The Apprenticeshop has been running an 12-Week Intensive Boatbuilding Program for over 20 years (formerly call Internship), and we believe that this program gives a solid overview of boatbuilding basics. Through building a Susan skiff, a 12′ flat bottom, lapstrake rowboat, students learn backbone construction, planking, framing, interior joinery and finish work.
To encourage completion at a pace which most people feel is comfortable, we offer 12-week programs that begin in January, April and September.
The 12-week schedule allows for time to reflect on what is being learned and the opportunity to try many methods instead of relying on one.
Our most successful interns are students who like to work independently and have solid time management skills. To reach their goal of completing one skiff, all interns have access to the Shop on nights and weekends.
For the cost of materials, upon completion of the program students may take their boat home, though there is no obligation to do so. If not purchased by the builder, student-built Susan skiffs are sold to support Apprenticeshop programs.
All necessary tools are available for an interns to use in the Shop. You are welcome to bring your favorites, but it is not required.
Apply to begin a 12-Week Intensive Boatbuilding Program here. Apprenticeshop Application