Columbia River Maritime Museum
Barbey Maritime Center for Wooden Boat Building

WOODEN BOAT BUILDING CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS IN TRADITIONAL MARITIME CRAFTS

Northwest Native American Bentwood Box

Instructor Jim Bergeron
Dates April 26, 27 and May 3, 4 (four sessions to complete the project)
Time 9:00 to 2:00 each day
Description Learn how to turn a flat cedar board into a beautiful bentwood box. Often decorated with Northwest Indian designs (painted or carved), boxes of all sizes were used for food storage or as containers for fresh water on canoe trips. Like most of the crafts of the Pacific Northwest Indians, these boxes are both functional and beautiful.
Tuition $90 for members / $110 for nonmembers
Class Size 8 people
 

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Introduction to Bronze Casting

Instructor Sam Johnson
Dates May 10 and 11 (two-day class)
Time 9:00 to 5:00 each day
Description Learn how to make patterns of simple boat parts, sculptures, door handles or other architectural elements. Then mold them in sand, and cast them in molten bronze. Students will learn how to make their own basic furnace and foundry tools, pour hot metal, and finish off the castings using a variety of hand and power tools.
Tuition $120 for members / $150 for nonmembers
Tuition includes $85 materials fee
Class Size 10 people
 

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Weaving with Natural Plant Fibers

Instructor Pat Courtney Gold
Date June 7
Time 9:30 to 4:00
Description This class will use traditional plant fibers: tule, cattail leaves, sedge grass, and more. Participants will learn the “Z-twine,” the traditional Wasco Start at the base, and options to finish the rim. Students will learn to size and splice the plant fibers, and also learn the cross wrap technique. Completed basket will measure approximately four inches in diameter and five to six inches tall. This class is offered only three times per year to preserve plant materials used in weaving.
Skill Level Helpful to have some twining experience.
Tools Needed Awl or nail, scissors, pocket knife, measuring tape, small spray bottle, towel (optional), small plant pruners, apron. Students may also want to bring paper, pencil, and baskets to share.
Tuition $45 for members / $65 for nonmembers
Materials fee: $30
Class Size 8 people
 

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Tool Sharpening

Instructor Darrin Fiskum
Date June 14
Time 9:00 to 1:00
Description Sharp tools make any job easier and safer. In this workshop students will learn how to sharpen and tune edge tools (new and old) using basic stones, strops, and a bench grinder, relying on hand-eye skills rather than on expensive machines. Bring in your tools that you want to sharpen including chisels, saw blades, and planer blades.
Skill Level Beginner. Basic experience with planes, chisels, and other edge tools.
Tools Needed Basic hand woodworking tools and tools to be sharpened.
Tuition $20 for members / $35 for nonmembers
Materials fee: $15
Class Size 8 people
 

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Introduction to Knot Tying

Instructor Jason Linnett
Date June 21
Time 9:00 to 4:00
Description Knowing how to tie knots of various kinds is an essential part of any maritime culture. This class will introduce the most important types of knots, bends, hitches, and loops. Participants will learn how to tie seven essential knots used in the maritime world.
Skill Level Beginner to intermediate.
Tools Needed Sharp knife.
Tuition $15 for members / $20 for nonmembers
Materials fee: $10
Class Size 15 people
 

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Basic Woodworking

Instructor Darrin Fiskum
Dates June 28-29 (two-day class)
Time 8:00 to 5:00 each day
Description By creating a sea chest or tool tray, students will learn dado and dovetail joinery, gluing, clamping, and the use of boat builder and woodworker hand tools. The skills learned can be applied to small personal woodworking projects and boat building.
Skill Level Beginner. No experience with hand tools necessary.
Tools Needed Basic hand woodworking tools.
Tuition $75 for members / $105 for nonmembers
Materials cost: $65
Class Size 8 people
 

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Small Northwest-Style Basket with Rattle Lid

Instructor Pat Courtney Gold
Dates July 26-27 (two-day class)
Time 9:00 to 4:00 each day
Description Participants will learn to size and splice the plant fibers and create a Northwest style basket with a rattle lid, using native plant fibers. Fibers include cedar bark, tule, cattail leaves, and sedge grass. Students will learn the various twining techniques, various “starts” at the base, with options for finishing the rim. To individualize your basket, bring “rattle” items such as shells, charms, pebbles, beads, etc.
Skill Level Previous twining and plaiting experience required.
Tools Needed Awl or nail, scissors, pocket knife, measuring tape, small spray bottle, towel, small plant pruners, and apron (optional).
Tuition $115 for members / $155 for nonmembers
Materials cost: $35
Class Size 8 people
 

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Northwest Coast Native American Carving

Instructor Jim Bergeron
Dates August 2-3 (two-day class)
Time 9:00 to 5:00 each day
Description Learn about Northwest Coast Native American designs. Participants can then create their own design or use provided patterns to transfer onto wood. Designs will then be carved and stained or painted.
Skill Level No needed skill or experience required.
Tools Needed Carving tools provided, but can bring own wood carving tools if available.
Tuition $50 for members / $75 for nonmembers
Materials cost: $15
Class Size 16 people
 

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Introduction to Bronze Casting

Instructor Sam Johnson
Dates August 9-10 (two-day class)
Time 9:00 to 5:00 each day
Description Learn how to make patterns of simple boat parts, sculptures, door handles or other architectural elements. Then mold them in sand, and cast them in molten bronze. Students will learn how to make their own basic furnace and foundry tools, pour hot metal, and finish off the castings using a variety of hand and power tools.
Skill Level Beginner.
Tools Needed Basic hand woodworking tools (if a pattern needs to be made).
Tuition $35 for members / $65 for nonmembers
Materials cost: $85
Class Size 10 people
 

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Introduction to Rope Splicing

Instructor Jason Linnett
Dates August 23-24 (two-day class)
Time 9:00 to 5:00 each day
Description Participants will learn the basics of rope splicing. By the class’s completion students will be able to splice an eye, do a back splice, and short-splice in three-strand manila.
Skill Level Beginner to intermediate.
Tools Needed Sharp knife.
Tuition $30 for members / $50 for nonmembers
Materials cost: $10
Class Size 15 people
 

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Half Hull Model Making

Instructor Steve Kessler
Dates September 21-21 (two-day class)
Time 9:00 to 5:00 each day
Description Learn how to create a beautiful half-hull model and how to use half-hull models for exploring the shape of a boat and making a table of offsets that can be used to build a full-scale boat from models.
Skill Level Beginner. Some experience with planes and chisels.
Tools Needed Basic hand woodworking tools.
Tuition $75 for members / $105 for nonmembers
Materials cost: $30
Class Size 30 people
 

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