Facebook logo Instagram logo
The WoodenBoat School logo
Register Online

Small-Boat Joinery

Paying attention to details.

Tuition: $900

Note: This course will cover a lot of material and be fast-paced. It is not intended to be an introductory woodworking/boatbuilding class. Therefore, previous woodworking and/or boatbuilding experience is required. This is a six-day course ending Sturday afternoon.

Runabout photo

Here’s a week that promises to be a fulfilling and challenging one with plenty of opportunity to learn how to build, fit, and install the intricate parts required to fit out small boats. Participants in this course will continue interior work on several cold-molded boats begun by students in previous classes—Bill Garden’s Tom Cat and Joel White’s Catspaw Dinghy. The joinerwork of a small boat is particularly exacting because there is nowhere to hide slipshod work; nowhere to bury rough joints out of sight.

Runabout photo

Veteran boatbuilder Greg Bauer will teach you how to create elegant parts and gorgeous, tight-fitting joints for a boat you’ll be proud to varnish. The course is designed to be a follow-up to some of our traditional boat construction and plywood/epoxy hull building classes and very useful to anyone completing a small boat. Many of the acquired skills and techniques can be transferred to big boats as well. Greg will start the week describing how to organize a project as complicated as finishing a boat. Students will learn how to work from boat plans and drawings. The versatility of accurate patterning of parts will be described and demonstrated.

You’ll learn about making curved parts by epoxy laminating and steam-bending. The importance of precise measurement and layout will be explored in depth, as well as how to accurately scribe and fit parts such as the breasthook, quarter knees, floor timbers, bulkheads, thwarts and keel, skeg and deadwood. You’ll learn how to use epoxy, other glues, and bedding compounds and become familiar with woodworking in three dimensions with no right angles in sight.

Working at the bench or in the boat, you’ll refine your skills and techniques with a wide variety of boatbuilding tools, both stationary and handheld. Greg will share many tips, tricks, and jigs to make each job easier and faster, as well as good looking—all of this while being conscious that the painter/varnisher, spar builder, rigger, and hardware installer are looking over our shoulder to see how we have left things for them.

Greg Bauer, in my opinion, has all the qualities of a great instructor. He has an excellent personality to teach along with knowledge, experience, and patience. He is a serious boatbuilder whose happiness in his craft is evident and he projects this joy for all his students to take in. I’m so glad I got to work with him.”
A.S., Williamsburg, Massachusetts
Learning how to deal with compound angles in boatbuilding has to be one of the most challenging aspects of boat construction, yet mastery of this technique is required in so many aspects of building a boat, whether it be installing centerboard bedlogs, floor timbers, deckbeams, bulkheads, or a myriad of other applications. How pleasing it is to learn this and other techniques in two weeks under the tutelage of two of your best instructors, Greg Bauer and Eric Stockinger. Thanks for a splendid and very useful two weeks!”
T.B., Virginia Beach, Virginia