedures, mortise-andtenon construction, steam-bending, hull shaping, sewing on a skin, and, time permitting, carving a Greenland paddle. Mark promises a fun, fast-paced, intensive week as each kayak takes shape. Students can expect some long, very productive days so that each day’s goals can be met, and by the end of the week each participant will have a stunning kayak that is ready for the water.

Materials: $1266.00 Note: This is a six-day course ending Saturday afternoon

Tuition: $825 (partner $400)

At first glance, this design from Bill Thomas might be thought of as a kayak, but a more accurate label would be a decked-over, double-paddle canoe. Fox has proven to be quite a seaworthy boat, even though Bill’s thoughts while designing the canoe were of quiet waters and a relaxing pace. At 14’7” in length, Fox is longer than most decked canoes, and the beam of 30” adds greatly to the boat’s strength and carrying capacity. Weighing only 42 lbs, the canoe can easily be carried on one’s shoulder and is steady enough to step into at the water’s edge. There’s room for a young child or pet to fit comfortably forward of the paddler. Her roomy 6’6” cockpit also makes her a great platform for fishing or photography. Tracking is solid, and the bilge panels make it possible to lean the canoe and carve gentle turns as one winds oneself up narrow streams and backwaters. The long waterline and fine entry also make it possible to cover long distances when necessary. Fox’s ample freeboard coupled with a moderately high bow and 3” coamings make for a dry ride in a chop or swell. Bill will guide students through the straightforward stitch-andglue construction. Built of okoume marine plywood and 6-oz fiberglass cloth, the hull goes together fairly quickly, and by mid-week students will be installing the bulkheads and laying down the decks. Adding to the elegance of the boat, each canoe will be fitted out with hatches for dry storage, mahogany coamings and seat back, and a caned ash seat. Foot braces aren’t needed, as Fox is perfectly comfortable to paddle with the outside of your knees braced against the coaming, or to sit in cross-legged when the mood strikes.

Materials: 16'4" West Greenland Kayak $1185.82 17'10" West Greenland Kayak $1335.63 18'8" East Greenland Kayak $1391.55 Note: This is a seven-day course that begins on Sunday morning and ends the following Saturday afternoon.


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Boatbuilding & Woodworking 2014 Build Your Own Stitch-And-Glue Kayak Versatile, durable, easy-to-build designs for both the recreational and serious kayaker. Eric Schade — July 20–26 Is there a perfect kayak? You can’t have all in one kayak. For speed, you want a hull that is long and narrow. For comfort, you want broad beam and a big cockpit. For maneuverability and ease of handling, a short kayak is desirable. Artful compromise is the mark of good design, and Eric Schade has a number of beautiful kayaks that may just fit your bill. Students who register for this very popular course will be able to choose among the following designs: the 14' 6" Shearwater Sport, the Shearwater 16 or 17, and the Wood Duck series. The Shearwater Sport is Eric’s most versatile traditional kayak. It offers the perfect compromise of light weight, sharp West Greenland handling, effortless cruising speed, and an extra-large cockpit for comfort. And it’s more than fast enough to accelerate onto waves for surfing. The Shearwater 16 and 17 are great-looking, performanceoriented touring kayaks, perfectly suited to the experienced paddler. The Shearwater designs feature a cambered deck and a West Greenland-style hard-chined hull. The Wood Duck 10, 12, and 14 are all compact, easy-to-launch, recreational kayaks built for comfort and speed. With big cockpits and ample stability, they are ideal for exploring inland waterways, fishing, or just having fun with your kids. All of these designs are built from a Chesapeake Light Craft kit using the most advanced wood-composite techniques. Stitch-andglue plywood construction of computer-cut panels makes the assembly very user-friendly. The structure is carefully and neatly reinforced with epoxy and fiberglass for use on rocky beaches. During construction, Eric will explain options for outfitting the boats with seats, backrests, foot braces, hatch covers, and deck rigging. At the end of the week each kayak will be ready for sanding and paint or varnish. On Saturday afternoon you’ll be taking home a beautiful, new boat along with plenty of new skills and shop tips you can use on many future wood-epoxy composite boatbuilding projects.

Wood Ducks

Shearwater Sport

Tuition: $800 (partner $400) Kit Prices:

Shearwater Sport – $1264.95; 16' – $1264.95; 17' – $1264.95 Wood Duck 10' – $1159.45; 12' – $1159.45; 14' – $1212.20; Double – $1264.95 Note: This is a six-day course ending Saturday afternoon.

Shearwater 17'

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2014 Boatbuilding & Woodworking Build Your Own Annapolis Wherry

Build Your Own Northeaster Dory

Geoff Kerr — June 15–21

David Fawley — August 31–September 6

In this six-day course, each student will build an Annapolis Wherry from a Chesapeake Light Craft kit. The Wherry is designed after the graceful 19th century livery boats used on the River Thames. She is, however, lighter and slimmer, combining breathtaking grace with thoroughbred performance under oars. Solid stability, sea-kindly lines, a buoyant bow, and ample flare make the Wherry a natural choice for rowing in choppy water. It is designed around a sliding seat and, in the hands of an experienced oarsman, cruising speeds easily reach 5 to 7 knots. The Annapolis Wherry (see Small Boats 2007) may be unsurpassed as a rowing trainer, exercise boat, long-distance cruiser, or open-water racer.

A dory is a lot of boat for the money, which explains the enduring popularity of the type over the last 150 years or more. Graceful roundsided lapstrake dories like this 17-footer were once the primary recreational craft on the New England coast. In this six-day course, you’ll assemble a faithful reproduction in just a week, using marine plywood and epoxy. Capacity is three adults, and you can add a sailing rig if you choose. Enjoy fast rowing with one oarsman or two, or add a slidingseat unit. This very popular John C. Harris design uses Chesapeake Light Craft’s patented LapStitch™ process, which yields boats of 19th-century appearance but 21st-century weight and durability. More than 11 years after the first CLC LapStitch™ models, the Northeaster Dory enjoys numerous refinements for faster, easier, prettier, and stronger construction. Just as in the original dories, we begin with a sturdy flat bottom, erect frames, and then add planks in a single day. A handsome timber rail adds stiffness, and the structure is further reinforced with epoxy and fiberglass. Solid timber seats feature alternating Spanish cedar and cypress strips, which will look great under varnish. All plywood is marine-grade okoume. The impulse for this new design was the desire for a fast but safe and dry rowing craft, for exercise during Maryland winters on the creeks near John’s Kent Island home. Simple and sturdy, the dory can live in or out of the water, ready to go in any condition of wind and wave. Dories are great load-carriers, and the Northeaster Dory is no exception. The maximum payload is 800 lbs. By the end of this exciting week, hulls will be assembled, ready for sanding and painting at home. If there’s time during the class, those who elect to add the traditional dory sailing rig may get started on that option. Come join John, a leading designer in the wooden boat community, and experience the satisfaction of building your very own beautiful dory.

Experience the ultimate in a recreational, open-water pulling boat.

The boat is made of 6mm okoume plywood with 9mm okoume plywood frames, thwarts and flotation tanks. Outwales, breasthook and quarter knees are solid mahogany. The Annapolis Wherry is built using the LapStitch™ construction technique. Traditional lapstrake boatbuilding employs molds over which planks are nailed or riveted together. By using precision-rabbeted, computer-cut plank shapes and frames which double as molds, a CLC Lapstitch kit boat is wired together just like a stitch-andglue kayak. When glued with small epoxy fillets, the planks create a stiff and strong hull that will last for fifty years. The pre-cut hull planks are scarfed together, and then connected to the frames and each other with copper wire stitches, then fixed in place with epoxy fillets. Next come thwarts, knees, wales, and air tanks. Fiberglass cloth on the bottom, inside and out, provides abrasion resistance. The instructor will also discuss the proper way to sand and paint or varnish your boat, and will explain sliding seat installation. At the end of an absorbing week, students will have learned about stitch-and-glue basics, including epoxy work, fiberglassing, and laminating. Building a LapStitch™ boat is easy, but assembling an 18' boat in a week means a tight schedule, and you’ll be spending plenty of time in our shop. It will be an exciting week with an outstanding boatbuilder to guide you through your project!

The elegance of a traditional workboat in stitch-and-glue construction

Tuition: $800 (partner: $400) Materials: Row – $1582.50 Sail (sloop) – $2847.45 Sail (lug) – $2741.95 Note: This is a six-day course ending Saturday afternoon.

Tuition: $800 (partner: $400) Materials: $1528.70 Note: This is a six-day course ending Saturday afternoon.


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Boatbuilding & Woodworking 2014 Build Your Own Plank Constructed Pond Yacht

Build Norumbega, a vintage Marblehead-class pond yacht designed for radio-control.

Vintage Pond Yachts – Part II

Further work toward completion of your previously started pond yacht. Thom Mclaughlin — June 29–July 5

Thom McLaughlin — June 22–28 Pond yachts are exquisite small wooden sailboats raced in urban settings. In the height of their popularity, the 1920s to 1940s, they were a common sight in public parks. They conformed to class ratings and were raced in international competitions, including the 1936 Olympics. Today we admire them for their beautiful woodwork, simplicity of form, miniaturized fittings, and their ability to be sailed without high maintenance costs or storage and slip fees. In this course each student will be gaining experience in building a hull for a Marblehead-class pond boat. This type of small sailboat originated in 1932 with the minimal design requirements of 50' LOA and 800 square inches of sail area. Over the years, this type of pond boat became the premier example of a racing pond yacht. Norumbega has been designed by the course instructor, but it exemplifies the classic qualities of boats from another era. Norumbega’s form is inspired the 1930‘s Cheerio designs of John Black, which garnered him a medal in pond yacht racing at the 1936 Olympics. When fully rigged for sailing, the pond boat is over 7' tall, which makes it very impressive from shore when under sail. The boat can be easily dismantled for transport in keeping with the origin of the 50” length, which was to facilitate fitting the boat into a 1930s car rumble seat. Working from lines drawings, each student will work on their own hull using the tapered plank building method. Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) parts for the strongback, molds, and keelson will be used to facilitate the initial building steps. Several past students have gone on to build other designs of pond boats using methods learned in this course. Besides actually building a pond yacht, this class is excellent for someone interested in building plank-constructed examples of model boats or being exposed to the fundamentals of full-sized boatbuilding. This course will be an intense six days of building and learning through demonstration and practice. Even though some of the furnished materials will be pre-cut before the course, this is not a kit boat, and the student will learn to make decisions based on reading blueprints and developing an eye for form, along with enhancing building skills. Also, instruction on decking, painting, mast and boom construction, rigging hardware, and radiocontrol devices will occur during the week to ensure ease of completion of the sailboat. A number of completed class boats will be available for viewing during the week. If you can schedule an extended stay at WoodenBoat School, join Thom for next week’s VINTAGE POND YACHTS—PART II course. While no previous boatbuilding experience is needed for this class, a basic understanding of simple hand tools and fundamental woodworking is a requirement.

Tuition: $800 Materials: $311.23 Note: This is a six-day course ending Saturday afternoon.

