9:30am to 5pm daily

1792 Marine Drive
Astoria, OR
97103
503.325.2323

Classes

All classes are held at the Barbey Maritime Center (formerly the Astoria Train Depot at the east end of the Columbia River Maritime Museum parking lot) either in the West Side Meeting Room or the East Side Shop as indicated.

Please note: If the Museum cancels a class, 100 percent of the student’s tuition will be refunded. If a student cancels a registration at least 15 days prior to the class, the student will receive a full refund. If a student cancels a registration less than 15 calendar days prior to the class, no refund will be made.

If you are registering for the Kayak Building Class, there is a separate policy as noted.



Pygmy Kayak Building (this class cancelled - next offering is February 2020)

Instructor
Dates and Times

December 9-15, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location

BMC Shop

Tuition

$800 PLUS kit price.  Kit is purchased from Pygmy. Need to specify kit is for this class.

This class includes some pre-assembly by the instructor prior to the first day of class. To ensure costs are covered, a $200 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration. The $600 balance is due at least 30 days prior to day one of the class.

Description

Build an elegant stitch and glue solo kayak. This 7 day class is offered in conjunction with Pygmy Boats. Participants will leave the class with their kayak approximately 60% complete and with all the skills necessary to finish the boat at home.

Skill Level

No previous building experience necessary

Class Size

Minimum of 2, maximum of 4

Tools

A short list of readily available hand tools will be provided by the instructor prior to the class.

Deadline to Register

Two weeks prior to first day of class

(This class has been cancelled)

Call 503.325.2323



Introduction to Wood Carving

Instructor

Jim Bergeron

Dates and Times

January 17, 2020, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
January 18, 2020, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
January 19, 2020, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location

BMC Shop

Tuition

$55 members / $65 non-members

Description

Have you ever wanted to learn how to carve? This class will cover basic skill for novice carvers and will focus on Northwest coast Native American carving styles. Participants will be furnished with carving tools and wood plaques and will be shown basic carving techniques. Learn how to handle tools safely, how to lay out basic designs and how to carve desired shapes.

Skill Level

Beginner. No previous experience necessary.

Class Size

Minimum of 8, maximum of 15

Tools

All materials will be provided, but bring carving tools if you have them.

Deadline to Register

January 3, 2020

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Introduction to Drawing Birds

Instructor
Dates and Times

February 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2020, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Location

BMC West Meeting Room

Tuition

$55 members / $80 non-members

Description

Explore drawing birds in a fun and engaging way. We will start with loose sketches and progress to complete drawings with detail. We will look at bird's anatomy: beaks, eyes, heads, wings and feathers. We will begin with graphite pencil, learn textural application of colored pencils, and a little watercolor for under painting.

Skill Level

All levels and skills welcome

Class Size

Minimum of 6, maximum of 14

Tools

Please bring graphite pencil H or F, 2B, kneaded eraser, sharpener, set of colored pencils, and any other watercolor pencils or a basic watercolor set you already have, and a sketchbook of your own choice. Also bring bird reference photos. Some basic materials and reference photos will also be provided. For a suggested list of supplies for working with colored pencils, contact the instructor.

Deadline to Register

January 23

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Ocean Knots: Karma Mat Weaving

Instructor

Greg Neitzel

Dates and Times

February 15, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Ocean Knot Mat)
February 16, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Kringle Knot Mat)

Location

BMC West

Tuition

$35 members ($60 for both classes) / $40 non-members ($70 for both classes)

Description

Join local artist and educator Greg Neitzel who will lead you through the process of weaving a nautical mat from recycled fishing line. Originally woven to protect the decks of wooden boats, today these matts have been transformed into decorative art, table runners, doormats and more. In each of these classes you will learn a unique skill and weave a mat that is both beautiful and functional to take home, while at the same time repurposing braided commercial fishing line that would otherwise be discarded. Classes run between 2 and 3 hours, and students should be prepared to be on their feet during this time.

Skill Level

No previous experience necessary, however, Greg encourages you to bring your pride in craftsmanship, tenacity, and the ability to focus and concentrate for a couple of hours.

