Great Lakes Boat Building School

GLBBS Summer 2016 Workshops offered something for everyone…

…from building kayaks and paddleboards to casting wolf prints!

GLBBS’s full-time instructors, Andy James and Pat Mahon, along with the assistance of Eric Seefeld, Brian Nettleton, and GLBBS class of ’17 student Mark Pugh, instructed the Chesapeake Light Craft (CLC) boatbuilding classes.  Between the Build Your Own Boat (BYOB) and Artisan Classes like Strip Planking or Metal Casting, 60-some students attended from all corners of the country.  GLBBS student Jim Nelson worked as a shop assistant throughout this past summer.

The BYOB Workshop classes included building Northeaster dories, Annapolis wherries, lapstrake dinghies, both Shearwater and Wood Duck kayaks, Eastport Prams, Sassafras canoes, Skerry daysailers, and the very popular Kaholo Standup Paddleboards.

This was the 8th year for Dr. Dan Fields’ very popular, hands-on, two-day classes in bronze and aluminum casting, held at his nearby foundry.  Dan always contributes his time to the School, and he and his wife Linda Henderson, provide great lunches to boot!  He lets his students choose their projects, such as casting from wolf prints found on his property.  Pat Mahon also delivered a 3-day class on building your own strip planked canoe.

UPDATE: The expanded Summer 2017 BYOB and Artisan Workshop schedule has been posted.  Please click here for more details.