This week is intended to provide the environment and guidance for you to return to Brooklin and resume work on the pond yacht you started here at WoodenBoat School. Students from Thom’s building courses from the past 15 years working on the 36” Acadia or Brooklin hulls, or any of the 50” Vintage Marblehead pond boats Naskeag, Peony, Rusticator, or Iduna are invited to participate. Completion of the hull in BUILDING PLANKCONSTRUCTED POND YACHTS is only halfway toward getting your model ready to sail, and Thom will re-energize the group in getting everyone much closer to completion. Construction methods and tasks covered in this course will include epoxy sheathing of the hull, completion of the fin and rudder, fabrication of internal support beams, decking, electronics installation, sail control device, manufacture of mast and booms, mounting fittings, and final rigging. Perhaps not every class member will accomplish all of these steps, but at a minimum you will depart this week inspired with specific production knowledge and with the confidence to finish your model at home and get it out sailing. The course materials fee will cover the cost of the wooden materials for all of your boat’s deckbeams, mast, booms, deck, and electronic board. With Thom’s assistance and list of resources, students will be expected to bring along the electronics, appropriate fittings, and rigging items. As always with our pond yacht courses, students will have the opportunity to sail completed pond yachts on our waterfront or in local ponds throughout the week.

Tuition: $800 Materials: $158.25 Note: This is a six-day course ending Saturday afternoon.

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2014 Related Crafts Rigging


Principles and practices; tools and traditional techniques.

Blacksmithing For Boatbuilders

An introduction to traditionally forged ironwork for marine projects.

Myles Thurlow — July 27–August 2

Doug Wilson — June 15–21

Beyond its obvious value to such people as boatyard workers and bluewater cruisers, a working knowledge of good rigging is useful and enjoyable, sometimes even crucial, for anyone involved with boats. This week with Myles Thurlow, professional rigger from Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, will prove indispensable to all those interested in gaining a fuller appreciation of rigging design and layout along with many doit-yourself rigging operations. From splicing to mooring lines, from leather chafe protections to mast tuning, from fixing deck hardware to inspecting and maintaining a rig, students will have plenty of “hands-on” opportunities to come away with a broader understanding of rigging. Myles’ course will be based on a thorough discussion of traditional rigging design and layout. It will lean toward the traditional rig with some modern concepts added to the mix. Using WoodenBoat School’s fleet, along with boats in neighboring Center Harbor, you’ll examine and inspect a variety of rigs. A wide assortment of rigging tools, wire, line, and hardware will be used and compared, and students will be kept busy throughout the week practicing splicing, serving, seizing, and a variety of useful knots. At the conclusion of this week, all participants will have a better understanding of marlinspike seamanship and how to create safe and effective rigging.

The time-honored craft of blacksmithing is alive and well. This captivating, five-day course, taught by master craftsman Doug Wilson, will expose students to the principles of the craft, focusing on hot-forging steel. Students will learn fundamental hand-forging processes and then have the opportunity to create useful items. No power tools will interfere with your understanding of the forging process.

Tuition: $750

Materials fee: $121.33 Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday evening.

“Myles Thurlow’s RIGGING course was fantastic. It was a perfect balance of shop time and field trips out on the water and to local boatyards. We covered a lot of rigging subjects including rope and wire splicing. Learned a ton!” J.F., Chappaqua, New York


Do you need a special tool or would you like to restore an old one? Can it be fixed, or will you need to replace the original? How about steel hardware? The lessons learned here will apply to both ornamental forge work and tool making with high-carbon steels. The mysteries of hardening and tempering will be addressed, and students will learn to properly heat high-carbon tools of their own making. As students become more confident in basic blacksmithing skills during this course, they’ll move on to designing and making individual pieces to take home. The promise of success in this course will be limited only by the talent and enterprise of the beginner, and not by the lack of expensive or elaborate equipment and materials. And as students find themselves becoming more confident in their blacksmithing skills over time, they will discover, with pleasure and satisfaction, that they have become their own teacher.

Tuition: $800 Materials: $211 Note: This course will be held at Doug Wilson’s shop located in Little Deer Isle, a short drive from WoodenBoat School. Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday evening.

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Related Crafts 2014 Metalworking For The Boatbuilder And Woodworker

Bronze Casting For Boatbuilders

The process of patternmaking and casting custom hardware.

A survey of tools and techniques.

Mike Saari — August 17–23

Erica Moody — July 27–August 2

If you are a professional or amateur boatbuilder, in a small or large operation, working on traditional or modern craft, power or sail, wood or even plastic, one thing you always have to consider is the matter of hardware. Boatbuilders are often in need of special bronze fittings that are either not available off the shelf or must be cast at great expense.

This highly useful course will provide students the opportunity to review and practice various metalworking techniques geared toward assisting professional or amateur woodworkers and/or boatbuilders in fabricating or repairing metal parts needed for their projects. We will start by looking at types of metal used in the marine environment and their properties and uses, and review tools and techniques to work them in simple ways without the need to set up a fancy metal studio in that spare corner of your shop or garage. The focus will be on working mostly different bronze alloys and copper. Techniques covered will include drilling and tapping, forming, silver brazing, soldering, and finishing methods. The suggested class project will be to start and finish your own pair of custom bronze chart dividers. Students may also bring marine-related parts to repair or fabricate, or just practice. No previous experience is necessary. This is a great chance to work alongside a very talented metalworker and to clarify metalworking questions. You will build skills and gain confidence to get that satisfying feeling from being able to repair, replace, or custom make your own deck and hull fittings, cabin hardware, tools, or beautiful accessories and gizmos.

Tuition: $750 Materials: $211 Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday evening.

This course with Mike Saari will introduce the basics of patternmaking, sand molding, and bronze casting. Students will learn how to build an inexpensive furnace and all the tools necessary to cast hot metal using sandcasting technology. Even if you don’t want to do your own casting, you will learn enough about design and patternmaking to minimize the cost of having a commercial foundry make your castings. In this hands-on, introductory course, each student will make a pattern of his or her design to cast original hardware from start to finish. Anyone who has ever lost an oarlock will appreciate learning how to make copies of original hardware. Students will learn foundry safety practices and resources for supplies. Last, but not least, students will learn how to finish off their castings.

Tuition: $750

“Erica Moody was fantastic. She was so encouraging and resourceful. If she didn’t know about something she would immediately go and find out. A very enjoyable course!”

Materials: $263.75 Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday evening.

E.P., Rothesay, New Brunswick, Canada

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2014 Related Crafts A comprehensive approach to understanding how to see and paint the Maine coast. Jerry Rose — August 10–16 You are invited to join local artist Jerry Rose for a fascinating week painting in oil. Each day will find students working both in group settings and out on their own. Jerry will cover a variety of topics, including seeing and composing a sketch, tools and techniques to achieve wet-on-wet oil painting, mixing paint and brush techniques, capturing morning light, the elements of composing and arranging the visual elements to form a better design, experimenting with design and technique, and lots more. Morning and afternoon demonstrations and discussions by the instructor will cover a different facet of landscape painting/sketching and help students understand the process of painting in oils. Following Jerry’s presentations, students will work on their daily assignments followed by a class critique. The week promises to be challenging, fun, and inspiring. Previous painting experience is recommended.

Tuition: $750

©jerry rose

Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday evening.

Coastal Maine In Watercolor Maritime details near and far.

Amy Hosa — August 31–September 6 Imagine seaweed- and barnacle-covered boulders at low tide, a gaggle of colorful dinghies and a fleet of magnificent yachts, lobsterboats off-loading at the commercial pier, and islands galore! Learn how to capture the details, textures, and colors of coastal Maine. Amy has easy-to-follow tips and tricks for boats, water surfaces, rocks, trees, and clouds. This class focuses on the fundamentals of observation while sketching and painting. Sketching instruction covers composition and perspective, and how to make a quick value study for volume, highlights, and shadows. Painting demos explore mixing color, a variety of brush techniques, and watercolor styles. Students will also receive personalized on-site demos while they’re out sketching and painting at a variety of stunning seaside locations. Daily group and individual critiques will nurture the novice and challenge the experienced artist.

Seascape/Landscape In Watercolor A setting for those visually inspired by nature who want to capture it in watercolors. Paul Trowbridge — July 6–12

The inspiration for this course with artist Paul Trowbridge, will be nearby landscapes, tidal zones, the ocean, boats, and people. This class will be flexible enough to accommodate all levels of watercolor experience, allowing for group instruction, demonstrations, critiques, lots of individual instruction, and feedback. There is nothing like setting aside time to paint at WoodenBoat School’s campus on Eggemoggin Reach to expand your skills and generate excitement about your work. The schedule will allow students to put in the hours needed to make progress, and to address the question, “How can we make paintings that capture our subject in a fresh, direct, and inspirational way?” You will become familiar with (or review) negative- and positiveshape painting; painting in puddles; using the white of the paper as a design element; as well as other general concepts of drawing and painting, including composition and color theory. With the support of the group and instructor, students will learn to see and build on their own artistic strengths, and should expect an increase in confidence in their work.

Tuition: $750 Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday evening.

Tuition: $750 Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday evening.



©jpaul trowbridge

Painting The Downeast Coast In Oils

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Related Crafts 2014 Introduction To Canvaswork Project design, tools of the trade, industrial machine stitching, materials, and lots more.

Making Friends With Your Marine Diesel Engine

An introduction to evaluating small marine diesels.

Ann Brayton — September 14–20

Jon Bardo — June 1–7, September 21–27

Ann has been running her very successful canvaswork business out of the family barn in Brooklin, Maine, for close to 20 years. Her reputation as an exceptional canvasworker (specializing in custom interior and exterior boat cushions) leads many of the area boatyards and boat owners to her doorstep each year with orders in hand. We are fortunate to be able to offer students the chance to work alongside Ann learning the basics of this valuable skill. Canvaswork is one of those traditional crafts that have been part of the boat owner’s world for centuries. Sails, protective covers, seabags, even clothes were once made out of canvas by a ship’s bosun. These days, the availability of new synthetic fibers has drastically changed the landscape for those producing marine canvaswork, though many techniques remain the same. Students in this course will learn the ins and outs of working with a wide range of these materials that are on the market today. Students will begin the week learning to use the industrial sewing machines we’ll have on hand for this course, followed by an introduction to all the various fabrics and foams available to the canvasworker. We’ll then look at the other tools of the trade, and learn how to install grommets, zippers, and other fastenings. The course will cover how to make various styles of boat cushions ranging from simple cockpit cushions to beveled V-berth cushions, and as time permits, students will learn to make other useful canvas projects, such as covers, bags, tool rolls, etc. Everyone will discover the step-by-step procedures in designing a project, choosing materials, and proper cutting and assembling to produce quality work that you will take pride in. Most canvaswork projects involve simple sewing techniques that are easy to master with plenty of practice, even if you’ve never done any sewing before. Students are welcome to bring their own projects to work on during class but must discuss their ideas with Ann prior to this week. There is much satisfaction to be achieved from producing your own canvaswork, not to mention the financial savings involved. After this week in the loft with Ann, you’ll head home with confidence, a new awareness in working with fabrics, a completed project or two, and a seabag full of new skills.

Realizing that the diesel engine powers the world, we are offering this course to provide you an in-depth view of the small marine diesel engine. Despite their apparent complexity, diesels are quite simple machines that can be given an almost indefinite lifespan by painless preventive maintenance techniques and proper operation. Jon Bardo has had over 30 years of experience troubleshooting and rebuilding diesel engines from 16 hp to 2,400 hp, and has tailored a course that will meet the immediate needs of each student and his/her own engine. During the week, students will be presented with a wide array of handson demonstrations and lectures designed to cover the care and repair of the small marine engine. Fuel systems, cooling systems, lubricating systems, electrical systems, exhaust and intake systems, and more will all be explored and thoroughly explained in layman’s terms. Mechanical problems are almost always the result of some human weakness or deficiency, and Jon will create a “survival guide” for owners of diesel-powered watercraft to properly maintain their own power plants and extend the lives of the engines. You’ll get plenty of grease under your fingernails in this course as your instructor details correct operation of your engine from start-up to shutdown. Students will have a great chance to find out what to look for in troubleshooting common problems, and which repairs you can do yourself and which should be done by a professional mechanic. And if you should need repairs, Jon will teach you how to find and deal with a mechanic, and how to tell if you’re being taken care of or being taken for a ride. If you are one of the many boat owners who are interested in improving your understanding and ability and gaining confidence in dealing with your motor, then come join Jon Bardo for a fascinating look at the marine diesel.