Class Size

Minimum of 3, maximum of 6

Tools

All materials and tools will be provided, but please have trimmed nails as you will be weaving the line through some tight bends and curves.

Deadline to Register

February 1, 2020

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Pygmy Kayak Building

Instructor
Dates and Times

February 17-23, 2020, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location

BMC Shop

Tuition

$800 PLUS kit price.  Kit is purchased from Pygmy. Need to specify kit is for this class.

This class includes some pre-assembly by the instructor prior to the first day of class. To ensure costs are covered, a $200 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration. The $600 balance is due at least 30 days prior to day one of the class.

Description

Build an elegant stitch and glue solo kayak. This 7-day class is offered in conjunction with Pygmy Boats. Participants will leave the class with their kayak approximately 60 percent complete and with all the skills necessary to finish the boat at home.

Skill Level

No previous building experience necessary

Class Size

Minimum of 2, maximum of 4

Tools

A short list of readily available hand tools will be provided.

Deadline to Register

Two weeks prior to first day of class

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Shark Dissection

Instructor
Date and Time

March 7, 2020, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Location

BMC West

Tuition

$20 one-person group, $30 two-person group, $40 three-person group (one shark per group)

Description

Students will learn about shark anatomy as they are led through a dissection of Squalus acanthias (dogfish). Sharks are fascinating fishes with a cartilaginous skeleton, extremely large liver, and a tough skin covered in placoid scales. Students will observe the exterior of the shark before moving into an internal exploration focusing on the amazing and oily liver.

Skill Level

All ages welcome; students under 13 must have an adult assistant

Class Size

Minimum of 6, maximum of 16

Tools

Specimens and tools will be provided.

Deadline to Register

February 21

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Introduction to Wood Carving

Instructor

Jim Bergeron

Dates and Times

March 13, 2020, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
March 14, 2020, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
March 15, 2020, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location

BMC Shop

Tuition

$55 members / $65 non-members

Description

Have you ever wanted to learn how to carve? This class will cover basic skill for novice carvers and will focus on Northwest coast Native American carving styles. Participants will be furnished with carving tools and wood plaques and will be shown basic carving techniques. Learn how to handle tools safely, how to lay out basic designs and how to carve desired shapes.

Skill Level

Beginner. No previous experience necessary.

Class Size

Minimum of 8, maximum of 15

Tools

All materials will be provided, but bring carving tools if you have them.

Deadline to Register

February 28, 2020

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Making a West Greenland Kayak Paddle

Instructor
Dates and Times

March 21 and 22, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location

BMC Shop

Tuition

$100 members / $115 non-members

Description

One-piece, Greenland-style paddles are becoming increasingly popular among kayakers. In this class, you will learn how to layout the paddle profile onto clear, vertical grain cedar, and the procedures for cutting out the blank. Pre-cut blanks will then be provided for the students to shape using basic woodworking tools, including block planes, rasps and sand paper. The shaped paddles will then be sealed with an oil finish, and the students will take home their completed work, as well as the skills to make additional paddles.

Skill Level

Beginner. No previous woodworking experience necessary.

Class Size

Minimum of 4, maximum of 6

Deadline to Register

March 6

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Introduction to Fly Tying

Instructor

Henry Hoffman

Dates and Times

March 28 and 29, 2020, 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Location

BMC Shop

Tuition

$45 members / $55 non-members

Description

Have you ever wanted to fish with a fly that you tied yourself? This is a rare opportunity to learn the basics of fly tying from a renowned local expert Henry Hoffman who has over 60 years of experience. Volunteers from Rainland Fly Casters will also be present, and class participants will receive a free one-year membership to the club. An excellent book on Northwest region fly patterns will also be available for $10. All materials and equipment will be supplied.

Skill Level

All levels from beginner to experienced are welcome

Class Size

Minimum of 5, maximum of 10

Tools

All tools and materials will be provided, however, you are welcome to bring your own gear.

Deadline to Register

March 13, 2020

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Deep Waters: Diving Into Family Stories

Instructor

Linda Strever and Sandra Yannone

Date and Time

April 18, 2020, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Location

BMC West

Tuition

$45 members / $65 non-members

Description

Everyone is the keeper of a unique version of family history. This creative writing workshop will begin with a discussion of what makes a compelling story and will lead us into a series of interactive writing exercises to transform our known and unknown family stories into vibrant poetry, fiction or non-fiction.

