Welcome to Great Lakes Boat Building School

Students at Great Lakes Boat Building School are provided a comprehensive course of study in the methods, materials, and professionalism required of today’s wooden boat builder.  Integrating lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on projects each program achieves the right balance of theoretical and practical knowledge for career success.

Our Programs


Great Lakes Boat Building School teaches and inspires students in the art and craft of traditional and contemporary wooden boat building, which prepares them for productive and rewarding careers in fine woodworking and the marine trades. We strive to contribute to the growth of each student as a person and as a craftsman to impart an appreciation of the maritime heritage of the Great Lakes and North America.

What People Say

The staff is kind & helpful and my teacher was so knowledgable about boat building. It was one of the highlights of my LIFE!

TI Thorn, Student

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