Tuition: $750

Tuition: $750

Materials: $47.48 Note: This course takes place at the Center Harbor Sail Loft in Brooklin. Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday evening.

Note: A copy of Peter Compton’s book Troubleshooting Marine Diesels will be provided to each student at the start of the course. Note: These are five-day courses ending Friday evening.

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2014 Related Crafts Marine Photography

Techniques and tips for getting that perfect digital shot on and around the water. Jon Strout and Jane Peterson — September 7–13 Photographing on, in, or around the ocean is very challenging. The coast of Maine is certainly no exception. Lighting conditions are constantly changing, offering unique opportunities for the most experienced photographer. How to make the most of these opportunities is the test every photographer faces. As we’ve seen, digital cameras have changed the world of photography overnight. Well-known photographer Jon Strout and his able assistant Jane Peterson come to our campus to offer this unique photography course. MARINE PHOTOGRAPHY will be an introduction to camera technique, the chemistry of light, and capturing first-class images. During the week, Jon will conduct daily sessions in shooting with available light. By using proper exposures and correct shutter speeds, you will learn the techniques needed to capture a multitude of conditions. Students will use their own digital cameras, whether point-and-shoot models or SLR. With the convenience of digital photography, the instructors will critique students’ work daily. Each morning each class will meet in our Boathouse to review the previous day’s work and prepare to cover new ground. But the real essence of this course will be taking pictures with your instructors and on your own. The WoodenBoat School waterfront and boatbuilding shops, the many harbors and local boatyards, the town of Brooklin,

and nearby Acadia National Park will provide a wealth of photogenic material. MARINE PHOTOGRAPHY has been scheduled to coincide with the annual Windjammer Sail-In here at WoodenBoat – an exciting gathering of traditional schooners guaranteed to take your breath away. The challenge and pleasure of this week will be to capture it all on film!

Tuition: $750 Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday evening.


Each year we traditionally mark the opening of our summer season with two weeks in the spring in which a number of our alumni come to Brooklin to help us open our doors. Alumni give us a week or two of their time and talent, and we return the favor with a week’s room and board, plenty of appreciation, and a few surprises thrown in to boot. There’s plenty to do on our waterfront, in our shops, and at our dorms. It is also a wonderful week of camaraderie with folks getting back together in this beautiful setting to relax, talk boats, and share stories. Call after January 3rd if you’d like to be added to the lottery list. We’ll pull names in March for these two popular weeks.


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2014 Off-Site Courses Annapolis Wherry

Can’t make it to Brooklin, Maine? We’re very excited to be working with John Harris and the good folks at Chesapeake Light Craft in Annapolis, Maryland, and, once again, to be able to offer courses at their excellent facility. Tuition for each of these courses is $800 (partner $400)

Chesapeake Light Craft Shop

Northeaster Dory

Annapolis, Maryland

March 24-29 Build Your Own Annapolis Wherry

With Geoff Kerr Materials: $1429

April 7-12 Build Your Own Northeaster Dory

Sassafras Canoe

With David Fawley Materials: Row – $1480; Sail (Lug) – $2579; Sail (Sloop) – $2679

April 14-19 Build Your Own Sassafras Canoe

With Bill Cave Materials: 12' – $1029; 16' – $1180

Shearwater 17'

May 5-10 Build Your Own Stitch-And-Glue Kayak

With Eric Schade Materials: Shearwater Sport – $1179; 16' – $1179; 17' – $1179 Wood Duck 10' – $1079; 12' – $1079; 14' – $1129; Double – $1179

Shearwater Sport Kayak

September 15-20 Build Your Own Annapolis Wherry

With Geoff Kerr Materials: $1429

Wood Duck Kayak

September 22-27 Build Your Own Skerry Daysailer

With David Fawley Materials: Row – $1429; Sail (Sprit) – $2479; Sail (Sloop) – $2728

October 13-18 Build Your Own Petrel/Petrel Play

With Nick Schade Materials: Petrel – $1380; Petrel Play – $1329

Skerry Daysailer

October 20-25 Build Your Own Northeaster Dory

With David Fawley Materials: Row – $1480; Sail (Lug) – $2579; Sail (Sloop) – $2679

Petrel & Petrel Play

Celebrating 34 Years of WoodenBoat School


2014 Family Week Join Us At Woodenboat School For Family Week! August 3 – 9, 2014 More and more families these days want to add a learning component to their vacations. We are excited to offer this special opportunity for you to share a unique experience with your children and/or grandchildren. All the courses are fun, educational, and great family projects. And your family will have memories for a lifetime. Contact us for details.

Choose Among The Following:

Build Your Own Jimmy Skiff With David Fawley

The Jimmy Skiff is a handsome, easily driven rowing skiff that glides effortlessly with each stroke without dragging its transom. It’s the perfect boat to spend an afternoon fishing or just to enjoy an afternoon on the water. Light enough to be cartopped at less than 100 lbs., there’s still enough room and capacity for three adults or a family of four! Built of marine plywood and epoxy, the Jimmy Skiff is a great family boatbuilding project.

Tuition: $600 (partner $300) Materials: Row – $1423.20; Sail – $2477.14 Note: This is a six-day course ending Saturday afternoon.

Build Your Own Chuckanut Kayak With Dave Gentry

The Chuckanut series of kayak designs created by designer/boatbuilder Dave Gentry are recreational-style boats, stable and comfortable, yet very maneuverable, fast, and fun! They’re beautiful, skin-on-frame boats that can be easily built in a week without messing with epoxy. Families will have the choice of building a 12’ or 15’ kayak and learn some boatbuilding skills to boot! No special skill or prior experience is necessary; just bring your desire to try something new and exciting.

Tuition: $600 (partner $300) Materials: 12’ - $474.75, 15’ - $527.50 Note: This is a six-day course ending Saturday afternoon.


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Family Week 2014 Build Your Own Dragonflyer Daysailer With John Brooks

Designer and boatbuilder John Brooks created the 10’ DragonFlyer as the ideal boat for all ages to have fun building and then sail. Starting with pre-cut marine plywood parts, families will assemble the interlocking framework then attach her bottom, pre-beveled planks, decks, cockpit sole, and other parts with minimal use of epoxy. No prior experience is required.

Tuition: $600 (partner $300) Materials: 2069.91 (Sails not included—contact to order.) Note: This is a six-day course ending Saturday afternoon.

Learn To Sail

With Jane Ahlfeld and Gretchen Snyder Introduce your family to a sport they can enjoy for the rest of their lives! Under the calm and knowing guidance of Jane and Annie, students will quickly learn that sailing is safe, fun, and builds self-reliance, encourages respect for the environment, and offers numerous rewards that come from being challenged out on the water. Your classroom for the week will be our safe and exciting fleet of Nutshell prams, Shellback dinghies, and Haven 12½s. This will be an awesome five days on the water!

Tuition: $550 Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday evening.

Craft Of Sail

On board our 28’ Friendship sloop BELFORD GRAY With David Bill Come share Capt. Dave Bill’s enthusiasm for getting out on the water under sail. This will be a great opportunity for all particiants to become familiar with a mid-size cruising vessel and learn and improve their skills on the water. Each day there will be plenty of lessons in basic navigation, helmsmanship, knots, planning a trip, and lots more. And there will be plenty of sailing! This course is limited to four participants. The family mix will be one parent and one child from each of two unrelated families. Some sailing experience and familiarity with small rowboats is desirable.

Tuition: $550 Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday evening. FAMILY WEEK courses are designed for families with school-aged children between 9 and 15. Adults and children must participate in the same course. NOTE: Room & Board is half price for children this week.

Celebrating 34 Years of WoodenBoat School


2014 Faculty After graduating from the Marine Science Department at Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute in 1972, JON BARDO was employed on the schooner yacht AMERICA as an engineer. Having survived 14 months of bluewater cruising, Jon came ashore and spent the next seven years repairing diesel engines in everything from commercial fishing vessels to logging equipment. Eventually drawn back to the sea, Jon worked on commercial tugboats for four years and then started his own business working on diesel engines, which he enjoys to this day.

The sailing bug caught JANE AHLFELD while vacationing on one of the Maine windjammer schooners. She decided to take a leave from elementary school teaching…and has yet to return. She shipped out on the MARY HARRIGAN, a 50' schooner, as mate to teach Cruising Boat Seamanship for WoodenBoat School in the Caribbean and Maine. In ’93 and ’94 she taught a course in Small Boat Sailing on the local boats of Bequia. Since 1989 she has returned to Brooklin each summer to teach and work on our waterfront. When not on boats, Jane is a computer consultant. She has a masters in Education and holds a U.S. Coast Guard License. Students often comment on Jane’s patience, knowledge, sense of humor, and attention to both the group and individual needs. She teaches the skills and gives all the support needed to gain confidence on the water.

WALTER ANSEL grew up in a boatbuilding and sailing family from Mystic, Connecticut. He has made his livelihood either on or around wooden boats for the last 35 years. Other than a brief stint as a managing instructor at the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport, Rhode Island, Walt has worked as a shipwright and project leader at Mystic Seaport for the past 10 years, where he is now Senior Shipwright. Notable projects include the Eastern-rigged dragger ROANN, the sandbagger ANNIE, the steamship SABINO, the schooner AMISTAD, a Beetle whaleboat, and Banks dories. During sailing season, Walt’s patient wife Carol ignores piles of books all over the house and an unattended lawn while he is off on his beloved Billy Atkin cutter WINDROSE. Walt and Carol have two kids in college with artistic leanings, following the family non-profit heritage.

“I could not have been happier with my experience with your program at Chesapeake Light Craft and have recommended it to several people. I’d love to take another class with my son, this time at your Maine campus. Thanks for everything.” P.B., Kansas City, Missouri


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WARREN BARKER built his first boat, a Culler skiff, in 1976 after earning his B.A. at Williams College. He then studied at Hoosuck Design and Woodworking School before joining Murray Peterson Associates in Maine, where he helped to build a number of prams and spars, as well as the 42' ketch NIA. For the next four years he worked as a project foreman at Eric Goetz Custom Sailboat Company, mostly building high-tech, one-off, cold-molded racing boats. Along the way, Warren has built or rebuilt a variety of small craft on his own. A two-and-a-half-year stint restoring the yawl COTTON BLOSSOM ended with his first commission in his new shop, a Haven 12½'. A Bridges Point 24 kept the doors open, followed by CURLEW, a reproduction of the Herreshoff Alerion. Immersed in the Herreshoff technique, he used their methods to produce a 26' gig for Portsmouth Abbey School and a Columbia dinghy. Having completed the 30'6" William Garden–designed “Camilla” and the Herreshoff 12½' “Crow Dancer” in his Westport, Massachusetts, shop, he took the position of senior instructor at IYRS mentoring the construction of Herreshoff designs from 12' to 35' and a smattering of other designers’ work. Trying to stay ahead of the students, he is learning the ins and outs of GarWood and Chris-Craft boats. DAVID BILL sailed aboard Lasers, Lightnings, and Atlantic Class sailboats during his boyhood years on Long Island Sound. In 1981, Dave left Southeastern Connecticut and went to sea as a third assistant engineer aboard freight ships, tank ships, and container ships. In1987

Faculty 2014 he earned his USCG 50-ton Master auxiliary sail license and continued his seafaring career on sailing charter yachts in the Caribbean and New England waters. Dave signed aboard Tabor Academy’s nautical science program in 1989 and has served in the last 22 years in the roles of waterfront director, mate on SSV TABOR BOY, chairman and instructor in the Nautical Science department, dorm parent, and sailing instructor. In 1996 Dave returned to the University of Rhode Island to complete his Masters of Marine Affairs degree. His greatest joy is messing around in boats with people of all ages, including his daughter Tayler Bill. You can read Dave’s nautical reflections and sea stories in his blog www. ERIC BLAKE was born into a long line of dairy farmers and wood cutters in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. He started building canoes in his father’s shop as soon as he was old enough to run the tablesaw.

