Columbia River Maritime Museum
Barbey Maritime Center for Wooden Boat Building

WOODEN BOAT BUILDING CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS IN TRADITIONAL MARITIME CRAFTS

Note that classes meet from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. with an hour break for lunch from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Lunch is on your own.

Woodworking

Beginning Woodworking

Instructor Darrin Fiskum
Duration One day
Dates July 20, 2013
Tuition and Supplies $124 ($118 for Members)
Description By creating a sea chest, tool tray or mallet, students will learn dado and dovetail joinery, gluing, clamping, and the use of boat builder and woodworker hand tools. The skills learned can be applied to boat building courses and small personal woodworking projects.
Skill Level Beginner - No experience with hand tools necessary
Tools Required Basic hand woodworking tools (instructor will provide a list in advance of the course)
 

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Tool Sharpening

Instructor Darrin Fiskum
Duration Two days
Dates Jun 22-23, 2013
Tuition and Supplies $290 ($261 for Members)
Description Sharp tools make any job easier and safer. In this workshop students will learn how to sharpen and tune edge tools (new and old) using basic stones, strops, and a bench grinder, relying on hand-eye skills rather than on expensive machines.
Skill Level Beginner - Basic experience with planes, chisels, and other edge tools
Tools Required Basic hand woodworking tools (instructor will provide a list in advance of the course) and tools to be sharpened
 

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NW Native American Crafts

Adze Making

Instructor Jim Bergeron
Duration One day
Dates Aug 17, 2013
Tuition and Supplies $100 ($94 for Members)
Description Making a Northwest Native American shaping adze and texturing adze. Students will shape an adze handle, grind and heat treat an adze blade and take away one or more adzes.
Skill Level Intermediate - Some experience with basic woodworking and Northwest Native American carving tools
Tools Required Basic hand woodworking tools
 

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Chinook-style Cedar Basket

Instructor Pat Courtney Gold
Duration One day
Dates Aug 10, 2013
Tuition and Supplies $100 ($94 for Members)
Description Participants will learn various Northwest weaving techniques to experiment in creating a basket of their choice. Plants include tule, cattail leaves, sedge, cedar bark, tree roots and round fibers.
Skill Level Intermediate - Previous twining and plaiting experience
Tools Required TBD
 

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Chinook-style Cedar Basket

Instructor Pat Courtney Gold
Duration Two days
Dates Jul 27-28, 2013
Tuition and Supplies $165 ($153 for Members)
Description Participants will learn plaiting and twining techniques to create a small cedar bark storage basket. Cedar bark strips will be plaited and twined with sedge to create the basket.
Skill Level Beginner/Intermediate - Some twining experience needed
Tools Required TBD
 

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Chinook-style Paddles

Instructor Tony Johnson, Earl Davis, Al McIsaac
Duration Two days
Dates May 4-5, 2013
Tuition and Supplies $325 ($293 for Members)
Description Learn to make the distinctive canoe paddles used by the Chinook Tribe on the waters of the Columbia River and the adjacent coast.
Skill Level Beginner - Some experience with basic woodworking and NW Native American carving tools
Tools Required Basic hand woodworking tools and NW Native American carving tools (instructor will provide a list in advance of the course)
 

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Northwest Native American Bentwood Boxes

Instructor Jim Bergeron
Duration Three days
Dates Jun 28-30, 2013
Tuition and Supplies $483 ($435 for Members)
Description Learn how to turn a flat cedar board into a beautiful bentwood box. Often decorated with Northwest Native American designs (painted or carved), boxes of all sizes were used for food storage or as containers for fresh water on canoe trips. Like most of the crafts of the Pacific Northwest Native Americans, these boxes are both functional and beautiful.
Skill Level Intermediate - Some experience with basic hand tools
Tools Required Basic hand woodworking tools and NW Native American carving tools (instructor will provide a list in advance of the course)
 

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Northwest Native American Canoe Models

