2017 Classes


Painting and Varnishing Workshop

with Gary Lowell

Sat, July 22, 2017

8:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Tuition $150

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Marine finishing requires a lot of careful preparation, good technique, and an understanding of marine coatings. Gary Lowell will present and information-packed day of painting and varnishing. He starts with surface preparation, including techniques for sanding, to help make the job less tedious. You will learn how to choose the right brush and several brushing techniques. You’ll also learn how to protect yourself so you can get a beautiful finish and stay healthy at the same time. Students are encouraged to bring small projects such as a hatch or seat to use as practice in class. Please check with the shop staff prior to bringing your project.



Safety Rules – dust control & chemical use

Surface Prep – paint and varnish removal, sanders and sanding techniques, & fairing putties and fillers

Brushes and Brushing Techniques – brushing & rolling and tipping

Applying Paint and Varnish

Specialty Products – masking, bleaching, staining, teak finishes, & wet sanding and buffing


Gary Lowell is a descendent of the Lowell’s who founded Lowell’s Boat Shop. He is the president of Lowell Boats Greensboro, NC which is an award-winning boatshop specializing in classic runabout restoration. Gary teaches painting and varnishing at the WoodenBoat School and is a long time friend of the shop.


Metal Working for the Boatbuilder

with Erica Moody of Magma Metalworks

WHEN: Fri Sept 29-Sun Oct 1

Fri 10-4, Sat 10-4, Sun 10-1

Cost: $375 ($100 deposit when signing up, balance due at first class)

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A hands-on workshop reviewing basic metal working skills while each student makes their own
brass pocket bevel, a handy tool to aid in building and restoring boats.

The general goal is to teach skills for fabricating structurally strong, useful, and beautiful small metal objects, such as tools and hardware, without having full metal shop access. Techniques reviewed include:

  • Layouts/marking

  • cutting

  • drilling

  • filing

  • sanding

  • silver brazing

Students will also be instructed how to make and heat treat a tool steel tipped marking tool, a step that may not be able to be completed within class time, but material will be provided.

Erica Moody teaches metal working classes and workshops at Woodenboat School, Harvard’s
Graduate School of Design, The Apprenticeshop, & The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. She
also has been an adjunct for various semesters at Wentworth Institute of Technology and
Massachusetts College of Art & Design. She has been working professionally as a metal
craftsman in and around Boston for 22 years with the last 15 years running her business Magma
Metalworks, Inc., and the last year adding a line of personal work in small metal housewares and
woodworking tools. She moved her business and home to Midcoast Maine a couple of years ago,
and continues work there as well as in Boston/New England area.



Build your own Fox Double Paddle Canoe

with Bill Thomas

WHEN: Fri-Sun Nov 3-5 and Fri -Sun Nov 10-12

Cost: Tuition $750 (10% discount for Lowell’s Boat Shop Members)

The cost for the kit is $1300 for both members and non-members (no member discount). 

Total class cost:  Non Member: $2050    Member: $1,975

a $500 non-refundable deposit is required at sign up, upon registering, students are required to call or stop at Lowell’s to make a deposit (this avoids unnecessary fees).  A minimum of three students is required to run this class, we reserve the right to cancel the class for underenrollment.

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.

We’ll start our class Friday morning at 8:30 pm with a brief orientation and overview of the class. We’ll
work until about 6:00 each evening. Sunday November 12 we should finish early in the afternoon. Family built boats or builders with partners are welcome.

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This course is designed for the complete novice.  The goal of the course is to familiarize those who have little to no experience with tools with their proper use; drills, drivers, hammers, chisels, etc.  This course will help you choose which tools to use for projects around the house and how to use them properly.  The 6 hour course runs 2 nights from 5-8 pm.

Dates TBD

Cost: $100