After graduating from high school he enrolled in the two-year small-boat design program at The Landing School in Kennebunk, Maine. Upon completing this program Eric headed overseas and spent a year at the International Boatbuilding School in England studying for their City and Guilds exam in traditional yacht construction. Boats and the many people in the marine industry he has met have led Eric to jobs at numerous boatyards, many of them pioneers in wood composite construction. He and his wife Molly came to Brooklin in 2004 to take a job at Brooklin Boat Yard. He valiantly tries to spend as much of his free time out on the water. When he’s not sailing, he can usually be found chasing their son, Cy, around the garden at their home in Blue Hill. ANN BRAYTON has lived here in Brooklin for years raising kids, animals, and vegetable gardens, as well as guiding kayak trips for a local lodge. At a young age she realized the rewards of making useful things with her own hands, and after several years working in a local sail loft over 20 years ago, she began her own canvas business in her barn, allowing her to work more easily around her family’s schedule. Initially, Ann focused mostly on yacht interiors (cushions and curtains) for boats being built or

rebuilt by local boatyards or individual boat owners, but has since expanded into doing a wide range of exterior canvas projects as well. At 15, JOHN BROOKS joined his grandparents and other family members on a two-year sailing trip from the Pacific Northwest to South Africa. In college he studied engineering and journalism, then he went to work building boats, took a boat design course, and built a Chesapeake Bay skipjack for himself. In the 1980s, John moved to Maine with boat in tow, and worked for a number of Mount Desert Island boatyards plus a keyboard maker, a cabinetmaker, and a custom furniture builder; he also designed and built his first glued-lapstrake boat, a 15’ fast pulling boat. In 1992 he and his wife, Ruth Ann Hill, started their own business designing and building gluedlapstrake boats, and together they wrote How to Build Glued-Lapstrake Wooden Boats, published by WoodenBoat Books in 2004. After moving to Brooklin in 2003, John continued designing boats and developing plans while also taking advantage of an opportunity to work at Doug Hylan’s shop and Brooklin Boat Yard as a master carpenter. Since 2009, he and Ruth have worked together as Brooks

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2014 Faculty boatbuilder, Bill has built dozens of boats of all sizes and taught many boatbuilding classes on his own. He lives in Bryantown, Maryland and when not building boats for a living, he builds them as a hobby.

Boats Designs full-time, developing plans and kits for boats they built on MDI and for new designs. They live in Brooklin with their four children, a flock of chickens, and assorted boats. John has taught classes at WoodenBoat School for over 20 years. HARRY BRYAN built his first boat at age 10, his first boat that floated at age 12, and his first boat with almost no leaks at age 15. After successfully resisting attempts to be formally educated at the University of Vermont, he worked on fishing boats at Fairhaven Marine in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, and on yachts at Concordia Company in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts, before moving to New Brunswick, Canada, in 1972. Since that time he has repaired commercial craft and built dories, skiffs, and sailboats form 7' to 36'. His shop, which relies on a small diesel engine and solar panels for its power, emphasizes a growing commitment to pedal power and hand tools (see WoodenBoat No. 132). Ever since GEOFF BURKE went on his first canoe trip in the Adirondack Mountains in second grade, canoes and small boats have been an important part of his life. In the early 1970s a love of the wilderness took him to Alaska where a job with summers off let him take a series of canoe trips


varying in length from 200 to 1,000 miles. He came to realize that small boats could be capable of more than puddin’ around the pond—they could make voyages of epic length. Upon returning to New England long on watercraft skills but short on marketable ones, a chance encounter with an article in WoodenBoat magazine written by Robert Baker changed his life. Baker’s piece was on building PICCOLO, a 13' lapstrake sailing canoe.Geoff’s many seemingly disparate skills suddenly became a good foundation to becoming a boatbuilder. He attended courses taught by Walt Simmons and John Gardner. Henry Rushton and Pete Culler became the focus of much research. Today, Geoff owns a very successful business building traditional wooden small craft, and enjoys teaching boatbuilding classes at WoodenBoat School and Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. BILL CAVE spent 28 years as a firefighter in Washington, D.C. An avid sailor and small boat enthusiast, he’s also worked as a mate on a schooner. Bill built his first boat in a WoodenBoat School class. The Chesapeake Light Craft staff recognized his talent and hired him, along with his son, Matt, for good measure. As Chesapeake Light Craft’s primary staff

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Clint Chase is a former geologist, science teacher, meteorologist, and now small boat designer and builder based in Southern Maine. After a stint in college and high school teaching, he fused his education background with boatbuilding when he became Head Boatbuilder for the Compass Project in Portland, Maine. During that tenure he supervised and built over 100 small boats with kids and adults, witnessing every conceivable mistake a fledging boatbuilder could impart on their boat. (His favorite mantra is “always make new mistakes”). Then, at the start of the 2008 economic slump, he did what any sane person would do: started his own boatbuilding and boat kit business! Currently, Clint teaches Boatbuilding full time at The Landing School where he was once a student. On the side, he maintains a catalog of a dozen small boat plans and kits and continues to make specialty oars, hollow-birdsmouth masts/spars, and new kits for his dream fleet of sail-and-oar boats. Clint currently lives in Biddeford, Maine and gets himself and his family onto the water whenever possible. GERALD (Jerry) CUMBO has been a woodworker for more than 35 years. He began his career as an apprentice under Thomas Stender, a fine cabinet maker. Jerry moved into home restoration, specializing in Victorian homes. Boatbuilding eventually became a passion, and he spent five years in Puerto Rico restoring a William Hand motorsailer. After buying a Bud McIntosh sailboat in need of some loving care, Jerry moved to Maine to devote his time to boatbuilding and constructing his own home in Blue Hill. In 1995 he became the Shop Manager at WoodenBoat School and held this position for 11 years. Following his retirement, Jerry became interested in bird carving and for the last four years has been studying at the Wendell Gilley Museum in Southwest Harbor, Maine. Jerry carves realistic detailed and painted birds, decorative

Faculty 2014 decoy style, and shallow reliefs. He has exhibited his bird carvings in numerous local and international bird carving shows and has them for sale in many local galleries. When he’s not busy carving, he spends time maintaining his gardens at home and feeding the birds. THAD DANIELSON felt a strong attraction to the ocean and boats at the age of nine on a liner voyage to East Africa with his family in 1954, reinforced over the next four years by having the Dar es Salaam waterfront as his playground. After high school in Rhode Island followed by college and graduate school, Thad got into sailing. Some years later, a chance look at one of the first sets of plans sold by WoodenBoat turned his interest from general woodworking and house building to wooden boats. He moved to Marblehead, Massachusetts, set up Redd’s Pond Boatworks, and was soon busy building and restoring a wide variety of traditional wooden boats. He recently retired from the shop but is still building boats. Thad is the North American Secretary of the Albert Strange Association. ARCH DAVIS grew up with boats in his family, in New Zealand during the 1950s. His first boatbuilding job was with Jim Young, starting in 1964, where he learned the basics of cold-molded construction, in addition to working in the design office. Arch’s passion was cruising on the northeast coast of New Zealand’s North Island in a variety of wooden boats. He moved to Maine in 1988 where he continued to work as a boatbuilder in local yards. He also started to design small boats for the backyard boatbuilder. With the success of his Penobscot 14 design, Arch was able to work full-time on design and producing kits. Since then, he has assembled a small collection of boat designs, documenting the process of building several of them on video. Remembering well his own fumblings during his early career, Arch goes to great lengths to make his plans as clear and detailed as possible, in addition to making himself available for advice to builders of all his designs. Nothing gives him more satisfaction than to hear from a builder who may have started out feeling a bit intimidated by the arena of boatbuilding terms

Greenland-Style Kayak

and techniques, but who has graduated as the proud owner of a beautiful boat he or she has built. Arch lives in Belfast, Maine, with his wife, Amy and their daughter, Grace, a keen sailor, who is putting many hours into the building of their own 30’ cruising sloop, GRACE EILEEN. ERIC DOW was brought up a Maine fisherman, but pursued boatbuilding “as a means of being able to sleep later in the morning.” He graduated from the marine department at Washington County Vocational Technical Institute, and for over 38 years he has been building boats in Brooklin, Maine. He built many of the WoodenBoat half models for display, has been intimately involved with the development of the Nutshell Pram kits, and, these days specializes in the construction of the Haven 12½. A summer job on a salmon boat in Alaska is where DAVID FAWLEY first fell in love with boats and the sea. Working as a storyteller in the San Francisco Bay area then led him to a stint on a tall ship, which sealed his fate. As the next logical step in a growing obsession, David attended The Landing School of Boatbuilding and Design in Kennebunk, Maine. As a newly minted prof essional

boatbuilder, he built mahogany runabout replicas for Stone Boat Yard in Alameda, California, before moving East to work at Cutts and Case, Inc. in Oxford, Maryland. Now marrying his love of boatbuilding with extensive kayaking experience, David is the production manager at Chesapeake Light Craft in Annapolis, Maryland. From racing sailboats on Long Island Sound as a teenager to racing and cruising various sailboats over the past 40 years, AL FLETCHER has always been on or around boats. During the winter he enjoys retirement, racing dinghies and sailing his Sea Pearl and Caledonia yawl in Florida, and in the summer ROZINANTE on the coast of Maine. For many years, Al enjoyed managing, working, and teaching on WoodenBoat’s waterfront. QUEENE HOOPER FOSTER taught herself how to sail by reading books and studying the photographs of Morris and Stanley Rosenfeld. Right out of college she purchased a boat and learned to sail the hard way. She continued her education by sailing annually to Maine from the Chesapeake Bay, participating in the early classic yacht events in Newport, Rhode Island and in Maine. She has sailed

“Jerry Cumbo was excellent, patient, professional, talented, and very generous with both his knowledge and his time. The week here was a wonderful experience.” D.H., Murraysville, Pennsylvania

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2014 Faculty Guard Master’s license and an assortment of U.S. sailing and ASA instructor qualifications. He now teaches sailing year round and keeps a cruising catboat back on the Chesapeake Bay.

