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Paddles, Oars, Spars, and More

Weekend Workshop: Paddles, Oars, Spars, and More

A crash course in how to make a square piece of wood round. This four-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, and will also get to build their own set of spar gauges to continue mastering the craft at home. 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.

September 28–October 1, 2024 last day to register is September 20
9 AM – 5 PM (one hour for lunch) | $459 member, $499 non-member

Adult Classes / Boatshop Workshops



Sep 28 2024 - Oct 01 2024


9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Sep 28 2024 - Oct 01 2024
  • Time: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm


431 Water Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368


Northwest Maritime Center

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431 Water Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368
Phone: 360.385.3628
Fax: 360.385.4742


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The mission of the Northwest Maritime Center is to engage and educate people of all generations in traditional and contemporary maritime life, in a spirit of adventure and discovery.

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