Open house at The Apprenticeshop

Feb 19, 2014

Rockland — The Apprenticeshop, a school for traditional boatbuilding and seamanship in Rockland is opening its doors to prospective students and the local community Saturday, March 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hands-on workshops, tours, discussions and a Q&A will highlight The Apprenticeshop’s 9-month core and advanced training programs, as well as its 12-week intensive course.

During the open house, there will be ongoing demonstrations of steam bending, making traditional wooden mast hoops, and wooden toboggan building. Throughout the day, shop tours will be provided by instructors, apprentices and staff members.

Current apprentices are busy building two John Atkin Nina sailing dinghies and a Herreshoff Columbia skiff. The Atkin dinghies are small craft suitable for rowing or sailing, and were designed in the late 1940s. The Columbia skiff is a classic, designed by Nathanael Herreshoff in 1899 as a tender for his larger, 131-foot, America's Cup contender Columbia, built for the New York Yacht club. Both these historic designs are being traditionally built here in our shop. Frames have been steam bent, and the sides planked in the same way they would have been in the shops where the designs originated.

The Apprenticeshop is currently accepting applications for its three major programs: core, advanced and intensive. For more information please contact The Apprenticeshop at 594-1800 or email Application for enrollment and further reference information can be found at

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