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.


2019 Classes


Introduction to Wood Carving

Instructor

Jim Bergeron

Dates and Times

January 18, 2019, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
January 19, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
January 20, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location

BMC Shop

Tuition

$55 members / $65 non-members

Description

This class covers basic skills for novice carvers with a focus on Northwest Coast Native American carving styles. You will be furnished with carving tools and wood plaques and will be shown basic carving techniques. You will also learn how to handle tools safely, lay out basic designs, and 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

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Pygmy Kayak Building

Instructor
Dates and Times

February 4-10, 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

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Exploring the River's Edge: Textures in Colored Pencils

Instructor
Dates and Times

February 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2019, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Location

BMC West

Tuition

$55 members / $80 non-members

Description

This drawing workshop will explore natural science illustration techniques specifically focusing on different textures. You will explore textures of bones, driftwood, feathers, shells, and rocks. The drawing will be from observation and includes experimenting with colored pencils, embossing tools, and blenders while practicing a variety of mark-making techniques.

Skill Level

All levels and skills welcome.

Class Size

Minimum of 6, maximum of 14

Tools

Please bring your own sketchbook (Strathmore 400 drawing or Strathmore toned tan drawing pads), pencil (H or F), kneaded eraser, and artist-quality colored pencils (Prismacolor Premier or Faber Castell Polychromes recommended). You may also want to purchase an embossing tool (Pergamano Fine Stylus 0.5mm) and a colorless blender of your choice. Please bring a seashell or other natural object to the first class. Other materials will be provided by instructor.

Deadline to Register

January 24

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Introduction to Fly Tying

Instructor

Henry Hoffman

Dates and Times

March 16-17, 2019, 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Location

BMC

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.

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. You are welcome, however, to bring your own gear.

Deadline to Register

March 8

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Making a West Greenland Kayak Paddle

Instructor

Chuck Bollong

Dates and Times

March 23 and 24, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location

BMC Shop

Tuition

$95 members / $110 non-members

Description

One-piece, Greenland style paddles are becoming increasingly popular amongst 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 each student 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 you will take home your 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

Tools

All materials supplied.

Deadline to Register

March 8

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Pygmy Kayak Building

Instructor
Dates and Times

April 8-14, 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

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Butterflies and Botanicals: Sketchbook Approach

Instructor
Dates and Times

April 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2019, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Location

BMC West

Tuition

$55 members / $80 non-members

Description

Explore drawing butterflies and botanicals using creative approaches in your sketchbook. Investigate butterflies' and plants’ structures and experiment with various techniques using pencil, pens and colored pencils. Learn how to design playful and interesting compositions for your sketchbook. We will be drawing butterflies 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 14

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. Other supplies will be provided by instructor.

Deadline to Register

March 22

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Introduction to Wood Carving

Instructor

Jim Bergeron

Dates and Times

April 26, 2019, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
April 27, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
April 28, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location

BMC Shop

Tuition

$55 members / $65 non-members

Description

This class covers basic skills for novice carvers with a focus on Northwest Coast Native American carving styles. You will be furnished with carving tools and wood plaques and will be shown basic carving techniques. You will also learn how to handle tools safely, lay out basic designs, and 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

April 19

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Making a Pacific Northwest Coast Indian Bentwood Box

Instructor
Dates and Times

June 1-2 AND June 22-23, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location

BMC Shop

Tuition

$125 members / $135 non-members
plus $50 materials fee to be paid to instructor on the first day of class

Description

Over millennia, Pacific Northwest native people developed many techniques for working the raw materials that were available in this region. One of the most innovative learned skills was a method for turning planks of western red cedar into beautiful boxes with one-piece sides, through a process of soaking and steaming. Traditional uses of the boxes were varied, as was their size, and included storage for food, clothing and even burials. While many were left plain, some were elaborately decorated with carving and paint. In this class, you will learn a method for replicating these boxes with modern tools, paralleling the traditional process.

Skill Level

No previous experience necessary.

