The Apprenticeshop, a school for traditional boatbuilding and seamanship in Rockland, is opening its doors to prospective students and the local community Saturday, Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hands-on workshops, tours, discussions and a Q&A will highlight The Apprenticeshop’s 9-month and 12-week courses.

Since 1972, The Apprenticeshop has been dedicated to inspiring personal growth through boatbuilding, craftsmanship, community and traditions of the sea. Craftsmanship is developed as apprentices work alongside a master builder to learn the traditional methods of wooden boatbuilding. Seamanship is practiced as apprentices sail vessels built by the shop, and the shop itself is maintained by the apprentice community. The program has become a catalyst for the revival of traditional wooden boatbuilding and an integral part of the greater Rockland community.

During the open house, hands-on workshops will be available both in the morning and the afternoon. Two-hour workshops begin at 10 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. Under the guidance of an Apprenticeshop instructor, participants will learn how to craft wooden mast hoops, an important part of traditional boatbuilding. Sailing and rowing sessions, weather dependent, will also be offered by the instructors and apprentices. This is an opportunity to experience traditional wooden boats out on the water. Space and materials are limited, so be sure to contact the office to secure a place.

Throughout the day shop tours will be provided by instructors, apprentices and staff members. Come see the shop, learn about the tools, the boats, and what it is like to be an apprentice boat builder. Taking a guided tour through the shop provides a glimpse into what goes into making a traditional wooden boat, and learn more about the core, advanced and intensive programs.

To register for a tour or workshop please contact 594-1800 or email The Apprenticeshop is located at 643 Main St. in Rockland.