Tuesdays & Thursdays
February 7th – May 4th
At the start of each year the students ask “When will we be finished?”
Months later when they launch a boat they created themselves, they experience first hand how a long term investment in a physical process, can culminate into something of value. If you are looking for the perfect after-school activity for the hands-on learner, YouthBoat may be just the thing!
Students ages 11-17 work alongside shipwrights to follow building plans, use tools and materials, and put STEM skills to work as they build a boat in the school’s wood shop under the guidance of skilled shipwrights and craftspeople. YouthBoat is designed to empower youth from diverse backgrounds, build character, and foster teamwork through the traditional craft of wooden boatbuilding and on-the-water activities.
Give the Gift of Classes
If you are looking for a holiday gift that will create lasting memories, treat your loved one to a class in woodworking! Sign yourself up to share the experience!
Wood and Resin Jewelry Making
Date: January 10th, 12th, 17th, and 19th
Instructor Kathy Prisco will be giving a multifaceted class on making jewelry using a variety of techniques over the course of four evenings. The first week Kathy will give demonstrations and students have an opportunity to experiment with a scroll saw, mixing and pouring epoxy resin, and gluing up thin pieces of wood and hand turning wooden rings and bracelets. Students will also learn some rudimentary techniques for assembling jewelry. The object of the class is that students will be exposed to enough processes that during the second week, they will be able to design and create a piece of jewelry of their choosing.
Make Your Own Ukulele
Friday, January 20, 6PM–9PM
Saturday, January 21, 10AM–5PM
Sunday, January 22, 10AM–5PM
Guitar Maker and woodworker Bill Sterling will lead this exciting new class. Students will build their own Ukulele from start to finish, and leave with an instrument they can play for years to come. This is a great chance for students to try making musical instruments while learning fundamental woodworking skills in the shop. This opportunity can be a great holiday gift for a recipient who is passionate about music or for someone looking to pick up a new hobby. Have fun, make stuff, and play music. What could be better? This class will take place in the classroom at the HRMM Wooden Boat School located at 86 Rondout Landing in Kingston.
Wood Carving: Marine & Signboard
Back by popular demand, woodworker, boat builder, and woodcarver Andrew Willner will offer a course of practical and decorative woodcarving using basic carving tools and woodworking skills. This class will take place Friday, December 9, Saturday December 10, Friday December 16 & Saturday December 17. 5:30PM-9:00PM Fridays & 9:00AM-5:00PM Saturdays. This course will demonstrate a variety of carving and woodworking techniques including tool sharpening and maintenance, design, drawing and layout, incised lettering, low and high relief carving, and much more. The first project for all students will be a sign for home or boat with incised lettering and decorative feather ends. Returning students are welcome to try their hand at more complex or difficult carvings.
General Registration: $375
Individual Member Registration: $350
Household Member & Above: $335
Materials Fee: $30
Want to read more about carving lettering? Here is an excerpt from a fabulous article in Fine Woodworking You can download the full PDF here.
YouthBoat Returns! Sign up now!
Dates: November 1–January 12 on certain Tuesdays and Thursdays
We are now enrolling for our Fall YouthBoat Program. YouthBoat is an after-school program for students ages 11-18 that is designed to empower youth, build character, and foster teamwork through the traditional craft of wooden boatbuilding and on-the-water activities. Students from diverse backgrounds put STEM skills to work as they learn alongside skilled shipwrights and craftspeople throughout the boat building process. Students will start the course by building basic skills as they craft their own kayak paddle. Participants will cut, shape, and finish their piece with varnish. Following this introductory project they begin working collectively to construct a fully functional wooden skiff boat.
Dates: November 1–January 12 on certain Tuesdays and Thursdays
We are thrilled to be hosting the 2022 Kingston Boat Building Challenge again this year! As part of the Hudson River Maritime Museum’s semi-annual Celebration of Woodworking Festival, woodworking adult and youth teams will compete to build rowing boats in a single afternoon. This event takes place October 1st, 2022, on the Kingston waterfront. And we want YOU to join us in the competition! In 2017, the Hudson River Maritime Museum hosted its first annual National Boatbuilding Challenge, where teams of two compete to build a boat from scratch in just four hours, and then compete in a rowing race on the Rondout with cash prizes for the team with the best score in all three categories: speed, quality, and rowing race. HRMM's event is a qualifying challenge, one of just a few competitions around the country. Held only on Saturday, October 1, this thrilling competition draws national and local competitors alike and the 4:00 PM rowing race is the highlight of Saturday's events.
