Lowell’s Boat Shop Since 1793

Fall Haul 2017

Fall Haul!

Members and friends: please join us Sunday, October 22nd from 12-3pm for our annual Fall Haul.

We will have VICTUALS – GROG – MUSIC and the Mighty Merrimack Rowing Race!

Detailed information on our Event Calendar Page.


To register, please contact the shop for the appropriate form.


Annual Meeting!

Lowell’s Maritime Foundation

Annual Meeting

Thursday, October 26th from 5:30-7pm

Please join us to hear about what’s been happening and what’s upcoming.

5:30-6 Social

6-6:30 Business Meeting

6:30-7 Lecture by Douglas Brooks about his upcoming build here at Lowell’s.



Japanese Boatbuilding/Coopering Workshop

With Douglas Brooks

(October 27 & 28)
As part of a residency at Lowell’s Boat Shop featuring the construction of a Japanese taraibune, or tub boat, Douglas Brooks will be teaching a workshop on traditional Japanese coopering techniques. In this two-day workshop student will be shown how to make Japanese-style coopering patterns and they will sharpen and tune their own coopering plane (materials provided). Students will also learn how to choose, split, and prepare bamboo strips and learn how to braid bamboo barrel hoops. The skills covered apply to small buckets as well as large barrels. No prior experience is necessary. For more information about the instructor’s work in Japanese coopering please visit: http://www.douglasbrooksboatbuilding.com/taraibune.html



Build Your Own Fox Double Paddle Canoe/Kayak

with Bill Thomas

(November 3-5 and 10-12)

Fox is a decked double paddle canoe, a boat intended for protected waters along the coast and for mountain lakes. With an 80” long cockpit, Fox is a grand boat for hunting, fishing and tripping with a dog or young
child seated forward of the paddler.

This six day class offered over two consecutive three day weekends (November 3-5 and 10-12) will be taught by the boat’s designer Bill Thomas. Students will each have an assembled boat, ready for final sanding and finishing at the end of the class. Building the Fox to a high standard takes about 80 hours stretched over 3 weeks; this includes the 6 to 10 days needed to paint and varnish. In a five day building class the boats are assembled and ready to transport, but students usually finish the epoxy coating, sanding and painting at home.



Brooks Postercustom-built-boats


2017-2018 Apprentice Program


Lowell’s Boat Shop is seeking high school students for the 2017-2018 apprentice program.

Apprentices will learn the art of traditional wooden boat building under the guidance of boatbuilders Jeff Lane and Graham McKay.  Apprentices will undertake the construction of two lifesaving service dories over the course of the school year.




Lowell’s Boatshop on PBS’ Craft in America 
(The LBS section starts at 16 minutes 25 seconds.)