Skill Level

All curious writers welcome regardless of writing experience

Class Size

Minimum of 8, maximum of 20

Tools

Please bring a notebook and a pen.

Deadline to Register

April 3, 2020

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Pygmy Kayak Building

Instructor
Dates and Times

April 20-26, 2020, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location

BMC Shop

Tuition

$800 PLUS kit price.  Kit is purchased from Pygmy. Need to specify kit is for this class.

This class includes some pre-assembly by the instructor prior to the first day of class. To ensure costs are covered, a $200 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration. The $600 balance is due at least 30 days prior to day one of the class.

Description

Build an elegant stitch and glue solo kayak. This 7 day class is offered in conjunction with Pygmy Boats. Participants will leave the class with their kayak approximately 60% complete and with all the skills necessary to finish the boat at home.

Skill Level

No previous building experience necessary

Class Size

Minimum of 2, maximum of 4

Tools

A short list of readily available hand tools will be provided by the instructor prior to the class.

Deadline to Register

Two weeks prior to first day of class

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Sketchbook Approach: Habitat, plant, birds, butterflies and more

Instructor
Dates and Times

April 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2020, 1:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location

BMC West

Tuition

$55 members / $80 non-members

Description

Explore creating playful compositions of sketches and drawings in your sketchbook that will include plants, small habitats, butterflies, birds and other visual and text elements. Investigate shapes and forms of different flora and fauna, and experiment with various techniques using pencil, pens and colored pencils. We will be drawing butterflies or birds from photographs and plants from live specimens, so please bring both to class. Learning about native plants of the Pacific Northwest region and local butterflies or other pollinators will be encouraged.

Skill Level

All levels and skills welcome.

Class Size

Minimum of 6, maximum of 12

Tools

Please bring a pencil (H or F), kneaded eraser, sharpener, set of colored pencils (Prismacolor Premier or Faber Castell Polychromos) and Pigma Micron Pen 01 or 005, and your favorite sketchbook. Other supplies will be provided for class use.

Deadline to Register

March 26, 2020

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Half Hull Model

Instructor
Dates and Times

May 16, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and May 17, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location

BMC Shop

Tuition

$55 members / $65 non-members

Description

Learn how to create a beautiful half-hull boat model. In this class you will be shown how they were used to explore and design the shape of a boat. You will also learn how to read offset tables and understand how these are used to build a full-scale boat. Students will have a choice of models to build and will leave class with a completed ½ hull model.

Skill Level

Beginner. No previous experience necessary.

Class Size

Minimum of 4, maximum of 8

Tools

Tools will be provided, but if bringing your own, you’ll need: tri-square, ruler marked in 1/16”, half-round rasp, flat or four-in-one file, spokeshave, #2 Phillips screwdriver.

Deadline to Register

May 2, 2020

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Tool Sharpening

Instructor
Dates and Times

June 6, 2020, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location

BMC Shop

Tuition

$45 members / $65 non-members

Description

Sharp tools make any job easier and safer. In this workshop you will learn how to sharpen your planes and chisels using basic stones and strops, relying on hand-eye skills rather than expensive machines.

Skill Level

Beginner. No experience with hand tools necessary.

Class Size

Minimum of 4, maximum of 10

Tools

Bring hand tools that need to be sharpened.

Deadline to Register

May 23, 2020

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Pygmy Kayak Building

Instructor
Dates and Times

June 15-21, 2020, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location

BMC Shop

Tuition

$800 PLUS kit price.  Kit is purchased from Pygmy. Need to specify kit is for this class.

This class includes some pre-assembly by the instructor prior to the first day of class. To ensure costs are covered, a $200 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration. The $600 balance is due at least 30 days prior to day one of the class.

Description

Build an elegant stitch and glue solo kayak. This 7 day class is offered in conjunction with Pygmy Boats. Participants will leave the class with their kayak approximately 60% complete and with all the skills necessary to finish the boat at home.