Class Size

Minimum of 4, maximum of 8

Tools

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

Deadline to Register

May 24

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Pygmy Kayak Building

Instructor
Dates and Times

June 10-16, 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

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Tool Sharpening Class

Instructor
Dates and Times

June 29, 2019, 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

June 15

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Basic Woodworking: Sea Chest

Instructor
Dates and Times

July 13-14, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location

BMC Shop

Tuition

$120 members / $140 non-members

Description

By creating a sea chest, you will learn dovetail joinery, gluing, clamping, and the use of boat builder and woodworker hand tools. These skills 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 28

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Half Hull Model

Instructor
Dates and Times

July 20, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
AND July 21, 2019, 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 models 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” scale rule, hammer, half-round rasp, flat or four-in-one file, spokeshave, #2 Phillips screwdriver, utility knife.

Deadline to Register

July 5

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Pygmy Kayak Building

Instructor
Dates and Times

August 19-25, 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

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Introduction to Bronze Casting

Instructor
Dates and Times

September 14-15, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location

BMC Shop and Breezeway

Tuition

$120 members / $145 non-members

Description

Learn how to make patterns of simple boat parts, sculptures, door handles, or other architectural objects. Patterns will be molded in sand and then cast from molten bronze. Students will also be shown how to make their own basic furnace and foundry tools, pour bronze and finish the castings using a variety of hand and power tools.

Skill Level

Beginner

Class Size

Minimum of 4, maximum of 10

Tools

Leather shoes and natural fiber clothing. Safety glasses. Bring canvas or leather aprons if you own them. Basic woodworking tools for making patterns will be available, but numerous pre-made patterns will be available for use.

Deadline to Register

August 30

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Fall Woodland and Botanical Drawing

Instructor
Dates and Times

October 17, 24, 31 and November 7, 2019, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location

BMC West

Tuition

$55 members / $80 non-members

Description

Create beautiful portraits of various woodland fall collections of the coastal habitat: leaves, fall fruit, seed pods, cones, branches, bark or fungi. Explore realistic style using colored pencils and other supporting media. We will use traditional white background, toned paper, and walnut ink stained background (which mimics old manuscripts) and begin with loose sketching from observation. Working in a sketchbook, you will explore various colored pencil techniques (embossing, underpainting, and layering), experiment with creating textures, and discuss how to approach a composition. By the end of the workshop you will complete one or more dynamic and evocative portraits of woodland botanicals.

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

Please bring a pencil H or F, pencil sharpener (Alvin brass bullet recommended), kneaded eraser, Pigma Micron Pen 005 and artist quality set of colored pencils, (Prismacolor Premier or Faber Castel Polychromos).

Deadline to Register

October 3

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Pygmy Kayak Building

Instructor
Dates and Times

October 17-13, 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

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Pygmy Kayak Building

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

Register

Call 503.325.2323



Natural Science Illustration

Instructor

Dorota Haber-Lehigh

Time

1:30 - 4:30 PM

Dates

February 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2018

Tuition

$50 members / $75 non-members

Description

Explore techniques in drawing natural objects related to rivers and oceans. Practice how to render form, use line, value, shape, texture, color, proportion and perspective. Combine scientific inquiry with artistic rendition. Practice drawing from observation: seashells, crab shells, sea urchin shells, driftwood, animal bones and skulls, preserved birds and other objects.

Skill Level

All levels and skills welcome.

Tools

Please bring a seashell or two to the first class. Also bring graphite pencils (H or F), small sketchbook (toned grey or tan paper is best) and kneaded eraser. Other materials will be provided.

Class Size

Minimum of 6, maximum of 12

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Introduction to Wood Carving

Instructor

Jim Bergeron

Time

Friday, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Dates

February 16-18, 2018

Tuition

$40 members / $65 non-members

Description

Have you ever wanted to learn how to carve? This class will cover basic skills for novice carvers. 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.

Tools

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

Class Size

Minimum of 8, maximum of 15

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Spring Botanical Drawing

Instructor

Dorota Haber-Lehigh

Time

1:30 - 4:30 PM

Dates

April 5, 12, 26, and May 3, 2018

Tuition

$50 members / $75 non-members

Description

Spring botanical subjects will be the inspiration for this drawing class. We will be developing drawing and observational skills through fun and engaging exercises. You will explore different media and surfaces of paper with the main focus being colored pencils. Participants will learn the difference between scientific botanical illustration and expressive botanical drawing and will be encouraged to develop their own style and mark making. Drawing from observation will be emphasized.

Skill Level

All levels and skills welcome.

