Seasoned boaters, aspiring sailors, and maritime enthusiasts may be interested in 2018’s classes and events at the Center for Wooden Boats’ (CWB) on Seattle’s Lake Union. The CWB is a longtime hub for the community to engage in and learn about maritime activities, bringing history to life with one hands-on experience after another.
From its flexible Learn to Sail classes to woodworking workshops, the CWB offers a wide swath of educational opportunities. Assemble the hull of a 17’ Northeastern Dory in just a week using only plywood and epoxy at the Boatbuilding Class. Try the Bronze Casting class for an introduction to pattern-making, sand molding, and bonze casting using cast tools, boat hardware, and more, and never stress about losing an oarlock again. You can go even further and create an oar from start to finish that will stand the test of time in CWB’s Oar Making class. Learn about oar design, spar gauge theory and use, and proper use of hand tools during their two-day class.
Youth camps and classes are also available, with Beginning Sailing at South Lake Union being the oldest and most popular summer camp. For an additional fun-filled week of learning, the CWB has teamed up with the Pacific Science Center to dive into the math and physics behind sailing and boat design.
At this camp children will build model boats and conduct experiments in the morning, and spend the afternoons sailing Lake Union in the El Toro fleet. Learn more about CWB adult and youth classes, workshops, and events at cwb.org.