in numerous Newport to Bermuda Races, always in classic wooden boats, and was the first woman to skipper her own boat in the that famous ocean race. Sailing for the New York Yacht Club in her Aage Nielsen Ketch SAPHAEDRA, Queene sailed across the Atlantic to Cowes, England and was the only woman skipper to race in the America’s Cup Jubilee. She and her international crew received a Third Place Trophy from Princess Anne for the week of competition. Her career has been in publishing in New York City, specializing in marine titles, including Chapman’s Guide to Boating Etiquette, a detailed guide to boating traditions. Queene is an experienced sailing instructor and these days enjoys being out under sail on her Concordia yawl MISTY. JEREMY GAGE grew up in Vermont, learning to sail boats on Lake Champlain. When he was in high school, Jeremy’s parents decided to sell everything, bought a 44’ sailboat, and moved the family on board. Over the next two years, they explored the Atlantic Ocean, making their way through the Caribbean, across to Europe, and, eventually, back to the Bahamas. Returning to the States, the family sold their boat and Jeremy moved on to art school at Alfred University in New York. His focus was on


painting and graphic design, but he gradually found himself intrigued with woodworking. By the time he graduated, he began to think seriously about combining his interest in woodworking with his love of boats. He enrolled in The Landing School of Boatbuilding and Design in Kennebunkport, Maine, and after completing their cruising boats program, was hired by French and Webb in Belfast, Maine. Over the past 12 years at French and Webb, Jeremy has built numerous cold-molded and traditional plank-on-frame sailboats, and has been involved in the complete restorations of several classic wooden boats. MARTIN GARDNER, born on the Chesapeake Bay, and with two grandfathers who were professional seamen, should have had a life in boats. It started well enough, with numerous fishing trips out on the bay and various model boats. Then something went wrong, and for a few decades, Martin pursued a career that included more time in airports than in anchorages. In the 1980s he came to his senses and began sailing seriously, eventually leaving his day job to cruise for four years aboard a 28' Lyle Hess cutter. He has sailed over 25,000 miles on a variety of bluewater boats. He holds a U.S. Coast

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DAVE GENTRY has been dreaming about boats since his parents were posting his nautical drawings on the refrigerator door. In the late 1980’s Dave built his first boat without any plans and with only a hazy idea of what was required and then taught himself to sail in it. He’s been hooked on boatbuilding and sailing ever since. While in grad school at the University of North Texas, he coached the university sailing team and also raced on his own, winning both state and national one-design regattas. Since then, he’s embraced whitewater and sea kayaking, surfing, rowing and cruising, even living aboard his own boat while cruising the waters of the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia. In 2006, Dave opened his own boatbuilding shop and started building and designing skin-on-frame kayaks, canoes and unique conversions of historic boats. Using non-traditional SOF construction, Dave has proven that many different types of boats - not just kayaks - can be built lighter, more easily, and more affordably than with any other method. Dave currently lives in New Market, Virginia. JOHN C. HARRIS owns Chesapeake Light Craft, the Annapolis-based purveyor of wooden boat kits and plans. His long tenure at CLC was preceded by a passion for boatbuilding and small craft that stretches back to earliest childhood. His first successful design was launched at age 14. More paddling, rowing, and sailing craft followed quickly, though he paused to get a degree in music—his second passion. After college he was determined to make a career as a boatbuilder and designer in the esoteric world of wooden boats. Eighteen years later, he’s shipped 24,000 boat kits and seen his designs built in more than 70 countries. His work as a designer and builder ranges from dinghies to large multihulls and from kayaks to powerboats. He lives on the shores of

Faculty 2014 REED HAYDEN was introduced to boats at the age of 12 when he got his first summer job on the Hyannis, Massachusetts, waterfront. He earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from the University of Massachusetts and settled in the seaside town of Sandwich where he was a leading woodcarver. In 2000 Reed started his own successful sign carving business while he was working part-time at Ballentine’s Boat Shop in Cataumet. It was at this boatyard where he became interested in boatbuilding. In 2003 he and his family headed up to Maine where he joined the crew at The Hinckley Company. These days Reed keeps busy working as a carpenter at Brooklin Boat Yard and doing custom commercial and residential signwork at his own shop in Surry.

Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis with his wife, daughter, and an always-changing fleet of curious small boats. HAVILAH HAWKINS, a second-generation captain, was raised in the windjammer business on the schooners STEPHEN TABER, ALICE WENTWORTH, and MARY DAY, which was designed by his father, Capt. Havilah Hawkins, Sr. Havilah, also a fourth-generation boatbuilder on his mother’s side, designed and built his 50’ gaff-headed sloop VELA, with help from the Wooden Boat Co. in Rockport, Maine. He has been running a day-sailing business out of Martha’s Vineyard for the past 11 years. He presently runs, in conjunction with Windward Passage, a program dedicated to giving kids a chance to experience the Maine coast under sail. Havilah has had a 100-ton auxiliary sail license for carrying passengers for 30 years.

AMY HOSA is an illustrator and graphic designer who hails from San Francisco. The maritime world of boats and waterscapes began appearing in Amy’s artwork back in the early ’90s, when she volunteered to do preservation work in the Small Boat Shop on San Francisco’s historic Hyde Street Pier and became a regular on their annual rowing and sailing expeditions into the sloughs and rivers of The Delta. She is currently an exhibit designer at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, and shows her watercolors at local galleries; JOHN KARBOTT spent most of his childhood along the beaches and waterfront of Plymouth, Massachusetts, watching

commercial lobsterboats and occasionally catching a ride on one. He dreamt that someday he would have his own. During high school he purchased an old wooden skiff and a few traps, and joined the crowd. While in school, he lobstered and raked sea moss during the summer season and worked odd jobs throughout the winter. He graduated from Boston’s Wentworth Institute with an Associate Degree in Architectural Engineering, but boats and the water were his first loves. John spent the next 30 or so years, lobstering commercially in the Plymouth/Cape Cod area. After owning and maintaining wooden boats all his life, he decided to pursue that career full time and sold his successful lobstering business. John now keeps busy building boat and doing boat repairs in southeastern Massachusetts, mostly of the lobsterboat style/design. MARK KAUFMAN has been fascinated with boats and boatbuilding since his childhood days of growing up boating with his family on Pennsylvania’s Allegheny River. As a teenager, he built his firsts boats, a wood-and-canvas Trailcraft canoe and a Minimost hydroplane. Later, he acquired a passion for flying and homebuilt-aircraft, and built a two-seat, high performance composite aircraft. After college, Mark became interested in aircraft restoration and restored an award-winning “tube and fabric” 1948 Piper Vagabond aircraft. He holds instrument, commercial, and flight instructor ratings. During the last ten years he has become an avid bicyclist and kayaker, and builds his own custom fillet-brazed bicycle frames and skinon-frame kayaks. Mark also has a passion for randonneuring (timed, long distance endurance cycling). Mark is a technology educator at Garden Spot High School

“It was a real pleasure to work with your entire staff who were always available for assistance or advice. It was an interesting and exciting two weeks.” J.B.M, Saint Muir, France

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2014 Faculty safety, navigation, and electronics and racing techniques. A member of the National Women’s Sailing Association, Susan instructs yearly seminars directed toward women. She is the author and illustrator of Sailing Safely and How to Get Home, a sailing book for beginners and intermediates. Holding a U.S. Coast Guard license, Susan enthusiastically shares her passion for sailing, teaching the skills needed for enjoyment and confidence on the water, and just messing around on boats with others.

in New Holland, Pennsylvania teaching beginner and advanced woodworking as well as computer-aided drafting. Many of his advanced woodworking students have built skin-on-frame canoes, stitchand-glue kayaks, wood strip canoes, and skin-on-frame Aleutian and Greenlandstyle kayaks in addition to their regular course work. He also teaches a number of adult education classes on skin-on-frame kayak construction. Mark always looks forward to the classes he teaches at the WoodenBoat School. GEOFF KERR does business as Two Daughters Boatworks in Westford, Vermont, on New England’s “west coast.” A boater since taking a Hurricane Island Outward Bound School course at age16, and later a Coast Guard officer, Geoff learned the trade at the Alexandria Seaport Foundation with Joe Youcha. He served as shop foreman and instructor in that dynamic environment. In his oneman, full-service Vermont shop, Geoff does small-craft repairs and restorations, as well as new construction, specializing in Iain Oughtred’s Caledonia Yawl. He has been affiliated with Chesapeake Light Craft since the company’s infancy, and is a licensed builder of their many designs, as well as an authorized and experienced instructor.

since 1998. In addition, to being a USCG licensed master, Barry has an M.S. in Experiential education and is a Wilderness EMT. “I love seeing the strong teamwork and sense of self that can be gained by the endless variety of skills that make up the world of traditional sailing vessels.” A passionate sailor, SUSAN LaVOIE has extensive cruising experience in coastal as well as offshore waters, in addition to many years of dinghy and one-design racing. As past Commodore of the Blue Water Sailing Club in Boston, Massachusetts, she was responsible for organizing cruise activities, developing seminars based on

BARRY KING has been sailing all his life. Along with his wife Jennifer Martin and their children, this family has been sharing their schooner MARY DAY with guests


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ROBIN LINCOLN grew up sailing on Cape Cod. She says the greatest gift her family ever gave her was exposure to water and boats at an early age. Sailing has been a constant thread throughout her life. Racing as a young girl in wooden Mercurys, Beetle Cats, Lightnings, and Wianno Seniors, she won many championships. Robin also taught sailing seminars, organized races, and helped establish summer sailing programs for children and adults at yacht clubs and summer camps. She sailed to Europe aboard the schooner WESTWARD and cruised the west coasts of the U.S., Mexico, and Central America aboard a 38-foot cutter. Over the years, Robin’s sailing experiences have taken her up and down both coasts of the U.S. from Canada to Florida, Mexico, and the Carribean. She was a partner in a sail loft in Costa Rica for four years, where she had the opportunity to examine

Faculty 2014 North Carolina coast. A descendant of the well-known New England boatbuilding Lowell family, Gary couldn’t ignore his heritage any longer. In 1993, Gary left television to open his own boatbuilding shop. Starting in his backyard, the business has since grown to one of the largest wooden boatbuilding shops in the country. Lowell Boats Inc. is an award-winning boatshop specializing in classic runabout restoration. To supplement his painting and varnishing course at WoodenBoat School, Gary has produced a high-quality DVD on Finishing Techniques for Wooden Boats. Gary often takes summers off to travel back to Maine with his family and enjoys sailing the coastal waters.

sails and rigging while sailing on different boats from all over the world. For over 20 years she owned and operated Center Harbor Sails in Brooklin, Maine. Robin’s life both in the loft and on the water gives her an intimate and well-rounded knowledge of boats and sailing. She has enjoyed teaching at the WoodenBoat School for almost every year since its inception. She continues to spend every spare minute she can sailing the beautiful coast of Maine. GARY LOWELL was born and raised in a small town in Maine. After living in Wisconsin for six years, he moved with his first wooden boat to Greensboro, North Carolina. While studying broadcasting in college, Gary worked at the local TV station as a director and lighting director. While the job paid the bills, boatbuilding fed his soul. He began rescuing and repairing old, classic sailboats and sailing them along the

Landlocked in the Midwest, THOM McLAUGHLIN grew up working on farms and having the cycles of nature deeply rooted under his skin. After finishing a graduate degree in visual arts (sculpture), he found himself surrounded by water as an art professor at the University of South Florida. In 1993, while searching for an art form that could more directly inspire an awe of nature, he stumbled onto pond yachts. Since then he has written articles on, investigated the history of, and made many vintage pond yachts. He is currently the Southeast regional vice-president of the Vintage Model Yacht Group. In the last seven Vintage Marblehead National Regattas boats of Thom’s design, and their construction initiated in courses at WoodenBoat School, had third or better placing in final standings. In the 2011 National Regatta he placed First Overall in class and also received the Craftsmanship Award.

