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Build a viking faering boat at the Northwest Maritime Center

Viking Faering Boatbuilding

Taught by Jay Smith. Please note date change from printed Program Guide.

The fjords and channels along the coast of western Norway have been the highways of trade and transport for over two millennia, and the lapstrake færing has played a pivotal role in the lives of thousands of Norwegians through the centuries. Developed and refined even before the Viking Age, these double-enders are known for their elegance and simplicity.

In this course, the emphasis will be on building by eye with traditional hand tools such as axes, drawknives, and spokeshaves. Using plumb bobs and plumb board, students will experience boat building without lofting or moulds. Hand-forged iron rivets, wool yarn, pine tar, treenail fastenings and natural grown crooks will take the student back in time to an era when planks were riven from trees close at hand, iron was a precious resource, and skills were passed orally from one generation to the next.

Join the crew for ten days of hands-on traditional boatbuilding with Viking shipwright and historian, Jay Smith.

July 29 – August 9 | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM | $950 | Member $855


Jul 29 2019 - Aug 09 2019


9:00 am - 5:00 pm



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