Instructor Tony Johnson
Duration Three days over two weekends, non-consecutive
Dates Sept 21-22 and Oct 5, 2013
Tuition and Supplies $225 ($207 for Members)
Description Using traditional NW Native American carving tools, learn to make models of one or more of the canoe types used by the Chinook and other NW Native Americans in the inland and coastal waters of the Pacific Northwest.
Skill Level Beginner/Intermediate - Some experience with basic woodworking and NW Native American carving tools
Tools Required Basic hand woodworking tools and NW Native American carving tools (instructor will provide a list in advance of the course)
 

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Northwest Native American Carving Tools

Instructor Earl Davis, Tony Johnson, Adam McIsaac
Duration Two days
Dates May 25-26, 2013
Tuition and Supplies $425 ($383 for Members)
Plans (optional) may be purchased for an additional $35
Description Learn how to make the beautiful and deceptively simple crooked knives and hand-adzes used by Northwest Coastal Native Americans. At the end of this two-day workshop students will have a basic kit of tools that can be used to produce traditional canoe paddles, ceremonial spoons, halibut hooks, and decorative carvings of all types. Material costs include one adze and one carving knife, both with handles. Additional knives can be made at a cost of $40 each, and adzes at a cost of $80 each, with handles. A complete kit would include two types of adzes and at least three knives.
Skill Level Intermediate - Moderate experience with basic hand tools
Tools Required Basic hand woodworking tools (instructor will provide a list in advance of the course)
 

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Northwest Native American Halibut Hooks

Instructor Tony Johnson
Duration One day
Dates Sept 14, 2013
Tuition and Supplies $110 ($104 for Members)
Description Use traditional materials to make the halibut hooks used by Northwest Native Americans in the coastal waters of the Pacific Northwest. These hooks are functional tools and truly beautiful works of art.
Skill Level Beginner
Tools Required Basic hand woodworking tools and NW Native American carving tools (instructor will provide a list in advance of the course)
 

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Small Northwest-style Basket with Rattle Lid

Instructor Pat Courtney Gold
Duration Two days
Dates Aug 24-25, 2013
Tuition and Supplies $140 ($128 for Members)
Description Participants will learn to create a basket with a rattle lid using cedar bark, tule, cattail leaves, and sedge. Participants are encouraged to bring “rattle” items: shells, charms, pebbles, beads, etc.
Skill Level Intermediate - Some twining and plaiting experience needed
Tools Required TBD
 

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Small Twined Pouch

Instructor Pat Courtney Gold
Duration One day
Dates Jun 29, 2013
Tuition and Supplies $152 ($137 for Members)
Description Participants will use tule and cattail leaves to make two-ply cordage which will then be used to make a small pouch. A fun project.
Skill Level Intermediate - Some twining experience needed
Tools Required TBD
 

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Traditional Woven Wasco Basket

Instructor Pat Courtney Gold
Duration One day
Dates May 11, 2013
Tuition and Supplies $143 ($129 for Members)
Description Weave a traditional Wasco twined “Sally Bag” with unique geometric images. For ease in learning, commercial yarn will be used instead of native fibers. Participants will learn the full-turn twine technique to create a traditional-style Wasco basket. Techniques learned here can be applied to more complex projects offered later in the year.
Skill Level Beginner
Tools Required TBD
 

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Twined Rattle

Instructor Pat Courtney Gold
Duration One day
Dates Jun 30, 2013
Tuition and Supplies $152 ($137 for Members)
Description Participants will create a twined rattle using northwest fibers: tule, sedge, and cattail leaves. Participants are encouraged to bring “rattle” items: shells, charms, pebbles, beads, etc.
Skill Level Intermediate - Some twining experience needed
Tools Required TBD
 

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Weaving with Plant Fibers

Instructor Pat Courtney Gold
Duration Two days
Dates Jun 8-9, 2013
Tuition and Supplies $315 ($284 for Members)
Description Participants will learn about local plants, harvesting, processing and basketry. This class will use traditional plant fibers: tule, cattail leaves, sedge grass, and other native plants to make traditional NW Native American weavings.
Skill Level Beginner/Intermediate - Some twining experience needed
Tools Required TBD
 