ERICA MOODY was born in landlocked upstate New York and schooled in western Massachusetts, but finally made it to the coast in 1991 for a summer working on Martha’s Vineyard. Since then she has not been far from the sea. Upon moving to Boston in 1992, she was fortunate to sail on a friend’s 1940s Alden sloop for a few years, getting to know the Massachusetts coast first from the sea rather than from the road. Her passion for sailing and the beautiful craftsmanship and design of the wooden sailboat inspired her to find a career in the building trades. She found an apprenticeship with a custom metalworker in Boston, and has now been working professionally as a metal craftsman in and around Boston for 19 years, the last 12 running her business Magma Metalworks, Inc., in Beverly, Massachusetts. She also teaches part-time at Wentworth Institute of Technology and Massachusetts College of Art & Design in Boston. She and her husband Paul are both captains, occasionally chartering their liveaboard ketch in Boston Harbor, with their pup Stella. A longtime interest in woodworking led MIKE MOROS to open his own successful cabinet shop not far from where he grew up in Pine Brook, New Jersey. Over time, he found himself attracted to wooden boats and this eventually brought Mike to WoodenBoat School as a student in 2001. After a few courses in successive years and joining in on Alumni Work Weeks, the boat bug bit hard and Mike signed on as the school’s Assistant Shop Manager in 2006. In ’08 Mike took over the reins as Shop Manager. During the off-season Mike has worked on the carpentry crew at Brooklin Boat Yard. In 2009 Mike opened his own business, Michael Moros Woodworking, providing wooden boat work, custom woodworking and general contracting.

“It was a great pleasure to meet Greg Rössel and work/learn under his supervision. Thank you very much for a wonderful two weeks. Job well done!” S.K., Vladivostok, Russia

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2014 Faculty Senior Editor here at WoodenBoat for more than 20 years. Now in semi-retirement, he works as Boat Design Editor for the magazine. He also writes and publishes Boat Design Quarterly. Mike takes much of his waterborne pleasure aboard sea kayaks. He is a registered Maine Guide.

When not working, Mike enjoys being outdoors, especially boating and fishing. He recently completed a handsome GlennL Marine 16' center console skiff for himself and is now restoring a 1952 Chris Craft. ANNIE NIXON fell in love with the ocean and sailing right after college when she went to work for Thompson Island Outward Bound in Boston, Massachusetts. She learned to sail and teach aboard their traditional 30’ open rowing and sailing vessels. Annie then spent four years at the Chewonki Foundation in Wiscasset, Maine, leading 21-day sailing wilderness trips for high school and college-age students. On these expeditions Annie captained both a 26’ Crotch Island Pinky and a 28’ Mackinaw Lake design. She taught elements of seamanship, wilderness “leave no trace” ethics, and marine ecology as part of these expeditions. For five summers Annie worked

on two larger traditional vessels in Maine, the schooners MARY DAY and AMERICAN EAGLE. In 2006 and ’07 she was mate and educator for WoodenBoat School’s course on the MARY DAY. Annie currently holds a USCG 100-ton license. At the age of three, MIKE O’BRIEN first climbed aboard a skiff, and at seven he taught himself how to sail by reading instructions found in the family encyclopedia. As a college student he rowed in “eights” and went undefeated during three years of surfboat rowing competition along the New Jersey shore. After earning a degree in physics, Mike pursued graduate work in oceanography. Later, while serving as Chairman of Marine Sciences at a small college, he filled his vacations by designing and building boats in his one-man shop. Mike has been Associate Editor for Sailor and Technical Editor for Soundings. He was

“I have come from the school of hard knocks when it comes to sailing where if you made a mistake you were an idiot. This was just the opposite. A school of gentle instruction where mistakes were welcome. I learned so much in this environment and really appreciated the relaxed attitude and excellent instruction.” J.K., Santa Fe, New Mexico


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ANDY OLDMAN has had a passion for boats since age five. By seventh grade, he had read nearly every seagoing book in the school library and was soon preoccupied with building a working gaffrigged model remarkably like PATIENCE. Three memorable summers ensued near Castine, Maine, where teenagers sailed on a 45' schooner as far as Monhegan Island in the days of hand lead and compass. Andy discovered PATIENCE on a coffee break at a midwinter boat show; the child’s model had come alive. Andy and his family recently completed a wondrous, year-and-a-half voyage on their ketch that took them across the North Atlantic to France, down to South America, over to the Galápagos Islands, and many points in between. Meanwhile, Andy is dedicated to sharing the knowledge of wooden boats and sailing that he is so fortunate to have acquired from a beloved cadre of old-time sailors, friends, and adventurers. From an early age, JANE PETERSON has been interested in photography. After years of using 35mm film, she has gone digital SLR and has not looked back. Her interests are nature and macro photography, but she has been venturing into documentary work as well. Growing up in Maine, Jane has a strong affinity for the coast and a love of the soul of Maine and her people. Photography is a way of capturing moments of wonder for her. She has studied photography with Neal Parent, Rick Sammon, Jon Strout, and others. Her work has been exhibited locally as well as in WoodenBoat magazine. JERRY ROSE believes that great paintings are a product of love and respect for the subject. Drawn to coastal communities where people make their living from the sea and land, Jerry divides his painting time between coastal Maine

Faculty 2014 and the Bahamas. He paints on site, which strengthens his understanding of the landscapes and people in these locations. His paintings cover a variety of techniques, which are done in watercolor, oil, acrylic, and egg tempera. Jerry received his formal training in Fine Arts from Ohio University and Graphic Design from the University of Cincinnati, but his interest in realism came together 30 years ago when he felt it was important to paint a way of life that was quickly disappearing in the outlying islands of the Bahamas. That need created the search for methods of painting that would best describe the vanishing life before him and has helped him understand some of the old-world techniques to which he subscribes. Jerry is a member of the International Society of Marine Painters and a signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society. His work has been published in The Best of Watercolor by Rockport Publishers, Coast to Coast: The Contemporary Landscape in Florida, A Gallery of Maritime Art, Painting Light and Shadow, and numerous other art publications and magazines including Maritime Life and Traditions, published in Great Britain. He has received numerous awards and has had many one-man

gallery, museum, and private exhibitions. His work is in public and private collections in the U.S., Europe, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean. Jerry maintains a studio and home in Sedgwick, Maine, with extended trips to the Bahamas on his sailboat. www. GREG RÖSSEL grew up cruising on the waters of New York Harbor and spending time in the boat yards on the south shore of Staten Island where economics (more than anything else) made wooden boats the craft of choice. He makes his home in Maine where he specializes in the construction and repair of small wooden boats. Since graduating at the top of his class in boatbuilding technology from Washington County Vocational Technical Institute, Greg has had a multifaceted career. For several years, he was an assistance restorer for a major private collection of antique runabouts and airplanes. Then he spent another couple of years as an instructor and assistant director at Maine Maritime Museum’s Apprenticeshop program. All the while, he was building his own shop at home in Troy, Maine, and tackling a wide variety of small-boat construction and restoration projects. For over 25 years, Greg

has been able to work for himself full-time, aside from a few odd jobs like setting up a wooden Whitehall factory in Mexico, custom lines taking and documentation for museums and other customers, and writing over 200 articles for WoodenBoat, and other publications. He has also written and illustrated Building Small Boats, a book on carvel and traditional lapstrake boatbuilding, published by WoodenBoat Publications and The Boatbuilder’s Apprentice, which explores other styles of construction and techniques. Since 1987, Greg has been an instructor at WoodenBoat School in Brooklin, Maine, teaching lofting, skiff building and the “Fundamentals of Boatbuilding”. Also, for the past 21 years he has been producing a weekly two-hour radio program about world music (which mercifully) has nothing to do with boats. Captain JOEL ROWLAND has been sailing since 1994. First as a student on a Hurricane Island Outward Bound expedition aboard a 30' open Pulling Boat, and then as deckhand and mate to his uncle Mike Rowland, for two transatlantic voyages aboard the 40' sloop TAMMY NOIRE.

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2014 Faculty sailboats. In 2005 Eric started designing boats for Chesapeake Light Craft. These new boats include Shearwater, Wood Duck, and Shearwater Tandem, which have all proven quite popular. Eric has taught boatbuilding at a number of shops and has mentored the construction of nearly 200 boats. This experience, and the feedback he gets from supervising the construction of his designs, not only has improved his skills as a builder, but has honed his skills as a designer. Eric’s greatest area of expertise is the computer-generated engineering of complicated and precise plywood boat kits that, when cut by computer-controlled machinery, can be assembled by amateurs.

Joel has since returned to Outward Bound to instruct courses in Maine, Florida, and Puerto Rico. He is now the owner of TAMMY NOIRE, living aboard, sailing and chartering her from the island of North Haven in Penobscot Bay. Having learned as an adult from the most patient instructors and having taught sailing to many people of all ages and backgrounds, Joel is very comfortable sharing his knowledge and sailing skills, and enjoys helping others to find the beauty and simplicity in what can be a complex learning process. MICHAEL SAARI is a master metalsmith, having studied and taught in the U.S. and abroad for 40 years. His restoration and commission work can be seen in many major museums and public parks. Currently, Michael is part of the restoration team for the historic whaleship CHARLES MORGAN at Mystic Seaport, Connecticut,

where he is replacing and restoring metal ship parts in wrought iron, steel, copper, and bronze, as well as making whalecraft. An experienced sailor, Michael has competed in the Star class and has restored his own 1957 wooden Firefly. His home and studio are in Woodstock, Connecticut. Michael is an adjunct professor of art at Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts. ERIC SCHADE was trained as a mechanical engineer, and has practiced that profession for 20 years. In 1983 he built his first boat, a small strip-built canoe. Since then he has built more than 50 small boats, including kayaks, canoes, rowing boats, and small sailboats. In 1996 he founded Shearwater Boats to offer custom strip-built canoes and kayaks. Gradually Shearwater has developed to the point where it offers an extensive line of stitch-and-glue watercraft - kayaks, canoes, rowing boats, and

“I didn’t expect to fall in love with WoodenBoat School but did. Everything was awesome and provided a perfect way to find my inner self. My love of sailing grew as the week progressed. I really enjoyed meeting so many nice people from all over the globe! Your whole staff was so sweet and kind. I wish I could have stayed for more than a week but I’ll be back!” J.S., Yarmouth, Maine


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NICK SCHADE grew up around canoes and kayaks. After beginning a career as an electrical engineer for the U.S. Navy specializing in low-frequency electro-magnetics, he realized he wanted to get back on the water himself. Not able to afford the kind of boat he wanted, Nick decided to design and build a “stripbuilt” kayak. While this type of construction was popular with canoes, it was not commonly adapted for kayaks. Nick worked together with his brother to develop the process, and over the years has branched out and developed innovative kayak designs using the plywood stitch-and-glue method. As his skill as a kayak paddler and boatbuilder evolved, Nick’s designs evolved to match his changing aims. The driving goal has been to maximize on-the-water performance while respecting the natural materials used to create the boat. Out of these efforts, Nick has created Guillemot Kayaks, centered on designing high-performance sea kayaks for other craftsmen interested in building their own boats. He wrote The Strip-Built Sea Kayak, an instruction book describing the stripbuilt method, which has helped foster a revival in the construction of wooden kayaks. Nick’s shop is currently located in Glastonbury, Connecticut, where he builds prototypes of new designs and makes a select number of custom-built kayaks. He has taught kayak construction at Mystic Seaport and the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking. His work has been exhibited at the American Craft

