The Carpenter's Boat Shop
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Summer Classes 2015

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Young People’s Wood Working (Ages 10-14)

Ages 10-14
Dates: June 29-July 2, 2015
Instructor: Maryah Smith-Overman
Tuition:  $450

Summary:  This 4-day class for youth aged 10-14 will provide an introduction to basic woodworking.  The class will focus on how to use basic hand and small power wood working tools.  The students will work on various projects throughout the week that they can keep and take home.  It is 4-day class running from 8am-4pm each day with lunch included in the tuition.

Women’s Wood Working

Dates:  July 6-10, 2015
Instructor:  Maryah Smith-Overman
Tuition: $500
Materials Fee:  less than $75
Room & Board: $400

Summary:  This class is offered for women only to help create an empowering atmosphere of learning and community.  During the 5-day class, students will receive an introduction and overview to general wood working terms, tools (both hand tools and power tools) and wood working techniques.  Each student will complete and take home at least one woodworking project during the week choosing from 3-4 items as suggested by the instructor.   Projects in the past have included Shaker Oval boxes, three-step step stools, Shaker step stools.

Boat Building with Bobby Ives

Dates: July 20 - 24, 2015
Instructor: Bobby Ives
Tuition: $500
Room & Board: $400

Summary:  This class is open to all, beginning and advanced woodworkers. The class will introduce students to the fundamentals of traditional boat building.  Daily lectures will be given in tool use, sharpening, boat design, and wood technology.  The class together will construct a traditional Monhegan Island skiff.   Come spend a week learning from the founder of The Carpenter’s Boat Shop, Bobby Ives!

Build Your Own Mischief Pram

Dates: July 27-31, 2015
Instructor: Bill Thomas
Tuition:  $500 
Materials Fee: $830
Room and Board:  $400

Summary:  Mischief is a wonderfully versatile little boat for rowers of all age and she’s a perfect first-time boatbuilding project.  At 7′10″ in length and 48” in width, she’s a stable and predictable craft. The construction is a builder friendly hybrid of glue- and- screw construction and more traditional methods. Mischief is a proven design; She’s stable enough for kids to play around in; rows well, though pulling into head seas can be wet work. She tows like a feather and I’ve rowed her ashore with 4 adults and a load of camping gear aboard.  In short she’s as good a tender as I’ve ever used and better then many I’ve tried.  The end result of our class will be a pretty, practical rowboat suitable enough for younger first-time boaters or old salts.

We’ll start our class Monday morning with a brief orientation and overview of the week ahead. Monday through Friday the students work on their boats from 8 am until around 4:30 pm. Friday afternoon we will focus on the steps involved in finishing up Mischief when the students get their new boats home. Students might need to come back Saturday morning to pick up their boats and perhaps finish up some final details.

While each student or group knows which boat is theirs, the process is a collective effort with students working in loosely organized teams.

Building Mischief to a high standard takes about 50+ hours stretched over 3 weeks; this includes the 4 to 8 days needed to paint and varnish. In a five day building class, the boats are assembled and ready to transport, but students usually finish the epoxy coating, sanding and painting at home. This time line is designed for adult building programs with 6 to 8 boats being built by 8 to 10 students. Family built boats or builders with partners are welcome. In order to facilitate this schedule, prior to class, I’ll pre-cut the planks and transoms.  ~Bill Thomas

Registration deadline for this class is June 15th so please sign up early.


If you would like to register for one of the above classes, please download the Registration Form, fill it our and return it via the mail with your non-refundable deposit of $100.  The remainder of your tuition as well as any Room & Board fees are due at the start of the class.

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Please note:

  • Tuition includes lunch each work day.    
  • Room & Board includes a single room with a shared bathroom on campus along with breakfast. lunch & dinner each day.
  • Boarders are welcome to arrive Sunday evening and depart Saturday morning or the day after the class ends. 
  • Limited scholarships are available.  


If you have any questions regarding these courses, please contact us.