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Pram Boat Building: Build Your Own Traditional Norse or Swedish Pram

Take this one of a kind opportunity to build a custom-sized, traditionally built wooden lapstrake boat, originating in design and construction from the fjords and fishing villages of Norway and Sweden. You may choose from two options: 1) the Norse Pram (12 days), an inshore craft that makes an excellent tender or rowboat at the lake, and is often referred to as the “water wheelbarrow” of the fjords of Norway; or 2) the Swedish Pram (10 days), a square-ended wooden watercraft, built in a wide variety of shapes and sizes to meet the specific needs of the intended user, traditionally fishermen, farmers, or tenders.

In consultation with the instructor, you build and design your own 10’ to 16’ pram using traditional materials including white spruce, white pine, oak and copper fastening to meet your intended uses for the boat. Students interested in building the pram as a sailing vessel are welcome to do so. The pram is built using old-world, simple and honest construction techniques. Students will learn to ‘loft by eye,’ making it a great project for the first-time boat builder, who will walk away with a lifetime of skills, or experienced builders interested in this unique style of construction. In the traditional fashion, the boat will be finished with pine tar, linseed oil and turpentine. Students are encouraged to bring a partner to help…this can be a great family project that will result in a lifetime of memories. The instructor will consult with each student six weeks prior to start of the course to assess materials needed for the intended boat to be built.

This Build Your Own option allows you and your friends/family the option to build either a Norse Pram, a boat with a rounded, more complex ‘sweep’ to it, allowing it to gracefully roll over swells, or a Swedish Pram, a boat with squared end, simplifying construction.

**Norse Pram: 12 days - $1,400-$1,700 for materials
**Swedish Pram: 10 days - $1000-$1200 for materials

The instructor will consult with each student six weeks prior to start of the course to assess materials required for the intended boat to be built. Material costs may vary given market prices and will be determined at this time. Each student will be expected to reimburse materials costs at the onset of the course directly to the instructor. Payment for materials may be made with cash or check only.

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Course Details

Length in days:
12

Hours:
9am-4pm

Tuition:
$3,225.00 per student (Regular rate)

Materials:
Varies (Norse Pram $1400-$1700; Swedish Pram $1000-$1200)

Levels:
Intermediate


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You will need the following tools for this class:

  1. ball peen hammer
  2. shop apron (available for purchase @ North House School Store 888-387-9762)
  3. pencils
  4. tape measure
  5. carving knife (available @ North House School Store)
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation packet in the mail that may offer additional optional tool recommendations and suggested reading.
John Beltman John Beltman

John is a master woodworker who specializes in working with traditional hand tools and utilizing traditional building techniques. His students consistently comment that this approach permeates every class he teaches. John has recently concentrated his efforts on traditional early American methods of woodworking, including spring-pole lathe turning, the construction of snowshoes, and hand-crafting Windsor chairs & stools. John's training includes work with the Rockport Apprentice Shop in Maine, Strong's Canoe Yard in Vermont, and the Windsor Institute in New Hampshire.

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Pram Boat Building: Build Your Own Traditional Norse or Swedish Pram

Pram Boat Building: Build Your Own Traditional Norse or Swedish Pram

Pram Boat Building: Build Your Own Traditional Norse or Swedish Pram