Great Lakes Boat Building School


2014 Graduate Kris Kindt returns to GLBBS as an assistant instructor

We remain very proud of our graduates and the successes that they are experiencing in their respective careers.  It is particularly gratifying to have one return as an assistant instructor because in doing so, he is validating his belief in GLBBS’s program and his desire to convey this to his students.

A native of Holland, MI, Kris Kindt entered GLBBS in September 2012, coming directly out of high school.  He had learned of the School through WoodenBoat magazine, having dreamed of one day having his own shop, building and restoring boats.  To quote from his profile in that December’s printed issue of Stem2Stern, “he loves anything that can be done outdoors: hunting, fishing, landscaping, and helping out at his family’s farm in Alpena or cutting wood at their hunting camp.  He not only plays guitar, but is designing and building one.  He helped run the soundboard at his church, playing the trumpet and/or baritone in the instrumentalist group.  He enjoys cooking and (according to a family member) makes the best venison steak, using every spice in the drawer! Kris’ trademark is his incredible smile, which seems to never leave his face.”

Kris obviously loves the Les Cheneaux area and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula because he remained here through the following summer and served as crew on a 74-ft. yacht cruising Lake Superior.  After finishing his second year, he worked at Michigan Maritime Museum and then moved on to the Wooden Runabout Company in Holland.

Kris began his instructional time at GLBBS in September of 2016.  In his own words, “I accepted this position because the projects are very unique and the work ethic is great.  I really love being in the shop and sharing my knowledge with the students.”

To learn a little more about Kris – please visit his profile here.