Skill Level

No previous building experience necessary

Class Size

Minimum of 2, maximum of 4

Tools

A short list of readily available hand tools will be provided by the instructor prior to the class.

Deadline to Register

Two weeks prior to first day of class

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Basic Woodworking: Sea Chest

Instructor
Dates and Times

June 27 and 28, 2020, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location

BMC Shop

Tuition

$120 members / $140 non-members

Description

By creating a sea chest, students will learn 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.

Class Size

Minimum of 4, maximum of 6

Tools

Basic woodworking hand tools if you have them.

Deadline to Register

June 13, 2020

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Making Japanese Fish Prints

Instructor
Dates and Times

July 11, 2020, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.

Location

BMC Shop

Tuition

$40, includes shirt

Description

Fish prints or gyotaku originated about 100 years ago in Japan as a way for sports fisherment to record the exact size and species of fish they caught. Today, sports fishermen in Japan often display gyotaku as wall decorations in their home, or they keep them as a sort of journal to document their success in the sport. Join us in making your own creations with a variety of freshly caught Pacific Northwest fish.

Skill Level

All ages welcome. Under 13 accompanied by an adult.

Class Size

Minimum of 6, maximum of 20

Tools

A variety of fish, exclusive CRMM t-shirt and fabric paint provided. Students are encouraged to bring their own items (dish towels, children's clothing, hoodies, etc.).

Deadline to Register

June 27, 2020

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Pygmy Kayak Building

Instructor
Dates and Times

August 24-30, 2020, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location

BMC Shop

Tuition

$800 PLUS kit price.  Kit is purchased from Pygmy. Need to specify kit is for this class.

This class includes some pre-assembly by the instructor prior to the first day of class. To ensure costs are covered, a $200 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration. The $600 balance is due at least 30 days prior to day one of the class.

Description

Build an elegant stitch and glue solo kayak. This 7 day class is offered in conjunction with Pygmy Boats. Participants will leave the class with their kayak approximately 60% complete and with all the skills necessary to finish the boat at home.

Skill Level

No previous building experience necessary

Class Size

Minimum of 2, maximum of 4

Tools

A short list of readily available hand tools will be provided by the instructor prior to the class.

Deadline to Register

Two weeks prior to first day of class

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Fall Botanical Drawing

Instructor
Dates and Times

October 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2020, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Location

BMC West

Tuition

$55 members / $80 non-members

Description

Capture the magic of the fall in botanical drawing. Work in an expressive style or more traditional botanical illustration style. Draw fall fruit, mushrooms, fall leaves, seed pods, branches with lichen and anything else you discover while in nature. Develop basic drawing and observational skills through fun and engaging exercises. Learn how to incorporate line, value, shape, texture and color, as well as overall design and composition. Please bring an object of your choice to the first class.

Skill Level

All levels and skills welcome. Returning students may work on their own subject matter and will receive guidance as needed.

Class Size

Minimum of 6, maximum of 14

Tools

Bring a graphite H or F, pencil sharpener (Alvin brass bullet recommended), kneaded eraser or Tombow Mono Eraser, your favorite sketch book, set of colored pencils (Prismacolor Premier or Faber Castel Polychromos), or email Dorota for a list of colors as she recommends buying open stock and not sets.

Deadline to Register

September 24, 2020

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Pygmy Kayak Building

Instructor
Dates and Times

November 2-8, 2020, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location

BMC Shop

Tuition

$800 PLUS kit price.  Kit is purchased from Pygmy. Need to specify kit is for this class.

This class includes some pre-assembly by the instructor prior to the first day of class. To ensure costs are covered, a $200 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration. The $600 balance is due at least 30 days prior to day one of the class.

Description

Build an elegant stitch and glue solo kayak. This 7 day class is offered in conjunction with Pygmy Boats. Participants will leave the class with their kayak approximately 60% complete and with all the skills necessary to finish the boat at home.

Skill Level

No previous building experience necessary

Class Size

Minimum of 2, maximum of 4

Tools

A short list of readily available hand tools will be provided by the instructor prior to the class.

Deadline to Register

Two weeks prior to first day of class

Register

Call 503.325.2323