Join the apprentices and staff at The Apprenticeshop on Thursday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m., to try a hand at the craft of oar making.

This demonstration will cover all the main steps in shaping an oar. Those who wish may pick up a traditional hand tool and experience peeling into a piece of solid spruce. Oars in various stages of development will be shown, theories behind length determination will be discussed, and the positioning of oarlocks will be examined. This program is appropriate for all, children with an interest in building are encouraged to come accompanied by an adult.

The demonstration is part of Second Thursdays at The Apprenticeshop, the school’s monthly public program series. The Apprenticeshop is a school for traditional boatbuilding and seamanship located at 643 Main Street, Rockland.

Tickets are $5 at the door and benefit the school’s programs. A tour of current projects in the shop will be available after the demonstration. Boats under construction include an 18-foot Buzzard’s Bay sloop, an 11-foot Frank Day row boat, a 12-foot Lawley tender, the Apprentice 15 (a double ended, lapstrake sloop designed in house) and three Susan skiffs. For more information visit or call 594-1800.