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Scribing & Maintaining a Waterline, With a Batten and a Pull-Saw: Havilah Hawkins shows us how to make and maintain a classic looking waterline on your wooden boat....
Walkabout at Brooklin Boat Yard, 91-Foot Cutter SONNY: Sure, yachts are beautiful when the crowd gathers for launching day. But we wanted to see what it's like four days befor...
Building Birchbark Canoes, Steve Cayard Teaches a Wabanaki Tradition: As kids, many of us wondered how Native Americans built birchbark canoes. Well here’s master builder Steven Cayard sho...
Boat Shop Visit – Bertram Levy: One of life's fine pleasures is simply hanging out in the boatshop talking shop. And so we stopped by to visit retired d...
How to Vacuum Bag, Part 1 – Making a Wood & Epoxy Laminate: Eric takes all the mystery out of what otherwise might seem like a daunting operation: Vacuum bagging. Step by step we s...
How to Vacuum Bag, Part 2 – Watching it Happen: Vacuum bagging with over 4000 pounds of pressure, and then opening the bag to see how it went is impressive enough- but...
How to Make A Flat Blade Oar, with Wesley Reddick of Rower’s Oars: At his shop at Rower's Oars, Wesley Reddick shows us how to make a flat blade oar from a few pieces of spruce....
Building Momentum, Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding: Eric Blake joins Head instructor Sean Koomen for a tour of the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock,...
Shortcuts Shaping Complex Wooden Boat Pieces, Part 3 – Routing & Sanding the Curves & Tapers: This week Eric Blake demonstrates routing and sanding shortcuts to the shape complex curves and tapers of wooden boat pi...
How to Build The Off Center Skiff, Part 16 – Outer Stem + Sanding and Priming the Hull: The kids put in some elbow grease with sandpaper and paintbrushes....
Shortcuts Shaping Complex Wooden Boat Pieces – Part 2, Cutting the Tapers: We return to the Brooklin Boat Yard with Eric Blake as he walks us through cutting the tapers in shaping complex wooden...
Restoring MINK, a 1914 Buzzards Bay 25, Part 1 – An Uncommon Approach: Over the last century, the Herreshoff Buzzards Bay 25 has lived a storied history indeed.  Now, one of the five boats t...
How to Build the Off Center Skiff, Part 13 – Planking the Bottom: The Brooklin Skiff Club makes quick work of planking the bottom of their skiff....
How to Build the Off Center Skiff, Part 11 – The Frames: Eric, Havilah and the rest of Brooklin Skiff Club are installing the frames as the Off Center Skiff continues to come to...
How to Build a Beautiful Skiff, Part 10 – Planking the Sides: This week, Brian Larkin joins the Brooklin Skiff Club as planking the sides begins on the Beautiful Skiff....
How to Build a Beautiful Skiff, Part 9 – Shaping the Inner Stem: As the skiff series continues, Eric Blake demonstrates how to plane a twisting bevel into the skiff's inner stem....
How to Build a Beautiful Skiff, Part 8 – The Transom: Gluing-up and fairing the cedar boards that comprise the transom, and then mounting it, is the task at hand as the Beaut...
How to Build a Beautiful Skiff, Part 7 – Setting Up The Molds: With measuring sticks and pencils, the kids join Eric Blake and Havilah Hawkins to set-up the molds for the skiff....
How to Build a Beautiful Skiff, Part 6 – Layout and Building Molds: Before the kids arrive, Eric Blake and Havilah Hawkins walk us through the process for laying out and building the molds...
How to Build a Beautiful Skiff, Part 5 – The Strongback: A strong and precisely constructed strongback is a critical element in getting the skiff building project off to a good...
How to Build a Beautiful Skiff, Part 4 – Cutting & Planing Planks: In the fourth video in our series, Eric Blake takes us to the Brooklin Boat Yard to begin work on cutting and planing pl...
Handsaws for Boatbuilding, with Harry Bryan: When it comes to handsaws, whether you're working with plywood or natural stock, Harry Bryan knows which saw is the be...
How to Build a Beautiful Skiff, Part 3 – The Local Wood Option: In the third video in our series, Eric Blake visits David Gray, an owner of a local sawmill, to have Eastern White Ceda...
How to Build a Beautiful Skiff, Part 2 – Getting Screws and Lumber: In the second video in our skiff series, Eric visits our local hardware store and lumberyard to purchase screws and rev...
How to Use Epoxy, Part 2 – Getting a Smooth Finish for Paint or Varnish: Eric Blake continues his walkthrough on how to use epoxy to get a smooth finish for paint or varnish at the Brooklin Bo...
Making a Pilot House Door, Part 1 – Flush Panel Construction: Woodworking techniques abound as Tony Grove puts together a frame and panel constructed pilot house door for a Northwest...
Making a Pilot House Door, Part 2 – Finish & Fit: Woodworking techniques abound as Tony Grove finishes and fits the frame and panel constructed door for a Northwest Fish...
Building Boat Furniture Using Plywood and Cleat Construction: We visit the Grove Woodworking School on Gabriola Island in British Columbia where boatbuilder Tony Grove demystifies th...
Cool Shop Trick: Applying a Herreshoff-Style Sheerstrake to a Cold Molded Alerion 26: Cold molded boats don’t really have individual planks, so sheerstrakes, especially ones in the Herreshoff style that a...
Installing Floor Timbers in a Wooden Boat, Part 1 – Making the Pattern: It's better to have a whole boat, rather than two halves. Installing floor timbers in a wooden boat ties everything toge...
Installing Floor Timbers in a Wooden Boat, Part 2 – Cutting & Fitting Big Oak: Handling big oak timbers is an art unto itself. Peter Buxton passes along valuable tips while he's installing floor timb...
Installing Floor Timbers in a Wooden Boat, Part 3 – Fastening with Drift Pins & Screws: Fastening the newly shaped piece of oak with drift pins to the keel, frames and planks is the final step of installing f...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 42 – Final Thoughts: Launch day has arrived, and it's time to take our Caledonia Yawl sailing! And with a few parting words from Geoff; we're...
How to Make a Herreshoff Tiller, with Alec Brainerd: The tiller is the conduit for a sailor's intentions and a boat's response; delicacy is an asset....
Carvel Planking a Wooden Boat, Part 3 – Fastening a Cedar Plank: The fat lady sings (well, not really) when Peter screws the plank into place.  It's snug, it's lovely, and it's sure to...
Carvel Planking a Wooden Boat, Part 2 – Making & Fitting A Pair of Cedar Planks: After spiling the plank to achieve a rough shape, Peter planes it down to fit precisely before fastening....
Carvel Planking a Wooden Boat, Part 1 – Spiling: "Spiling" is the technique boat builders use to determine the shape of a plank. In the abstract, it is a difficult proce...
Building Interiors Upside Down: Building hulls upside down happens these days more often than rightside up, but keeping them that way while building the...
Building Raised Panels at Rockport Marine: Building a raised panel is no simple task, and yet Joe Kobak at Rockport Marine knocked out this entire raised panel pro...
Drilling Holes with Boring Bars: Have you ever wondered how they bore a 10+ ft straight hole through a hull? Let's take a trip to a few boatyards and let...
Laminating Wooden Boat Frames on the 68′ Sloop ISOBEL: Strong, light weight epoxy laminations are surely the wave of the future for many boat building projects. Even though yo...
Wooden Boat Building Techniques: Steam Bending Oak Frames: Watching hot oak timbers go into a boat is fascinating. Join Maynard Bray as he describes how Brian Larkin reframes the...

 

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