Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding

42 North Water St
Port Hadlock    WA    98339
(360) 385-4948        (360) 385-5089

Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding – Everyone’s Wooden Boat School


Make a living – craft a life

The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding islocated in Port Hadlock, Washington. The Boat School is one of the premier accredited educational institutions of its kind, attracting students from around world and as far away as Japan, Australia, England, South Korea, Canada, Taiwan, Ireland, Mexico and Scotland. Their mission is to teach and preserve the skills and crafts associated with fine wooden boat building and other traditional maritime arts with emphasis on the development of the individual as a craftsperson.


The instructors are master maritime craftsmen and inspiring industry leaders

As a team the instructors share a devotion to the highest levels of craftsmanship. They are inspiring professionals with years of wooden boat building experience before becoming teachers. This experience helps them successfully guide students in their personal career goals and aspirations.


The instructors value the art of teaching and supporting the success of all their students. These positive traits are distinguishing features of the School. Each of the instructors has established an international reputation both as a master boat builder and as a master teacher.


The School offers both traditional wooden boat building and contemporary wood composite construction


The boat building programs include Traditional Small Wooden Boats, Traditional Large Wooden Boats and Contemporary Wood Composite Boats, giving students a broad range of skills for careers in the marine industries. Graduates establish themselves in a host of maritime and related career strands, including boat yards, maritime museums, educational programs, architectural design, rocket construction, automotive design, wooden boat repair and restoration, yacht construction, wooden boat building, boat surveying, musical instrument building, building construction and fine furniture making.


Veterans, second career explorers, women, retirees  and international students are all welcome


Because the instructors effectively impart their knowledge to others, the School has become noted as a positive and safe learning environment for learners of all backgrounds, including:


  • Veterans quietly exploring new careers and their love of woodworking and boats.
  • Recent high school graduates beginning exciting careers in a supportive community of boat builders and other related pathways.
  • Second career learners absorbing new hands-on skills that better match their true passions and interests.
  • Women who want the challenge of entering an exciting hands-on profession in which women continue to be underrepresented.
  • Retirees pursuing long-awaited dreams of pursuing the beauty and artistry of wooden boat building.
  • International students who learn about the School online and are attracted to the small, intimate setting of the School.

    No previous woodworking experience is needed to attend the Boat School.




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