Wooden Boat School
WOODEN BOAT SCHOOL SHOP AT 7 A.M ON A MAINE MORNING
In the little town of Brooklin, Maine, on the Down East Coast, there's a place called Wooden Boat School (WBS). Every summer a group of the best boatbuilders/designers in the United States and Canada go there to teach the craft of wooden boatbuilding. Courses include the building of skiffs, kayaks, canoes, prams, wherries, and a variety of other boats. There are also courses in seamanship, joiner work, marine carving, and more. Most of the courses are a week long and start on a Monday morning.
|View from the loft of WBS Shop||The pond behind the WBS Shop|
|The WBS Dormitory||The WBS Dormitory Living Room/Library|
|Half model in the WBS Dining Room||WBS Dining Room|
|WBS wooden/antique boat fleet||Brooklin General Store|
|Students assemble a stem and transom||A partially completed "Charlotte" by Tom Hill|
WBS maintains a dormitory and dining room for it's students. Accommodations are reasonable and the food is out of this world! Also available is a campground, Laundromat, and a fleet of wooden boats which the students may use before and after classes. Wooden Boat School ranks as one of my all-time great experiences and I would recommend it to anyone. For more information, check out the WBS site at: www.thewoodenboatschool.com.
Note: I attended WBS almost 10 years ago, which is when these photos were taken. Hopefully, little has changed.