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Dear Friends,

Welcome to our 2019 website. This season marks our 39th year as an education center for all those interested in gaining access to experience in boatbuilding, wooden boat maintenance and repair, boat design, woodworking, metalworking, sailing, kayaking, and much, much more. WoodenBoat School remains committed to preserving the spirit of tradition in wood and craftsmanship that permeates our 64-acre saltwater campus. Located on the beautiful coast of Maine, our program appeals to a diverse group of people from different backgrounds from all over the world who come to Brooklin to learn and work in a creative environment. We take great pride in the fact that WoodenBoat School is one of those places that seems to bring out the best in people. Students are inspired by the time they spend here.

Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or more advanced boatbuilder, woodworker, sailor, or craftsperson, we have classes and instructors to help you develop a wide range of skills and instill confidence in the shop and on the water. We’ll provide you with a friendly and talented staff, outstanding faculty, good food, and comfortable accommodations. It’s an easy place to relax and enjoy yourself; a “home away from home” for many.

We tend to focus on a “hands on” learning approach using hands and minds together. Consider how you felt the last time you made something by hand. Doing something interesting, being creative, discovering new talents; these quite often bring an individual limitless pleasure, inspiration, and satisfaction. Keep that in mind as you look through our website. Have questions? Just pick up the phone (207-359-4651) or send us an , and we’ll be glad to provide you with plenty of information. I encourage you to try something new this year and discover the adventure and skills of the wooden boat community. It will be a worthwhile experience that will be treasured for years to come. Everyone is welcome!

Rich Hilsinger