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Wooden Boat Building

Glued Seam Plywood Boat Building

Instructor Sam Devlin
Duration Five days
Dates Jul 29-Aug 2, 2013
Tuition and Supplies $450 ($420 for Members)
Description Each student will build one of four, quarter-scale, stitch-and-glue boats designed by Sam Devlin. Students will learn how to set up the boat, tape with fiberglass cloth and epoxy, install trim and hardware, and finish off the boat. They will come away with a beautiful, large scale model that will be an invaluable reference for future building of “that perfect boat.”
Skill Level Beginner/Intermediate - Some experience with basic hand tools
Tools Required Basic hand woodworking tools (instructor will provide a list in advance of the course)
 

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Half-Hull Model Making

Instructor Steve Kessler
Duration Two days
Dates Jul 6-7, 2013
Tuition and Supplies $150 ($138 for Members)
Description Learn how to create a beautiful half-hull model of a Columbia River sailing gillnet boat and how to use half-full models for exploring the shape of a boat and making a table of offsets that can be used to build a full-scale boat from the models.
Skill Level Beginner - Some experience with planes and chisels
Tools Required Basic hand woodworking tools (instructor will provide a list in advance of the course)
 

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Lofting

Instructor Steve Kessler
Duration Two days
Dates TBD
Tuition and Supplies $130 ($118 for Members)
Description Draw a boat full-scale from a set of plans or a half-hull model. Complex but interesting, the skills learned in this workshop are essential to anyone wanting to build a boat, big or small.
Skill Level Beginner - Some knowledge of boat terminology helpful
Tools Required None
 

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Oar Making

Instructor Jeff Sayler
Duration Two days
Dates Aug 3-4, 2013
Tuition and Supplies $270 ($258 for Members)
Description Learn how to make oars to suit individual body sizes and boat types. A beautiful hand-built boat deserves a pair of beautiful hand-crafted oars and one size does not fit all. At the end of this two-day workshop each student will have made one of a pair of oars and learned how to leather them traditionally, without nails.
Skill Level Beginner/Intermediate - Familiarity with wood planes and chisels
Tools Required Basic hand woodworking tools (instructor will provide a list in advance of the course)
 

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Pacific Northwest Drift Boat Models

Instructor Roger Fletcher
Duration Two days
Dates Aug 31-Sept 1, 2013
Tuition and Supplies $145 ($133 for Members); Additional $30 for plans
Description Learn from a master historian and model maker about the grace and beauty of the Pacific Northwest’s wooden river dories. Each student will make a model of a McKenzie or Rogue River dory that can serve as a reference when building a full-sized boat. Whether you are a fly-fisherman, whitewater adventurer, or a boat builder, you will enjoy recreating a unique and important piece of the Pacific Northwest’s history. Read more from the instructor
Skill Level Beginner/Intermediate - Modest experience with basic woodworking tools
Tools Required Basic hand woodworking tools (instructor will provide a list in advance of the course)
 

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Taking Boat Lines

Instructor Steve Kessler
Duration Two days
Dates Jul 13-14, 2013
Tuition and Supplies $130 ($118 for Members)
Description Learn the basics of developing a set of boat plans from measuring the dimensions (“taking off the lines”) of an existing boat in the collection of the Columbia River Maritime Museum. Participants will then generate a set of plans that can be used either for historical documentation or for the purpose of constructing a vessel of similar appearance.
Skill Level Beginner - Some knowledge of boat terminology helpful
Tools Required None
 

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Traditional Lapstrake Boatbuilding

