9:30am to 5pm daily

1792 Marine Drive
Astoria, OR
97103
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.


Upcoming Classes


Pygmy Kayak Building Class

Instructor

Chuck Bollong

Time

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Dates
  • August 20-26, 2018
  • October 15-21, 2018
  • December 3-9, 2018
Tuition

$800 plus kit price from Pygmy (specify that kit is for a class)

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 2, maximum of 4

Tools

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

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

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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