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Spars, Paddles, Oars, and More

October 8–10 last day to register is October 1
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (one hour for lunch) | $379

A crash course in how to make a square piece of wood round. This 3-day course will walk participants 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 built their own set of spar gauges to take home to continue mastering the craft. Students in the class will also have the opportunity to learn birdsmouth construction of a small mast that will be utilized as a part of the Maritime Centers Fleet. Students will need to provide their own personal protective equipment to include work gloves, eye, and ear protection.

Register here.


Oct 08 - 10 2021


9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Oct 08 - 10 2021
  • 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 x100
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.

Northwest Maritime Center (FEIN # 91-1931643) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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