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All Hands Boatworks in the Spotlight

We are proud to share news about our programs and events with our community. Our latest fundraisers, partnerships, and community outreach initiatives are highlighted in our news section. Stay connected with All Hands Boatworks and follow our progress as we strive to provide opportunities for youth to develop skills and gain confidence through the craft of boat building. Click the images to take you to the news segment..

At All Hands Boatworks, mentors connect with kids through boatbuilding

April 11 2024

A youth mentorship program that uses boatbuilding to teach carpentry skills (PDF)


'Show Me Milwaukee' spotlight: All Hands Boatworks

Sept 20 2023

Nonprofit teaches local kids how to build boats and build community.

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All Hands Boat Works builds community by teaching young people to build boats

June 5 2023

There are long boats and short boats afloat on the boundless sea! The best ships are friendships; long may that ever be!


Milwaukee teens build boats from scratch at All Hands Boatworks

July 22 2022

Twenty-five Milwaukee area high school students spent the week working with experts, learning how to use tools and work together in small groups toward a goal -- building a boat that actually floats. 

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'All Hands Boatworks' offering free community rowing twice this week 

July 6 2020

The organization "All Hands Boatworks" will provide the 12-foot wooden row boats built themselves by Milwaukee-area youth.

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My Wisconsin Backyard | Web Series | All Hands Boatworks 

Aug 27 2021

Some Milwaukee youth are sharpening their woodworking skills by building rowboats. Our cameras went with them the first time that they launched one into the water and went for a ride.

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Sunday Morning Spotlight: All Hands Boatworks

Mar 4 2018

Mike Strehlow meets Bill Nimke the founder of All Hands Boatworks, a unique program in Milwaukee that inspires young people, especially those challenged by socioeconomic or educational hurdles to develop skills, determination, and confidence through constructing boats.

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"That’s what it’s all about:" Students set sail in boats built by hand during week-long summer camp

Oct 3 2017

With a splash of water for an age-appropriate christening, a new fleet of ships set sail on the Menomonee River Tuesday, October 3rd.

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"Phenomenal accomplishment:" Milwaukee-area students learn trades while building boats

Jul 29 2017

A summer camp took learning well beyond the classroom for a group of Milwaukee-area students. They've created boats while building their future all at the same time.

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