Traditional Wooden Boatbuilding Class

Location: Chesapeake Light Craft, Annapolis, MD
Dates: Wednesday, December 1, 2021 - Wednesday, February 23, 2022

This class has filled, but you can register for the waiting list.

Traditional Boatbuilding Classes at CLC

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This winter, John Harris will lead a traditional boatbuilding class at CLC, meeting Wednesdays from 6pm until 8:30 or 9 or so. 

We will be building a wooden lapstrake skiff from the 1930's and 1940's. Harris has chosen "Lark," a classic from the desk of William and John Atkin, prolific and masterful designers of small boats.

This is not a "build your own" class; we'll concentrate on building a single relatively complex boat, which will be raffled at the end of the series for the cost of materials.

CLC's classroom is heated, well-lit, and outfitted with every tool and convenience we could possibly need. (We won't hesitate to use power tools. They used bandsaws and so on in 1935, and this class isn't a time-travel stunt.)

Sign up for all 10 Wednesday evenings for $299, or drop in for $35 per class. Sign up for the whole series online, or give us a call. Drop-ins will pay on arrival.

The dates are: 

  • December 1st, 8th
  • January 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
  • February 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd


Class starts at 6pm, and will continue until between 8:30 and 9.

There are no other costs and you do not need to bring any tools, unless you have your own small hand tools you'd prefer to use (or learn how to tune and sharpen).

Skills and components you'll encounter in this class:

  • Visualizing three-dimensional hull shapes
  • Strongback and mold assembly
  • Traditional stem posts and splined transoms
  • Rolling bevels and curving joinery
  • "Lining off" planks
  • Cutting "gains" with a rabbet plane
  • Proper shaping of components such as thwarts and knees
  • Elegant finish carpentry including bead wales, chamfering, etc.
  • Spar building, if time allows
  • Finish prep for traditional coatings
  • Tool sharpening and care


Traditional Boatbuilding Classes

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