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Community Programs

At All Hands Boatworks, we believe in the power of community and strive to provide accessible opportunities for people to get involved and learn more about woodworking. These programs are open to the public and welcome everyone to join us. By participating in these community programs, you can learn new skills, meet new people, and contribute to our local community.    We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events!

Build Your Own Cutting Board

This is an introductory woodworking workshop to learn basic wood milling practices to prepare parts for joining, clamping and joint glue-up, leveling surfaces via plane or drum sander, finish cutting, sanding and oiling of board.  Each participant will be provided the materials and instruction to build and take home their own hand-crafted 9” x 14” cutting board. 

DATE: Tuesday & Thursday, January 16th & 18th 2024

TIME: 5:00pm - 7:00pm  

COST: $50/per person

CLASS SIZE: 4-8 people

Women's Boatbuilding

This 6 week skill building workshop is designed for community members, 18+, who identify as women, with any level of wood working experience. We will learn by working on a 12’ ft wooden “pocket cruiser” Scamp sailboat. We will also build skills by working on plenty of individual woodworking projects.

DATE: Session 1 is Thursdays Jan 11-Feb 22,

          Session 2 is Thursdays Feb 29-April 4

TIME: 5:00pm - 7:00pm

COST: $150/per person + supplies

CLASS SIZE: 4-10 people

Tool Sharpening

This is an introductory woodworking workshop to learn basic tool sharpening on grinding, sharpening and finishing cutting tool edges.  This class will teach you the basics and include hands-on training to sharpen cutting blades of hand tools focusing on chisels and hand planes.  The workshop will include a discussion of various degrees of tool damage/condition and steps to remedy each situation.  Participants are encouraged (but not required) to bring one or more chisels or hand planes to practice sharpening. 

DATE: Saturday, January 27th 2024

TIME: 9:00am - 11:00pm

COST: $30/per person

CLASS SIZE: 4-8 people

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Past Classes & Workshops


Get a first-hand introduction to the basics of bright finishing.  Learn proper techniques to address problem areas, how to apply varnish, and/or paint prepared surfaces.

Build Your Own Toboggan

Join us at the shop to make your own family heirloom wooden toboggan out of beautiful ash or other selected hardwoods. 


Build your own laminated paddle. Learn a combination of modern and traditional woodworking skills, including the use of the drawknife, spokeshave and scraper. Learn to apply epoxy and polyurethane glues.

Shop Talk Nights

A wintertime lecture series offered at the Boatworks shop.

Build your own Echo Bay Dory Skiff

Learn boatbuilding skills while building your own 12’ Echo Bay Dory Skiff. Start with precision-cut hull components for the rowing version of the boat and leave with a skiff ready to prepare for painting and your first row. Can be converted to sail with further work!

Carve your own Nameboard

Change the textLearn the basic skills necessary to carve a personalized nameboard.  Each participant takes home their own carving.and make it your own. Click here to begin editing.

Saturdays in the Shop

Hands-on woodcraft projects for children and an adult offered periodically at the Boatworks’ shop on Saturday mornings.

Build your own Compass Outboard Skiff

A great way to introduce youth to building, owning, and maintaining their first boat. On the water, she will bring a lot of joy to the family. The 10’ Compass Skiff is stable, roomy, and fun.

Half-Hull Model Making

Treat yourself to an introduction to the fundamentals of boat design and then create your own beautiful half-hull model to hang on your wall for years to come.

Women’s Woodworking

Learn the basics of woodworking while safely learning how to use both power and hand tools.  Learn to read plans, create a cut list, mill the wood, and laminate and fine tune their piece.  Each participant will take home their own handmade mallet and new confidence.

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