9:30am to 5pm daily
1792 Marine Drive, Astoria, OR
503.325.2323

Classes

The Columbia River Maritime Museum is pleased to present classes in wooden boat building and courses in traditional maritime crafts at the Barbey Maritime Center. They are drawn from both Western and Native American maritime cultures and are suitable for a wide variety of interests and skill levels.

Pygmy Kayak Building Class

Instructor

Chuck Bollong

Time

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Dates
  • April 3-9, 2017
  • June 12-18, 2017
  • July 31-August 6, 2017
  • October 2-8, 2017
  • December 4-10, 2017
Tuition

$800 plus kit price from Pygmy

Description

Build an elegant stitch and glue kayak. These are 7-day classes offered in conjunction with Pygmy Boats. Participants leave the class with their kayak approximately 60 percent complete, and with all the skills necessary to finish their boat at home. Please call the Museum or email the instructor for more information.

Skill Level

No previous building experience necessary.

Class Size

Minimum of 3, maximum of 4

Tools

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

Register

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Fall Botanical Drawing and Painting

Instructor

Dorota Haber-Lehigh

Time

1:30 - 4:30 PM

Dates

October 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2017

Tuition

$40 members / $65 non-members

Description

Capture the magic of the fall in a botanical illustration, combining color pencils and watercolor pencils. 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.

Skill Level

All levels and skills welcome.

Tools

Please bring Fall fruit of your choice to first class. 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

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Natural Science Illustration

Instructor

Dorota Haber-Lehigh

Time

1:30 - 4:30 PM

Dates

February 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2017

Tuition

$40 members / $65 non-members

Description

Explore art techniques in drawing natural objects related to rivers and oceans. Learn how to use line, value, shape, texture, and perspective to create realistic depictions of the natural world. In this class you will combine scientific inquiry with artistic rendition. We will practice drawing from observation: seashells, crab shells, sea urchin shells, driftwood, animal bones and skulls, preserved birds and other objects. Whether you are a true beginner or looking for a challenge, all you need is a curiosity about the natural world.

Skill Level

All levels and skills welcome.

Tools

Please bring a seashell or two to the first class. Also bring a variety of pencils (H or F, 4B or 6B), kneaded eraser, sharpener, ruler, sketchbook.

Class Size

Minimum of 6, maximum of 12

Register

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Northwest Twined Pouch

Instructor

Pat Courtney Gold

Time

9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Dates

March 25, 2017

Tuition

$55 members / $65 non-members

Description

In this class, the participants will create a fun project. The pouch will be twined using northwest fibers: cedar bark, sedge and cattail leaves. Participants will learn how to soak, size, splice and twine plant fibers. A traditional folded-warp rim will finish the pouch, approximately 3.5 inches diameter and 4 inches tall.

Skill Level

Some twining experience preferred.

Tools

Tools needed: awl, scissors, small plant pruners, measuring tape, spray bottle, kitchen-size plastic bag, towel and pocket knife. Optional: note paper, pencils, apron, baskets to share (option), band-aids, and/or embellishments: beads, small stones (rattle), shells, etc.

Class Size

Minimum of 4, maximum of 8

Register

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Traditional Twined Basket

Instructor

Pat Courtney Gold

Time

9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Dates

April 8, 2017

Tuition

$60 members / $70 non-members

Description

You will learn the “Z-twine”—the traditional Wasco start at the base, and you will have options to finish the rim. You will learn to size and splice the plant fibers, and also learn the cross warp technique. This class will use traditional plant fibers: tule, cattail leaves, sedge grass, and possibly others. Materials will be supplied. You will finish a basket approximately 5 inches diameter and 6 inches tall.

Skill Level

Some twining experience preferred.

Tools

Tools needed: awl, scissors, small plant pruners, measuring tape, spray bottle, kitchen-size plastic bag, towel and pocket knife. Optional: note paper, pencils, apron, baskets to share (option), band-aids, and/or embellishments: beads, small stones (rattle), shells, etc.

Class Size

Minimum of 4, maximum of 8

Register

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Leatherworking for Boaters

Instructor

Kenneth Meyer

Time

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Dates

April 15, 2017

Tuition

$45 members / $55 non-members

Description

Introductory leatherworking skills for maritime applications. This class will focus on some simple uses of leather for boats. Students will learn about leather types and their uses, how to leather an oar (or walking stick), make a sheath for a knife or a fid and more.