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Museum, and one of his boats is in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. GENE SHAW moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1972 after receiving a Fine Arts degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Philadelphia College of Art. While at PAFA, he received numerous awards, prizes, and grants. In Lancaster, Gene combined his fine art/design training and his love of woodworking, a skill he learned from his father, to establish The Wooden Plane, a custom cabinetry and home restoration business. He and his wife Tanis built a new home in town, featured in Fine Homebuilding magazine in 2006. The Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County twice awarded him the C. Emlen Urban Award, for preservation leadership and new-home construction in an historic district. Since 2005 he has traveled to Brooklin,

Maine, to attend boatbuilding courses at WoodenBoat School. While here, Gene has made numerous sketches that are the basis for the woodcuts he creates upon his return to Lancaster. He has exhibited his work at the following Pennsylvania galleries: the Benjamin Mangel Gallery in Bala Cynwyd, the Gallery Doshi in Harrisburg, the Chestnut Gallery in Lancaster, the Lancaster County Day School, and the Lancaster Art Walk. He is also represented by The Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle, Maine. F. Jay Smith apprenticed to master builders in Norway and the Faroe Islands and has specialized in Nordic lapstrake construction for over 30 years (see WoodenBoat #234). Regular trips to Scandinavia over the years have enabled Jay to expand his research on Scandinavian-related boatbuilding techniques. At his Aspoya Boats yard in Anacortes, Washington, he keeps busy with new construction, repairs, and interior

refits. His main focus, however, is on traditional Scandinavian designs including prams, faerings, Folkboats, and, currently, a 56’ replica of a Viking ship. As a way of passing on the knowledge that was passed on to him, Jay teaches boatbuilding in his own shop, and has lectured at The Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle and taught at the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building in Port Hadlock, Washington. Despite an education and otherwise promising start in electronics manufacturing in Vermont, WADE SMITH couldn’t ignore the subversive call of the wooden boat in the back of his mind, and so left everything behind to study boatbuilding at the Apprenticeshop in Nobleboro, Maine. Rather than returning to the safety of a 9-to-5, Wade decided to follow his passion and continues to this day as a boatbuilder and boatbuilding instructor. Wade worked for Barry Thomas in the boatshop

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2014 Faculty has delivered boats up and down the East Coast, across the Atlantic, in the Mediterranean, and throughout the Caribbean islands where she spent three years in the charter business. Her enthusiasm for sailing and boats is not only confined to the sea, but has also led to her own land-based business. Gretchen has owned and operated “The Loft” in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, a sail loft specializing in gaff-rigged working sails, as well as the canvas needs of the entire boat. She sold The Loft in July 2005 and decided to cruise new horizons, the sea of educaton. She is now a licensed elementary school teacher presently enjoying her Kindergarten/Firstgraders on Martha’s Vineyard. Ever since he taught himself to sail at a young age, MILO STANLEY has wasted a good part of his life building, repairing, and messing about in boats. In 2011, he spent four months sailing from the Caribbean Sea to Maine on a 130’ schooner. For the past two seasons, Milo has served as an intern on WoodenBoat School’s waterfront and, most recently, as the school’s Assistant Shop Manager. He races every chance he gets, recently placing sixth in the prestigious Shellback National Regatta. When he’s not exploring the high seas or milling white oak for the school, Milo sails on the Kennebec River from his hometown of Richmond, Maine.

at Mystic Seaport, researching, documenting, and replicating historic watercraft from the museum’s collection, and learning every word of John Gardner’s famed Boatbuilding for Amateurs course. After Barry’s retirement, Wade continued on as the Director of the John Gardner Boat Shop for 11 years, during which time he helped to create, and subsequently oversaw, an exponential increase in boatbuildingrelated courses, and assisted in setting up new boatbuilding programs from Maine to Honduras. After 15 years of working primarily as a teacher, Wade wanted to get back to


building boats and was invited to join the crew at Taylor and Snediker Boatbuilding in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, whom he considers to be the most insanely multi-talented group of boatbuilders working anywhere today. Since then, he has been teaching boatbuilding for four weeks per year at WoodenBoat School and engaged in highend commercial boatbuilding the rest of the year. The love of sailing has kept GRETCHEN SNYDER on or near the water for most of her life. For over 20 years Gretchen

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JON STROUT grew up on the coast of Maine, specifically Casco Bay. He has always been impressed by the natural beauty of Maine, but the beauty of the coast is most special, as it is constantly changing. For Jon, photography is an avenue to try to capture what he feels and to reflect the beauty and emotions of this pristine environment. Whether it is the power of a coastal storm or the simple beauty of barnacles captured in the light of a sunset, there is always something to be seen. Preferring to work in black and white, Jon is able to reduce an image to its basics of patterns, shapes, lines, and textures. By using these basics and their interplay with light, he searches for the extraordinary in the ordinary scene. Jon enjoys this challenge; it’s a passion. He has studied with well-known photographers Neal Parent, John Sexton, Brenda Tharp,

Faculty 2014 the Arts in Concord, Massachusetts. In 1997 he was awarded the Arts Fellowship in Crafts from the New England Foundation for the Arts.

and George DeWolfe among others. His photography has been exhibited throughout Maine, including Bowdoin College. MARK SUTHERLAND has been building and repairing ship models and fine marine antiques as a full-time professional for over 30 years. Born in Monrovia, Liberia, to American parents involved in the shipping industry, Mark realized at an early age that ships and the sea were the major interests of his life. He grew up in New York and began to build ship models at age 11. While living in Maine in his 20s, he worked in several boatbuilding yards and engaged in yacht deliveries to the Caribbean. His professional model-building career began on Nantucket in 1979 with the commission of several bone models and the restoration of scrimshaw artifacts. Since then, bone models and marine decorative arts based on 19th-century design sensibility have been a major focus of his work. He also specializes in half-hull models based on an extensive study of the subject. He has designed and built several small craft, up to 22’, and restored many others, mostly for personal use. Since 1988 he has maintained a studio at the Emerson Umbrella Center for

BILL THOMAS grew up paddling the rivers and coast of North and South Carolina, playing in the mountains and trying find meaningful work while avoiding a real job. He has been a self-employed woodworker, cabinetmaker, furniture builder and boatbuilder for nearly 35 years. Being an avid sea kayaker and boater, Bill also designs sea kayaks, canoes, and other small boats. Bill teaches woodworking and boatbuilding in his own shop, at the WoodenBoat School and in other venues across the United States. Bill is a Registered Maine Guide, and holds a Wilderness First Responder certification. In addition to his shop classes Bill also leads on water kayaking and sailing classes. The variety of work Bill does: building, designing and teaching both in the shop and on the water, when coupled with his passion for the outdoors, helps to keep his skills rooted in real world experiences. And, it keeps him from getting bored. Bill lives, works, and plays in Maine. MYLES THURLOW was raised on the island of Martha’s Vineyard off the south coast of Massachusetts. He began his boatbuilding career at the age of 12, serving as an apprentice at the Gannon & Benjamin Marine Railway in Vineyard Haven. Through his experience with Gannon & Benjamin, as well as his time sailing on vessels such as WHEN AND IF, ALABAMA, and the PRIDE OF BALTIMORE, Myles developed his focus

on the arts of traditional rigging. Opening his own shop in 2003, Myles led the rigging of the schooner JUNO and has continued to expand his rigging shop to include spars and hardware, as well as the occasional restoration project. Patching Boy Scout canoes on Maine’s Allagash River in the mid-1960s was ROLLIN THURLOW’s first successful canoe-building experience--successful, but not very graceful! After graduating from Maine Maritime Academy and a tour in the Navy, Rollin attended the wooden boat building program at Maine’s Washington County Vocational Technical Institute. His interest lead him to collaborate with Jerry Stelmok to start their own wooden canoe building company. While wooden canoes have had a long history, Rollin and Jerry discovered that there was precious little written about the actual how-to construction of the canoes. The canoe company became a real reinventing-the-wheel type of project--long on desire but short on capital and business skills, leading to the demise of the original company. But it was not long before with renewed interest and skills, Rollin started his own company, the Northwoods Canoe Company. Co-authoring with Jerry the book The Wood and Canvas Canoe ensured that the how-to and historic information they had collected would become available to the public at large. Since its publication in 1987, it has become the bible for wood-and-canvas canoe building. Rollin has taught canoe building and restoration at a variety of locations throughout the U.S. and at WoodenBoat School since the late 1980s. Building a variety of his own designs plus historic reproductions, Rollin’s shop in the small town of

“Queenie Foster is smart, funny, experienced, dedicated to the Concordia ethos. She’s a wonderful teacher and strikes just the right balance between instruction and student initiative. CRAFT OF SAIL on MISTY was one of the best sailing experiences ever in a long life of sailing!” J.G., Arlington, Virginia

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2014 Faculty with boats started when he spent six years working for a sailboat rental company in Deer Isle, where he took care of a small fleet and taught sailing to vacationing summer residents. He then became interested in larger vessels and crewed on the schooners NATHANIEL BOWDITCH, AMERICAN EAGLE, BILL OF RIGHTS, and NEW WAY, as well as other, smaller boats. Ten years ago he joined the crew at Brooklin Boat Yard as a rigger and carpenter, and in 1992 he earned his 100-Ton U.S. Coast Guard Captain’s license. In 1994 Hans fulfilled a longheld dream and purchased the John Alden ketch ABIGAIL, and he looks forward to sharing his love of sailing with all those who step aboard.

Atkinson, Maine, the Northwoods Canoe Company, has become known as one of the premier wooden canoe shops for both restoration and new wooden canoes. PAUL TROWBRIDGE has painted in watercolor since the early 1970s. He studied fine arts at Principia College, the Museum School of Boston, the University of Maine at Orono, and received a Masters of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Memphis. He settled in Maine because of his exposure to the area growing up, its strong visual appeal, and his love of the outdoors and the Down East way of life. Paul built his home in Sedgwick where he and his wife, Jennifer, maintain a dance and art studio, and from which he takes painting excursions. He worked in animation at the Neworld Studios in South Blue Hill, Maine, and is a member of the Deer Isle Artists Association. Paul teaches watercolor at the Deer Isle Art Association and in classes during the summer. His work is represented by the Isalos Fine Arts Gallery in Stonington, Maine. Descended from grandparents who logged over 100,000 nautical miles, HANS VIERTHALER has spent over 20 years sailing the coast of Maine. His love affair


STAN WASS has been pushing canoes and kayaks around with paddles since childhood. Indoctrination started early with several summers spent learning how to paddle canoes from a Micmac Native American. Stan’s early ocean adventures were always in search of bigger and bigger waves to surf, sometimes requiring miles of flatwater paddling in whitewater kayaks. New designs and sea kayaks from England eventually made getting to the final destination as much fun as the waves. Sam has worked for Necky Kayak Company for many years, guided in Canada for the past 10 years, and is a certified sea kayak and canoe instructor, as well as a registered Maine Guide. He has taught kayaking clinics and classes from Maine to Texas and takes particular pleasure in teaching slightly apprehensive, novice paddlers. During the off season, Stan lives in northern Maine, and manages a vaction spa for dogs (boarding kennel). He and his wife Susan raise and show champion Bullmastiff dogs. DON WEBER was born in the States but raised in Wales, U.K. Apprenticed in the joiner’s trade at 16, he returned to the U.S. in the 1960s. After some years farming in New Mexico, Don moved to Mendocino, California, and focused on the repair and restoration of antiques. In the late ’80s, Don began writing for American Woodworker magazine on “green” woodworking and

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traditional crafts. Over the years, he has written for a number of publications here in America and abroad. He has taught woodworking and metalsmithing in New Zealand, the U.K., Mexico, Honduras, and Peru, and has been a guest demonstrator at woodworking shows and conferences throughout the U.S. These days, Don’s main focus is building English, Irish, and Welsh furniture by hand in his shop located in Paint Lick, Kentucky. He resides nearby in Berea, Kentucky. DOUGLAS E. WILSON has been a practicing metalsmith since 1973. He has commissioned work in forged steel from his shop on Little Deer Isle, Maine, since his move there in 1981. Doug’s work is included in numerous national exhibitions and publications including The Contemporary Blacksmith, Fireplace Accessories, Anvil’s Ring, and Metalsmith Magazine. He has demonstrated his craft at many national blacksmithing conferences and has taught over 100 workshops about design and forge practice for blacksmithing organizations, school, colleges, and universities throughout the United States.

