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Paddles, Oars, Spars, and More

Weekend Workshop: Paddles, Oars, Spars, and More

September 28–October 1 last day to register is September 15
9 AM – 5 PM (one hour for lunch) | $499

A crash course in how to make a square piece of wood round. This three-day course will walk you through the process of laying out and shaping spars, paddles, and oars. Students will receive demonstrations in both traditional and more contemporary building techniques while utilizing a number of hand and power tools. Students will have the choice of building a set of oars, a pair of paddles, or a small solid spar to take home as well as build their own set of spar gauges to take home to continue mastering the craft. Students in the class will also learn birdsmouth construction of a small mast that will be utilized as part of the Northwest Maritime Center’s fleet. Students will need to provide their own personal protective equipment, including work gloves, eye, and ear protection. This class has a three-student minimum.

Register here.


Sep 28 2023 - Oct 01 2023


9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Sep 28 2023 - Oct 01 2023
  • Time: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm


431 Water Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368


Northwest Maritime Center

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