CANCELLATION POLICY

Sometimes even our best laid plans get derailed – we get it. If you find you must cancel your registration for a class, workshop or program, please do so ASAP; we often limit the class size, and if you can’t attend, it’s possible someone else is waiting to take your place. If you cancel before the two-week out mark, you will get a full refund. If you cancel two weeks or fewer from the class/workshop/program start date, you will be credited the registration fee to use toward a future LBS class/workshop/program, less a $50 administration charge and any materials fees.

Often our classes/workshops/programs require a minimum number of participants to run. We reserve the right to cancel any class/workshop/program due to under-enrollment. We will do our best to give those that have registered a two-week notice of cancelation; of course all registrants will be refunded in full.

Women on the Water

WHEN: 3rd Thursday evenings, 6-9PM; June 18 – September 17

Join us at Lowell’s Boat Shop every 3rd Thursday of the month for a Girl’s Night Out adventure. Depending on our numbers and the tide, we’ll row together in the Surf Dory or in teams in our Banks dories to different destinations along the Merrimack – for a hike, a dip, or simply for the sheer pleasure of rowing on the river. After our rowing outing, we’ll head to The Ale House for libations and a bite!

Members: $15

Nonmembers: $17

Women on the Water

WHEN: 3rd Thursday evenings, 6-9PM; June 18 – September 17

Join us at Lowell’s Boat Shop every 3rd Thursday of the month for a Girl’s Night Out adventure. Depending on our numbers and the tide, we’ll row together in the Surf Dory or in teams in our Banks dories to different destinations along the Merrimack – for a hike, a dip, or simply for the sheer pleasure of rowing on the river. After our rowing outing, we’ll head to The Ale House for libations and a bite!

Members: $15

Nonmembers: $17

Women on the Water

WHEN: 3rd Thursday evenings, 6-9PM; June 18 – September 17

Join us at Lowell’s Boat Shop every 3rd Thursday of the month for a Girl’s Night Out adventure. Depending on our numbers and the tide, we’ll row together in the Surf Dory or in teams in our Banks dories to different destinations along the Merrimack – for a hike, a dip, or simply for the sheer pleasure of rowing on the river. After our rowing outing, we’ll head to The Ale House for libations and a bite!

Members: $15

Nonmembers: $17

Seafaring and Sail Training for Adults

When: Friday, September 18th – Sunday, September 201th

Join us for a weekend sail training adventure aboard the wooden 131’ gaff-rigged schooner Harvey Gamage! A collaboration between Lowell’s Boat Shop and Sailing Ships Maine, this voyage offers the opportunity to cruise the Maine Coast as a member of the Gamage crew, helping to put the Schooner through her paces. Sail handling, navigation, watchstanding, and using the schooner’s safety and anchoring equipment will all be a part of your daily life at sea. Our itinerary will be dictated by the weather, but may include a visit to historic Jewell Island, occasions to observe marine mammals and sea birds up close, a talk about the Maine fisheries and aquaculture, and an evening of stargazing with an astronomy buff. Enjoy delicious meals and restful nights at anchor — interrupted only by your night watch, a memorable experience.

Space is limited. Please email dorothy@lowellsboatshop.com if you have questions.

Program Dates & Rates

  • Board Friday, September 18, 2020 at 4pm in Portland, ME (dinner will be served on board)

  • Disembark Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 4pm in Portland, ME

  • Fee of $595 per person ($1090 per couple) includes 3 meals per (full) day (dinner on Friday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday). While adult beverages will be allowed at dinner (BYOB), the hands-on nature of this distinctive program requires that participants be mindful and aware at all times while on watch.

  • Due to the uncertainties presented by the Covid-19 epidemic, we are not requiring deposits at this time. You are welcome to register to hold your spot without any financial obligation; once we are able to confirm, we will connect with you and request payment. Click on the FREE ticket to hold your spot.