Instructor Jeff Sayler
Duration Five days
Dates May 27-31, 2013
Tuition and Supplies $828 ($745 for Members)
Description Students will learn traditional lapstrake boatbuilding techniques by building a small English pram. Designed by the famous English yacht designer Alan Buchanan from the Isle of Jersey, this lightweight boat is fastened with copper rivets and roves and is a perfect yacht tender or boat for exploring the Pacific Northwest’s harbors, sloughs, and interesting backwaters. Skills learned are easily transferable to more complex boats like the elegant Whitehall rowing boats common on the Columbia River and Puget Sound in the early 1900s. One boat per class, to be raffled off at the end of the session.
Skill Level Beginner/Intermediate - Some experience with planes, chisels, and other basic hand tools
Tools Required Basic hand woodworking tools (instructor will provide a list in advance of the course)
 

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Classic Maritime Crafts

Introduction to Bronze Casting

Instructor Sam Johnson
Duration Two days
Dates Aug 10-11, 2013
Tuition and Supplies $205 ($193 for Members)
Description Learn how to make patterns of simple boat parts, mold them in sand, and cast them in molten bronze. Students will learn how to make their own basic furnace and foundry tools, pour hot metal, and finish off the castings using a variety of hand and power tools. Bring patterns or objects to copy.
Skill Level Beginner
Tools Required Basic hand woodworking tools if a pattern needs to be made (instructor will provide a list in advance of the course)
 

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Needle and Palm Work

Instructor Misty O’Brien
Duration Two days over two weekends
Dates Oct 5 and Oct 12, 2013
Tuition and Supplies $165 ($153 for Members)
Description Students will make a sail maker’s “palm” and use it to make a canvas ditty bag to hold sewing tools, fids and other things used in canvas, leather, and rope work.
Skill Level Beginner
Tools Required TBD
 

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Rope Work – Coarse

Instructor Jason Linnett
Duration One day
Dates Jul 20, 2013
Tuition and Supplies $80 ($74 for Members)
Description This workshop will cover the use of rope to make monkey fists, rope mats, fenders, and other items using large diameter cordage. Students will learn how to use fids and make knots essential to rigging and general boat handling. Take home some great presents for Christmas!
Skill Level Beginner
Tools Required Sharp knife (bring your own)
 

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Rope Work – Fine

Instructor Jason Linnett
Duration One day
Dates Aug 3, 2013
Tuition and Supplies $80 ($74 for Members)
Description This workshop will cover the use of “fine stuff” — tarred marlin and small diameter cordage to make fancy knots, sennits, coachwhipping, etc.  Students will learn how to make a rope grommet and then convert it into a fine sea chest handle, plus other useful and beautiful knot and rope work.
Skill Level Beginner/Intermediate - Some rope and knot-tying experience
Tools Required Sharp knife (bring your own)
 

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Sign Carving

Instructor John Paul Zipprich
Duration Two days
Dates Aug 17-18, 2013
Tuition and Supplies $200 ($188 for Members)
Description Nautical signage and quarter boards. Learn to layout, carve, paint, and gold leaf a simple sign for your boat or your house. Class will begin with converting a butt chisel into a tight-radius gouge suitable for sign carving, and leave with one completed carving.
Skill Level Intermediate - Some experience with basic hand woodworking tools
Tools Required Basic hand woodworking tools, including basic set of carving tools (instructor will provide a list in advance of the course)
 

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Wire & Canvas Decoys

Instructor Sam Devlin
Duration Two days
Dates Oct 5-6, 2013
Tuition and Supplies $165 ($153 for Members)
Description When people think of waterfowl decoys, what first comes to mind are carved wood decoys. But among the many other types of decoys are simple decoys made with wire and canvas. Widely used in the Central flyway, these decoys were also used on the coastal and inland waters of the Pacific Northwest. Students will learn how to make a simple but elegant Black Brant decoy under the expert tutelage of boat builder and decoy maker Sam Devlin. For hunting or as beautiful pieces of art, this class will take students into a largely unexplored but interesting area of Pacific Northwest maritime culture.
Skill Level Beginner/Intermediate - Some experience with basic hand tools
Tools Required Basic hand woodworking tools and some carving tools (instructor will provide a list in advance of the course)
 

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