Competitors are invited and encourage to watch professional builders build the entire boat from start to finish to observe tips and tricks on our pre-competition demonstration day Saturday, September 3rd. Entry Fee is $250; each team will receive which $500 worth of material from HRMM. Teams must provide their own tools.
You can see example of past boat builders challenges here: https://youtu.be/uDqQWWeSizU
Judge's Meeting - 9:30 AM
Builder's Meeting - 10:00 AM
Challenge Begins - 11:00 AM
Challenge Ends - 3:00 PM
Judging of Boats for Quality - 3:15 PM
Rowing Relay Race - 4:00 PM
Awards Ceremony - 5:00 PM
Carved-Bone Pocket Knife Class
We are more than excited to host local artist Anna Landewe to teach students how to do scrimshaw and create their own beautifully customized pocket knife!
Date: Saturday, August 13, 10AM-3PM
Tuition: General Public: $128, Individual Member: $115, Household Member: $109
Material Fee: $40
The art of scrimshaw is considered to be the only truly American Folk Art. The term “scrimshaw” came into usage in the early American whalers’ logbooks in the later 1700s and early 1800s. It was coined to describe the art of carving on ivory or bone that the whalemen practiced to pass the time between whale sightings.
These whaling expeditions sometimes lasted 3 or 4 years, with the largest downtime being in between whale hunts. These hunts’ primary goal was the oil produced by rendering down the whale’s blubber and the ambergris (a black tarry substance used in the production of perfume).
A by-product of the hunt was the whale’s bones and teeth, which were given to the sailors to carve. This served the dual purpose of keeping them out of trouble on the voyage and providing them with a saleable product to increase their earnings at the end of the voyage.
The men would take the raw sperm whale teeth, smooth down the rough outer ridges with knives and use shark skin as natural sandpaper to smooth it further. The final stop before starting to scrim was to polish the tooth with chamois.
The earliest scrimshanders sometimes used a crude version of the stipple method, which pricks small holes into the ivory and fills them with pigment. A more common method was using their sailors’ needles to carve lines into the teeth, which they then filled with pigment. Different pigments were used according to what was available. For black, they used lamp black, a combination of carbon and whale oil. Tea, vinegar, berries, and octopus dye were also used to provide a change of color.
Subject matter varies from tales of a whale hunt gone wrong to portraits of their wives and sweethearts. The bone and ivory were made into various practical frivolous objects, including corset stays, hat boxes, rolling pins, swifts, cooking utensils, cribbage boards, and many other things their imaginations could come up with.
While the first scrimshaw was mostly done on whalebone and teeth, other ivories were substituted as available. Elephant, hippo, and walrus ivories were not uncommon Pacific dreamscapes. Today we use a variety of ivories, woolly mammoth, fossil walrus, hippo, antique piano keys and ivory cue balls, pre-embargo elephant ivory, antler bone, buffalo horn, and other ivory substitutes. These are used to create intricate pieces of jewelry, pocket knives, and display pieces.
Don't miss out on your chance to build a skin-on-frame canoe. The last day to register is Wednesday, June 1, 2022.
Dates: June 17-19 & June 24-26, 2022, 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Instructor: Rich Cerruto
Class Size: 4
Instructor Rich Cerruto will lead this unique course on building skin-on-frame double paddle canoes. The canoe will be constructed with a wooden frame and a stretched with a nylon "skin". Each student will leave with a completed canoe ready for the water. These 28-pound canoes are strong and can hold up to 320 pounds. Easily car-topped, they are perfect for casual paddlers and beginning boatbuilders alike. Don't miss out on the opportunity to build your own beautiful functional canoe! The canoe is 30" wide, 10" deep, weights about 32 lbs. and carries 320 lbs. Rig it as a solo, a tandem with a carrying yoke, or as a solo/tandem. All materials required are provided, including pre-cut lumber, polyester cloth, stem bands and seats.
Solo/Tandem 13½’ Canoe Materials Kit - This class will use kits and plans designed by Hilary Russell, founder of the Berkshire Boat Building School and author of the book "Building Skin-on-Frame Double Paddle Canoes."
Joint Instruction - For an additional fee, students are welcomed to bring a second builder to the class. This is a great opportunity to learn and have fun together. Joint instruction must be accompanied with someone taking the full instruction and purchasing a kit.
General Public: $700
Material Fee: $800 (will be included at check out)
Joint Instruction Tuition: $500
Rich Cerruto is a retired engineer and IT executive who teaches skin-on-frame boat building and paddle carving. An other area of focus is oval Shaker Boxes. He served as president of the Northeastern Woodworkers Association and currently serves as vice-president of its Mid-Hudson chapter.