Tools

Please bring a sketchbook, H or F pencil, kneaded eraser, pencil sharpener, set of colored pencils (Prismacolor or Faber Castell Polychromos recommended). Other materials will be provided.

Class Size

Minimum of 6, maximum of 12

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Making a West Greenland Kayak Paddle

Instructor

Chuck Bollong

Time

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Dates

May 5-6, 2018

Tuition

$85 members / $100 non-members

Description

One-piece, Greenland-style paddles are becoming increasingly popular among kayakers. In this class, you will learn how to lay out the paddle profile onto clear, vertical-grain cedar, and the procedures for cutting out the blank. Pre-cut blanks will then be provided to 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.

Tools

 

Class Size

Minimum of 4, maximum of 6

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Tool Sharpening

Instructor

Darrin Fiscum

Time

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Dates

June 23, 2018

Tuition

$40 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.

Tools

Bring hand tools that need to be sharpened.

Class Size

Maximum of 10, minimum of 2

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Basic Woodworking: Sea Chest

Instructor

Darrin Fiscum

Time

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Dates

June 30-July 1, 2018

Tuition

$75 members / $100 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.

Tools

Basic woodworking hand tools if you have them.

Class Size

Minimum of 2, maximum of 6

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Introduction to Wood Carving

Instructor

Jim Bergeron

Time

Friday, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Dates

July 13-15, 2018

Tuition

$40 members / $65 non-members

Description

Have you ever wanted to learn how to carve? This class will cover basic skills 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.

Tools

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

Class Size

Minimum of 8, maximum of 15

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Half-Hull Model

Instructor

Steve Kessler

Time

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Sunday

Dates

July 21-22, 2018

Tuition

$50 members / $75 non-members

Description

Learn how to create a beautiful half-hull model and how to use half-hull 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 model.

Skill Level

Beginner. Helpful to have some previous experience with planes and chisels.

Tools

Tools will be provided, but if bringing your own, the suggested kit includes: tri-square, scale rule, dividers, hammer, half-round rasp, flat or four-in-one file, chisels and gouges, spokeshave, tape measure, #2 Phillips screwdriver, utility knife, sharpening stone.

Class Size

Minimum of 2, maximum of 8

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Introduction to Bronze Casting

Instructor

Sam Johnson

Time

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Dates

September 15-16, 2018

Tuition

$120 members / $145 non-members

Description

Learn how to make patterns of simple boat parts, sculptures, door handles or other architectural objects. Patterns will be molded in sand and then cast from molten bronze. Students will also be shown how to make their own basic furnace and foundry tools, pour bronze and finish the castings using a variety of hand and power tools.

Skill Level

Beginner

Tools

Leather shoes, natural fiber clothing and safety glasses. Bring canvas or leather aprons if you own them. Basic woodworking tools for making patterns will be available, but numerous pre-made patterns will be available for use.

Class Size

Minimum of 4, maximum of 10

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Fall Botanical Drawing and Painting

Instructor

Dorota Haber-Lehigh

Time

1:30 - 4:30 PM

Dates

October 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2018

Tuition

$50 members / $75 non-members

Description

Capture the magic of the fall in a botanical drawing. 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 to create a botanical illustration. We will explore ways to keep a sketchbook and experiment with different surfaces, including walnut ink-stained paper.

Skill Level

All levels and skills welcome.

Tools

Please bring H or F pencil, kneaded eraser, pencil sharpener, sketchbook, set of color pencils (Prismacolor or Faber Castell Polychromos recommended). Other materials will be provided.

Class Size

Minimum of 6, maximum of 12

Register

Call 503.325.2323


Introduction to Fly Tying

Instructor

Henry Hoffman

Time

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Dates

November 3, 10 and 17, 2018

Tuition

$45 members / $55 non-members

Description

Have you ever wanted to fish with a fly you tied yourself? This is a rare opportunity to learn the basics of fly tying from 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 and detailed book on Northwest region fly patterns will also be available for $10. Classes will be held on consecutive Saturdays in three, two-hour sessions. Please call the instructor for more information, 503.861.2627.

Skill Level

No previous experience necessary.

Class Size

Minimum of 5, maximum of 10

Tools

All tools and materials will be provided. If you have fly tying gear, please bring it.

Register

Call 503.325.2323