Saturday Class

Learning the Fundamental Skills for Constructing

Traditional Plank-on-Frame Wooden Boats.

Photo on the right: The Arques School’s replica of Syd Foster’s “Dolphin” built almost entirely from local fir and pepperwood milled by Arques School staff and students.



Adding deck beams and cabin structure.


This class runs from 9am to 3pm every Saturday except on holidays, (the latter not counted as part of the six months of class time).

The Saturday Class offers training in the proper use of hand tools necessary for traditional wooden boatbuilding.  

Prospective students should first email the School to schedule a visit to introduce themselves.

After an initial school visit, applicants may request to attend a free audit of the class from 9am to 3pm.  If still interested, the applicant may apply to join the class.  If the class is full, the applicant may be added to the waiting list.  

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This class is recommended for amateurs with some woodworking experience and also for experienced woodworkers. The focus is on the proper use of hand-tools and learning the various construction methods used in traditional wooden boatbuilding. Lapstrake and carvel planking are taught at the boatshop.

Number of students: This class is limited to 6 students.

Instructor:  Bob Darr.


$550 (U.S.) per student for six months. One half is to be paid when registering, and the balance payable on the first day of class. Students with timely and steady attendance may ask to repeat the class.

 (Students absent for more than five classes in six months, and/or late to class more than eight times in six months may not reapply for another term)

Tool needs:

Students will need basic hand tools such as planes, chisels, saws, hammer etc.


 The round Chamberlain Dory Skiff nearing completion.