Skill Level

Beginner

Tools

All tools and materials will be provided.

Class Size

Minimum of 5, maximum of 10

Register

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Traditional Northwest Coast Drum

Instructor

Jim Bergeron

Time

April 22, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
April 23, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
April 29, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Dates

April 22, 23 and 29, 2017

Tuition

$65 members / $80 non-members

Description

Make a traditional-style Northwest coast drum and finish it with an authentic regional design.

Skill Level

Beginner

Tools

All tools and materials will be provided.

Class Size

Minimum of 4, maximum of 8

Register

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Spring Botanical Drawing

Instructor

Dorota Haber-Lehigh

Time

1:30 - 4:30 PM

Dates

April 27, May 4, 11, and 18, 2017

Tuition

$40 members / $65 non-members

Description

Explore the fundamentals of botanical drawing while learning about native plants of the Pacific Northwest region. Develop basic drawing and observational skills through fun and engaging exercises. Learn how to incorporate color pencils with other media (pen and ink and watercolor pencils) to create a botanical illustration. Participants will learn the difference between scientific illustration and botanical drawing and will leave the class with a better appreciation of native plants. 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

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Traditional Chinook-style Basket with Red Cedar Bark

Instructor

Pat Courtney Gold

Time

9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Dates

April 29-30, 2017

Tuition

$65 members / $75 non-members

Description

Participants will learn working with red cedar bark and will learn plaiting and twining techniques to create a small cedar bark storage basket. The first day, the class will twill-plait cedar bark strips for the bottom, then begin the twine using sedge. We will create a braided cedar bark strip to use in the basket. The second day, you will learn to split the wefts and do a cross warp weave. A traditional folded-warp rim will finish the basket. The finished basket is approximately 4 inches square.

Skill Level

Some previous weaving experience preferred.

Tools

Tools needed: awl, scissors, small plant pruners, measuring tape, spray bottle, kitchen-size plastic bag, towel and pocket knife. Optional: note paper, pencils, apron, baskets to share (option), band-aids, and/or embellishments: beads, small stones (rattle), shells, etc.

Class Size

Minimum of 4, maximum of 8

Register

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Northwest Style Basket with Rattle Lid

Instructor

Pat Courtney Gold

Time

9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Dates

May 6-7, 2017

Tuition

$67 members / $77 non-members

Description

Participants will learn to create a basket with a rattle lid. You will weave a basket the first day and rattle lid the second day. Plants include: cedar bark, tule, cattail leaves, sedge. Materials will be supplied and participants are encouraged to bring “rattle” items: shells, charms, pebbles, beads, etc. Basket will be approximately 4 inches diameter and 4.5 inches tall.

Skill Level

Previous twining or weaving experience required.

Tools

Tools needed: awl, scissors, small plant pruners, measuring tape, spray bottle, kitchen-size plastic bag, towel and pocket knife. Optional: note paper, pencils, apron, baskets to share (option), band-aids, and/or embellishments: beads, small stones (rattle), shells, etc.

Class Size

Minimum of 4, maximum of 8

Register

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Learning to Make a West Greenland Kayak Paddle

Instructor

Chuck Bollong

Time

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Dates

May 13-14, 2017

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 layout 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 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

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Tool Sharpening

Instructor

Darrin Fiscum

Time

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Dates

June 24, 2017

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

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Basic Woodworking: Sea Chest

Instructor

Darrin Fiscum

Time

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Dates

July 1, 2017

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

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V-style Storage Basket

Instructor

Pat Courtney Gold

Time

9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Dates

July 8, 2017

Tuition

$62 members / $72 non-members

Description

This is a rare open-weave storage basket in the shape of a V. Participants will learn a different twined base and various rim endings and will work with tule warps and Z-twine with split cattail leaves. The instructor will share her Native heritage throughout the class.

Skill Level

Previous twining experience preferred.

Tools

Tools needed: awl, scissors, small plant pruners, measuring tape, spray bottle, kitchen-size plastic bag, towel and pocket knife. Optional: note paper, pencils, apron, baskets to share (option), band-aids, and/or embellishments: beads, small stones (rattle), shells, etc.

Class Size

Minimum of 4, maximum of 8

Register

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Introduction to Bronze Casting

Instructor

Sam Johnson

Time

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Dates

July 15-16, 2017

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

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Half-Hull Model

Instructor

Steve Kessler

Time

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

Dates

October 14-15, 2017

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

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