Make a Living, Craft a Life...
Welcome to the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding located in Port Hadlock, Washington. The Boat School is one of the best accredited educational institutions of its kind, attracting students from around world and as far away as Japan, Australia, England, South Korea, Austria, Canada, Taiwan, Ireland, Mexico, Scotland, and Tanzania. Our mission is to teach and preserve traditional and contemporary wooden boatbuilding skills, while developing the individual as a craftsman.
We offer two full-time programs at the boat school: a 12-month Associate of Occupational Studies degree (AOS) program and a 9-month diploma program.
Our instructors are master maritime craftsmen and inspiring industry leaders. As a team, our instructors share a devotion to the highest levels of craftsmanship. They are inspiring professionals with years of wooden boatbuilding experience before becoming teachers. This experience helps them successfully guide students in their personal career goals and aspirations. Our instructors value the art of teaching and supporting the success of all their students. These positive traits are distinguishing features of the School.
We offer both Traditional and Contemporary Wooden Boatbuilding. Our boatbuilding programs include: Traditional Small Wooden Boats, Traditional Large Wooden Boats, and Contemporary Wood Composite Boats, giving students a broad range of skills for careers in a variety of marine industries.
Career strands for our graduates are interesting and quite varied. These include work in boat yards, maritime museums, educational programs, boat design, architectural design, automotive design, charter services, tall-ship programs, wooden boat repair and restoration, yacht construction and yacht interiors, wooden boatbuilding, boat surveying and appraising, musical instrument building, home and business building construction, fine furniture making, boatbuilding coaching, and cabinetry. Graduates of the Contemporary Wood Composite Boatbuilding program have career strands in addition to those mentioned above, including, aerospace & rocket construction, wind energy, automotive design, engineering, moorings, buoys, marine docks, floats, water skis/wakeboards, surf boards, recreational watercraft, and jet boats.
The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). The ACCSC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. The School is also licensed under the Private Vocational Schools Act, Chapter 28C.10RCW of Washington State. Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution. Any donations made to the School are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.