Staff 2014 Woodenboat School Staff Our staff members generally hail from all over the country and from many walks of life. Many of them are seasoned veterans of the joys and travails of boats, boating, and boatbuilding, while others are warm, friendly faces doing their very best to make your stay with us a pleasant, comfortable one. From the School Director to our energetic kitchen, waterfront, shop, and office staff, each member possesses a strong commitment to a first-class program and the creation of a positive, safe environment for students and visitors alike. Above all, they enjoy sharing this “little piece of paradise” with all who stop by.

Administration The folks who administer WoodenBoat School believe that each student’s experience is of the utmost importance. From your very first communication with the School office to the completion of your course(s), they will work hard at meeting your needs and expectations. RICH HILSINGER first arrived at WoodenBoat School as a student back in 1983, and he’s been in Brooklin ever since. Rich managed the School shop for seven years, working under former directors Peter Anderheggen and Ben Ellison. He also taught courses in kayak and pram construction, experiences that he cherishes to this day. Woodworking became a part of his life after attending college in Pennsylvania, and he’s dabbled in everything from house carpentry to restaurant and bar renovation, barn restoration, and cabinetry. The “boat bug” bit while Rich wintered in the Caribbean in the 1970s, and, obviously, he’s still hooked! After sailing for two years with the four-masted bark SEA CLOUD as ship’s carpenter, he assisted on yacht deliveries; did boat repair; worked at two of Maine’s premier boatyards, North End Shipyard in Rockland and

Brooklin Boat Yard; and purchased his own Crocker pocket cruiser, MARTHA. Rich stepped into the position of School Director in 1990 and has enjoyed bringing insight, energy, and full-time dedication to WoodenBoat School. When he is not involved with work at the School, he enjoys hanging out with family and friends, gardening, sailing, skiing, and cheering for the Philadelphia Phillies. KIM PATTEN continues as Business Manager for her twelfth year. Prior to joining WoodenBoat School, Kim spent five years as part of the WoodenBoat Store “team.” Originally from New York, she has spent every summer of her life in Maine, before making the move permanently after college. While summering in Maine, she spent her days sailing on Penobscot Bay. Kim and her husband Marvin keep busy working on their home and raising their daughter Riley. She enjoys the outdoors, sailing, skiing, and spending time with family and friends. A longtime interest in woodworking led MIKE MOROS to open his own successful cabinet shop not far from where he grew up in Pine Brook, New Jersey. Over time, he found himself attracted to wooden boats and this eventually brought Mike to WoodenBoat School as a student in 2001. After a few courses in successive years and joining in on Alumni Work Weeks, the boat bug bit hard and Mike signed on as the school’s Assistant Shop Manager in 2006. In ’08 Mike took over the reins as Shop Manager. During the off-season Mike has worked on the carpentry crew at Brooklin Boat Yard. In 2009 Mike opened his own business, Michael Moros Woodworking, providing wooden boat work, custom woodworking and general contracting. When not working, Mike enjoys being outdoors, especially boating and fishing. He recently completed a handsome GlennL Marine 16' center console skiff for himself and is now restoring a 1952 Chris Craft. Born and raised in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, GREG BAUER came to boatbuilding as a third career later in life. Before the boatbuilding bug bit hard, he worked for six years as a design draftsman for a metal fabrication shop and for ten years as an accounting manager of an auto parts manufacturer. A couple of sailing experiences on the Maine windjammer ROSEWAY led Greg to the world of wooden boats, and he soon enrolled at The Landing School in Kennebunkport, Maine. After graduating from their boatbuilding program, Greg joined the school’s staff as a graduate teaching assistant. He then spent three years as a joiner with Bruckmann Yachts in Mississauga, Ontario. Greg moved to mid-coast Maine in the spring of 2002 and spent nine years with the boatbuilding crew at French & Webb in Belfast, Maine. In the spring of 2011 he joined the staff at WoodenBoat School as Waterfront Manager. In the fall of 2011 he started his own business, NB Woodworking, specializing in yacht joinery, custom cabinetry and fine woodworking.

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2014 Registration/Information STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

The main requirement for participation in WoodenBoat School courses is the desire to learn. Our students range from novices to seasoned professionals. Our classes are small, and there is a lot of opportunity for one-on-one teaching, so that usually a wide range of students can enjoy and profit from the same class. However, there are a few courses for which we expect a certain minimum skill level, and that is stated in the individual course descriptions. Also, we encourage students, particularly novices, to do a little prep work for their courses. We will send tool lists and reading lists along with your course confirmation. The more familiar you are with the subject and the tools, and the more questions you have, the more you’ll get out of the course. If you have any questions about the suitability of a course for you, please call Rich Hilsinger. Finally, it is a real help to the instructor to know something about his/her students ahead of time. Please enclose with your application a description of your relevant experience and expectations.


Registration is complete upon receipt by WoodenBoat School of an application form and the necessary deposit(s), and our confirmation of same. If a course is already full, you will be put on a waiting list and immediately notified when there is an opening. You may wish to call WoodenBoat first to make sure that there is room in the course you want. Call 207–359–4651 Monday through Friday, 8:00 to 5:00; ask for Rich Hilsinger or Kim Patten. If we have an opening, we can reserve it for you while you get your application in. This is an especially good idea in late spring and summer. Note: WoodenBoat School is GI Bill approved.


Tuitions vary according to our costs and the length of the course. You will find the tuition amount(s) printed below each course description. We ask you to deposit one-half of your total costs along with your application. The balance due must be paid one month before class begins. Your deposit, less a $100 fee per course, will be refunded in the event that you must cancel and do so at least one month prior to the beginning of the course. Deposits will be refunded in full to students who cancel three business days after registering for a course. If your notice of cancellation is received between 15 and 30 days prior to the course, your tuition is not refundable, but can be credited toward future courses later in the season. If you must cancel less than 15 days before the course, we cannot refund or credit your money. In case of emergency or insufficient number of registrations, WoodenBoat School reserves the right to cancel a course and return all deposit money.


Because of this policy, we strongly urge you to buy refundable airline tickets or flight insurance. WoodenBoat School will not be responsible for any loss on nonrefundable airline tickets. There is a 10% discount on tuition for all alumni.


course. Weekend meals are light and continental. Maine can be on the chilly side during late spring and early fall. We recommend that you pack warm clothing and throw an extra blanket or sleeping bag in the car. Bring a bike if you have one—it’s a great way to get around Brooklin.

Room: $297.00/week Board: $189.00/week Camping: $108/week (limit 4 people) Mooring: $100/week

Current high school and college students are elligible for a discount of 50% off the listed course tuition for classes in Brooklin..


The school has a one-third tuition scholarship available for all courses in Brooklin. These are awarded to people who could not otherwise afford to participate in our courses, with preference given to people who are working in the marine trades and to students contemplating a career in the marine industry. Scholarship recipients will be assigned periodic tasks in the shop, in the kitchen, and on the waterfront.

Note: If you reserve a room with us and decide to cancel this reservation, you must notify us two weeks prior to the start of the course to receive a full refund. Lodging/meal prices include 8% tax where applicable.


WoodenBoat School is approximately 250 miles from Boston by car, and 150 miles down east by boat. Airline service is available to Bangor, and WoodenBoat can provide transportation from there for an additional fee. Please notify us two weeks in advance if you need to be picked up at the airport. Details of this will be sent to you with your course confirmation.

Any materials that go home with a student will be charged at our cost. In the several classes where every student works on his/her own project, we have noted the usual material costs in the course description. Material prices include 5.5% tax where applicable. You will be sent a list of the hand tools you will need for your course as specified by the instructor, as well as suggested preparatory reading. Winners of boat raffles will be responsible for paying material costs before leaving Brooklin.




Staying at the WoodenBoat accommodations is recommended by us and by former students. Evening socializing and boating become, in effect, an extension of the courses, and add immeasurably to the School experience. We have a number of rooms in both the Farmhouse (next to the Shop) and in the Student House on Naskeag Road. The rooms are doubles, not fancy, but clean and airy. Bathrooms are shared by several rooms, and students bring their own sheets, soap, and towels. Family members are welcome as space permits, but pets are not. Guests may take room and board with us depending on space availability. We also have campsites available on the WoodenBoat property. Again, these are quite basic, with no electrical outlets or tent platforms, but in a pleasant location. Campers have their own toilets and shower facilities. Pets are not allowed in the campground. Our kitchen and dining hall are located in the Student House (originally the Mountain Ash Inn). The cuisine is American with some gourmet treats. Ingredients are fresh, portions are hearty, and service is buffet style. For students taking a single week course, room and board extends from Sunday dinner through the following Saturday’s breakfast. For students in longer courses, room and board runs from the Sunday on which the course commences until the Saturday morning following the last day of the

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Your course begins with dinner at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, followed by a general meeting and an introductory session with your instructor. The Sunday dinner is for all students, whether or not they are taking board with the School. You may arrive at the School anytime you wish on Sunday. You will find room assignments and other information posted in the entryway of the Student House. The School Director will be at the Student House at 5:00 p.m. to meet you. Most classes end on Friday evening. Students are asked to depart on Saturday morning. If your course ends on Saturday, you have your room/campsite for Saturday night.

First day of registration is January 2, 2014 at 8 a.m. EST. Phone lines and faxes will be very busy—we ask for your patience. When calling, please be ready with info regarding course selection, accommodations, and a credit card for your deposit. We recommend that you think of alternative weeks/courses in the event your first chice is not available.

Application 2014 WoodenBoat School


PO Box 78, 41 WoodenBoat Lane, Brooklin, Maine 04616-0078 (207) 359-4651 Fax: (207) 359-8920 Please register by phone, mail, or fax. NOT BY E-MAIL.


Desired Courses TELEPHONE: DAY








Total Tuition ADDRESS

Room & Board (course weeks x $486.00) CITY / STATE / ZIP

Campsite and/or Board Only (see page 56) TELEPHONE: DAY METHOD OF PAYMENT



Total Material Costs TOTAL COSTS


Deposit Enclosed (one-half of total) 3-DIGIT CODE ON BACK OF CARD

SIGNATURE (I understand the conditions for refunds) ALUMNI


Lodging / Meal prices include 8% tax where applicable

 YES  NO

SIGNATURE (I authorize the balance due to be charged to the above credit card one month before class begins)

Balance Due (one month before course begins)


Material prices include 5.5% tax where applicable


Please describe any previous experience that relates to the course(s) you wish to attend. What do you expect to gain from the course, and how do you intend to use it? (Feel free to use additional paper).

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