Beginning in early July, the Apprenticeshop will begin summer wood and metal workshops and on-the-water programs for youth and adults.

The workshop season begins Tuesday, July 5, with a summer youth boatbuilding program for students in grades six through 12. During this two-week program, participants learn the basics of boatbuilding and woodworking while constructing Optimist prams, and receiving an introduction to basic seamanship and sailing terminology while working in a group led by experienced boatbuilders.

Community Sailing uses Optimists to teach seamanship and sailing to beginner and intermediate sailors from June through October. Those who sign up for this workshop receive a 5-percent discount on any summer sailing class. This is a chance to build it and sail it, Monday through Friday, July 5 to 15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $560.

On Monday, July 18, master metalsmith Doug Borkman of the Rhode Island School of Design returns to the Apprenticeshop for his popular three-day bronze casting workshop. This class covers all the basics of bronze casting: pattern making, sand casting, pouring bronze, polishing and finishing.

Doug is an expert in metallurgy and provides students with a comprehensive background in casting methods. He teaches wood and metal shop practice in the BFA and MFA sculpture programs at RISD and has previously taught at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine. The workshop is offered Monday through Wednesday, July 18 to 20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $425.

New this year is “Building with Bella: Shop Skills and Making Stuff,” a girls-only woodworking class for ages 10 through 13. This one-week class will empower participants to imagine and build under the tutelage of Bella Pierson, local designer and builder for IZP in Rockland, and an Apprenticeshop graduate from its two-year program.

Each participant in this workshop will learn to draw, measure, cut and assemble through a series of hands-on exercises. Jig saws, cordless drills and hammers are just a few of the tools students will learn to use safely.

Each participant will build her own keepsake box to store special things or secret treasures. Once the boxes are complete, students will walk next door to the Steel House to work with local artist Alexis Iammarino. There they will learn to draw, paint and design the surfaces of their creations. This class is offered Monday through Friday, July 25 to 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $285.

Class size is limited for all summer workshops; interested participants are encouraged to register early.

On-the-water summer programming begins in late June and runs through August. Sailing lessons are available for youth and adults of all skill levels. Scholarships are available.

And new this year: a Boat Livery for members and non-members to rent row or sail boats by the hour. The goal of the Boat Livery is to get the Midcoast community connected to Rockland Harbor aboard a fleet of traditional wooden boats.

The Apprenticeshop is a center for traditional wooden boatbuilding, sailing and seamanship located at 655 Main St. in Rockland’s North End. For more information, call 594-1800 or visit