Great Lakes Boat Building School’s Classic Woodworking & Traditional Boat Building Program is carefully designed to give our students a broad course of study in the methods and materials required of today’s wooden boat builder. In the first year of study, students will learn the woodworking skills required to build vessels in the traditional carvel and lapstrake methods. They will also work with the modern techniques and materials used in the construction of wood/epoxy composite craft.
The classroom curriculum is divided into four quarters – Classic Woodworking/Small Boat Building, Traditional Wooden Boat Building I & II, and Composite Wooden Boat Building. At the start of this first year, the student will be guided through the disciplines of hand tool woodworking and then the safe and efficient use of power woodworking machines. In-depth lectures are coordinated with hands-on projects that increase in complexity as the student’s skill and confidence grow.
This first year of learning prepares students for an entry-level career in the wooden boat building industry.