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Lofting for Boat Builders

Course Overview

Join Wooden Boat Show Featured Instructor Douglas Brooks in this three day workshop to learn lofting, traditionally the first step in the boat building process. Lofting is an invaluable tool, since it allows the boat builder to correct any discrepancies in scaling to full size from a drawing and derive many details of construction including bevels, rabbets and mould patterns. In this course students will loft a series of boats, allowing for wide exposure to common design elements. Lofting is an essential skill for amateur boatbuilders and greatly expands the range of boats that they might build. Rather than relying on kits with full-size patterns it becomes possible to build thousands of traditional boat designs from books and museum collections. This same method is also useful for furniture makers, particularly those building pieces featuring curved elements. The history of lofting and its relationship with lines-taking and half-hull modeling will be discussed along with sources for boat plans.

No prior experience is necessary.

Returning for a second time to North House, Douglas Brooks has spent years apprenticing with traditional boat builders in Japan, and has taught at numerous boat building schools.  He will speak about his new book Japanese Wooden Boatbuilding on Sunday morning of the Wooden Boat show.


Mon, Jun 17th, 2019  –  Wed, Jun 19th, 2019

Course Details

Length: 3 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: N/A
Tuition: $285.00


You will need the following tools for this class:

All required tools/materials are provided by your instructor and North House and will be available once the course begins.

Optional Tools

  • pencil
  • paper
  • carpenter's square
  • 3 foot ruler

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.

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Lofting for Boat Builders - 6/17/2019