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Paddle and Oar Making: An
introduction to hand tools June 24-26 (3-days)
In this course students will learn how to adjust, sharpen
and use a variety of hand tools, including drawknives, planes and spokeshaves
as well as power tool basics and safety, along with gluing, and show students
how to mill material for a blank for their projects. Students will then use these tools to make a canoe
paddle, kayak paddle, or a pair of oars. The instructor will consult with students as
to proper size for their particular boat.
Douglas Brooks Tuition: $300 Materials fee: $40
Young People’s Wood Working (Ages
10-14) July 1-5
This 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.
Maryah Smith-Overtman Tuition: $450
Women’s Wood Working
This class for women only will provide
an introduction and over view of general wood working terms, tools and wood
working techniques. There will be a variety of projects from which to
choose. Each student will complete and
take away at least one or two projects
Maryah Smith-Overman and Kim Hoare Tuition:
fee: $75 or less
Building Fox - July 22-27 (6-days)
and take home your own “Fox,” a 14’7” decked double-paddle canoe designed by
instructor Bill Thomas. (see www.billthomaswoodworking.com)
Bill Thomas Tuition: $500 Materials
Boat Building for Clergy
July 29-Aug 2
This class is open to all clergy and
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
Instructors: Robert Ives & Kim Hoare Tuition:
August 5-10 (6-days)
Rollin Thurlow is one of the
outstanding wooden canoe builders in Maine. He has taught canoe building
at the Wooden Boat School for years. During this Canoe Building
class, he will instruct students how to build a canvass-covered wooden canoe. Using pre-built canoe jigs, the students will
build one or two canoes during the 6-day class. Although the canoes will
not be varnished or painted, it is the hope that the class
will complete all of the woodworking on the boats. Daily instruction
will be offered in planing, chisel work, tool sharpening, and other wood
Rollin Thurlow Tuition: $500
Crafting the toolbox:
Skillbuilding in machine and hand tool use August 12-16
While constructing the toolbox, students will learn
how to safely use several woodworking machines. Handwork will also be emphasized.
Basic dovetailing and mortice and tenon joinery will also be taught. Accurate
measuring and cutting will become familiar. As time allows students may
customize their toolboxes- adding trays or drawers, or perhaps carving designs
or monograms. This class is appropriate for beginner and intermediate woodworking
Instructor: Jim Macdonald Tuition: $500 Materials fee: $75 or less
Wood Working Tools: Selection, Sharpening, Tuning, Using (even making a
introductory and comprehensive week-long class on hand tools covering boring,
slicing, planing, sawing, scraping, hewing, striking and clamping.
Students will be welcome to bring their own tools that they would like to
learn more about, repair or sharpen.
Robert Elliot Tuition: $500
Please note that
the class schedule subject to change.
you would like to register for one of the above classes, please
Registration Form, fill it out 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.
Download Registration Form
includes lunch each work day.
Board includes a room on campus and breakfast & dinner each
- Boarders are
welcome to arrive Sunday evening and depart the morning after their class concludes.
- Limited scholarships are available.
If you have any questions regarding these
courses, please contact