Great Lakes Boat Building School

Scholarships Help Launch Careers

As a student at GLBBS, Tom Ruddy is known for his dry sense of humor and his exacting craftsmanship. He tells Stem2Stern that he enjoys working with and interacting with his classmates, as well as “learning new skills and different approaches to woodworking and boat building each and every day.” Tom’s Mother, Elaine, recently wrote […]

Posted: January 5, 2019 | View More »

On Giving…

We can’t express how important your support of GLBBS is to the future of the School and our students.  Likewise, while there are many things we could write about current first-year student Sam Hill, we think his mother’s words are more heartfelt and eloquent than anything we could author.  Following is her recent letter, edited, […]

Posted: January 2, 2017 | View More »

The Van Lokerens Preserve a Vital Piece of GLBBS History

In 2007, Patrick Mahon, as GLBBS lead instructor, chose a design by the prominent, Michigan-born naval architect, Nelson Zimmer, who had just passed away, to be the first major boat-building project for the School. Originally drawn as a fishing tender on the Great Lakes, with a unique forward helm, Zimmer had modified the plans to […]

Posted: July 6, 2016 | View More »