I started building light weight double paddle canoes when my 17 pound kevlar canoe began to feel too small. My first was a 13' by 28" beam skin-on-frame canoe. I loved the process. It was somehow freeing, relaxing. Since then I've taught people how to build these simple but elegant boats for twenty-five years. I still love seeing how proud people are after building a good looking, easy-to-use boat in just a few days. Many of these crafts have been used on lakes, ponds and rivers from Maine to Minnesota and down to Florida. And over the years, a number have appeared in the pages of WoodenBoat magazine. In the off season some lucky boats find their ways into homes where they rest on walls, and are sometimes hung from ceilings, to be enjoyed all winter.
-Hilary Russell, Director of Berkshire Boat Building School and Author of Building Skin-on-Frame Double Paddle Canoes
Want to build your own canoe with us this summer?
Over the course of two weekends, June 17-19 & June 24-26, Instructor Rich Cerruto will lead this unique course on building skin-on-frame double paddle canoes. The canoe will be constructed with a wooden frame and a stretched with a nylon "skin". Each student will leave with a completed canoe ready for the water. These 28-pound canoes are strong and can hold up to 320 pounds. Easily car-topped, they are perfect for casual paddlers and beginning boatbuilders alike. Don't miss out on the opportunity to build your own beautiful functional canoe! The canoe is 30" wide, 10" deep, weighs about 32 lbs. and carries 320 lbs. Rig it as a solo, a tandem with a carrying yoke, or as a solo/tandem. All materials required are provided, including pre-cut lumber, polyester cloth, stem bands and seats.
By Kate Gill
My husband Chris had been dreaming of building a boat for a few years now, but with kids, there’s just never time for such a big project. After having looked into different boat building courses throughout the Northeast, I finally stumbled upon your weekend family boat building course. Build a dinghy in just 2 days! This was such an amazing and memorable experience. We came with no knowledge of boat building, and some experience of wood working.
I was really surprised at how much time our instructor Wayne Ford spent teaching us techniques, and explaining the the process so we were able to think 2-3 steps ahead. I had gone in thinking this would be a sloppy rushed job, but wow was I wrong! We came away with a beautiful boat which we brag about to the other parents in town. Not many people can say they’ve built a boat! Looking forward to the spring when we’ll paint her and have a lil boat christening and launch party at the lake here.
Build Your Own Stand Up Paddle Board
Thinking of building your own boat? Try your hand at a stand-up paddle board! Built over two weekends, you'll end up with a beautiful wooden board you can use for years to come. But hurry! Registration deadline is Tuesday, March 15!
Dates: April 2 & 3, 9 & 10, 2022, 9:00AM-5:00PM
Deadline to Register: March 15
Want to get your Captains License? We have one more spot left!
Did you know? HRMM members get discounts on all classes! Join today. Interested in learning more? Check out some of the classes and programs we offer below, for all ages and all experience levels.
Welcome to our new boat school blog! Each Saturday we'll be posting stories, educational materials, programs, and upcoming classes from the Wooden Boat School, Sailing School, and Rowing School!
Build Your Own Stand Up Paddle Board
This week we're highlighting an exciting new class, Build Your Own Stand Up Paddle Board with Instructor Chaz Corallo. If you're sick of the winter weather and ready for summer, this is the class for you!
In this 4 day class students will learn the fundamentals of wooden paddle board building. Each student will start with a preassembled frame kit ready for board construction. The students will build-up the rails from bead and cove strips, add a deck, install hardware and shape the board. By the end of the class each board will be ready for fiberglassing and finishing. Instruction and demonstration of the fiberglassing process comes with the class. Glassing the boards can be done as added extra after the workshop is complete. Glassing the board can take 1-2 more days.
Instructor Chaz Corallo will guide students through the easy step-by-step process to ensure that each board that leaves the class will be a beautiful one-of-a-kind paddle board. We will explore basic surfboard design concepts, the simple application of steam to manipulate wood into shapes, adhesive applications, elements of edge tool work and use of other traditional hand tools, glassing and effective use of epoxy. To streamline this class as much as possible, some initial prep work will be done by us before you arrive.
Dates: Saturday & Sunday, April 2 & 3, 9 & 10, 2022
9:00AM-5:00PM each day
Registration Deadline: March 4
General Public & Museum Members: $400
Material Fee: $750 (Glassing kit is an additional $400 for epoxy and cloth.)
Did you know? HRMM members get discounts on all classes! Join today.
Staff and volunteers of the Hudson River Maritime Museum's Wooden Boat School and Sailing & Rowing School.
Hudson River Maritime Museum
50 Rondout Landing
Kingston, NY 12401
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