Please note: If you are looking for an experience with no sail training involved, we will be offering opportunities to sail and stay onboard the Harvey Gamage during the Gloucester Schooner Festival (September 4-6); details coming soon.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Sometimes even our best laid plans get derailed – we get it. If you find you must cancel your registration for a class, workshop or program, please do so ASAP; we often limit the class size, and if you can’t attend, it’s possible someone else is waiting to take your place. If you cancel before the two-week out mark, you will get a full refund. If you cancel two weeks or fewer from the class/workshop/program start date, you will be credited the registration fee to use toward a future LBS class/workshop/program, less a $50 administration charge and any materials fees.

Often our classes/workshops/programs require a minimum number of participants to run. We reserve the right to cancel any class/workshop/program due to under-enrollment. We will do our best to give those that have registered a two-week notice of cancelation; of course all registrants will be refunded in full.

Beginning Woodcarving for Adults

WHEN:

Two-week class on Tuesday and Thursday evenings; 6-8pm

May 24-26 and May 31 – June 2

LBS Members: $120        Nonmembers: $130

This class will introduce students to all three types of woodcarving: whittling, in-the-round, and relief carving. There will be a review of the tools utilized in woodcarving and the proper way to use them, as well as the species of wood best suited for woodcarving projects. Students will practice their techniques by creating small carved figures, and will also learn how to make their own sharpening tool.

Basic Tool Sharpening kits will be available for purchase.

Instructor: Guy Shepard has been carving for over 20 years. He learned his craft from some of the Masters in the field including Betty Padden (author of 4 books on carving and a monthly contributor to Carving illustration magazine), John C. Campbell, Benoi Deschenes in Canada, and several others. Guy has worked as a professional forester and arborist for 50 years and many of his carvings utilize the wood from trees he’s cut down.

Painting and Varnishing with Gary Lowell

Saturday, August 20 from 9-3 and Sunday, August 21 from 10-2

LBS Members: $195; Nonmembers: $215

Marine finishing requires a lot of careful preparation, good technique, and an understanding of marine coatings. Gary Lowell will present two information-packed days 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.

OUTLINE:

Introductions

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

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Gary Lowell is a descendant of the Lowells who founded Lowell’s Boat Shop.  He is the president of Lowell Boats Inc.in Greensboro, NC, 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 LBS.

for more info visit https://lowellboats.weebly.com/

 

 

Building the McKenzie River Dory

WHEN: Two three-day weekends, November 11-13 and November 18-20

9AM-5PM; Sunday 9AM-1PM

LBS Members: $875; Nonmembers: $960

A century after the iconic Banks Dory was born at Lowell’s Boat Shop, a different dory was evolving on the rivers of Oregon. The McKenzie River Drift Boat—or River Dory—resembles its oceanic cousin above waterline, but it has a far broader bottom and upturned ends for shallow draft and ease of maneuverability. It is the consummate hard-hulled boat for swiftwater travel, and is increasingly popular throughout the country and the world.

For this class we will build Woodie Hindman’s 1940s 16’ Double Ender with Transom—the forebear of nearly all driftboats and river dories. We will start with a small set of numbers—called a Table of Offsets—loft the design in full scale, build all the components and build the boat (two if the class is big enough). On the second weekend we’ll finish the interior, paint it, and row it below the shop on the Merrimack River. Along the way we will identify and solve the myriad problems that are inevitable in boatbuilding. At the end of the course we will raffle off the boat(s) for the cost of materials.

Students in this course will come away with the skills to build a variety of river dories with only rudimentary plans and simple tools. And have an absolute blast along the way.

Instructors:

Brad Dimock comes from a long line of carpenters. He combines this heritage with five decades of rowing boats in the whitewater of Grand Canyon, the West, and the world. He owns and operates Fretwater Boatworks in Flagstaff, Arizona. Along with his small eclectic crew, Dimock specializes in designing and building Grand Canyon dories of all sizes. Fretwater Boatworks strives to perpetuate the heritage and skills of wooden whitewater boatbuilding, while keeping the craft fun, innovative, and exciting. He teaches boatbuilding and other skills at his shop and at WoodenBoat School. When Brad and his crew are not in the boatshop, they can be found rowing their brightly painted boats on the rivers of the West.

Cricket Rust has been boating Grand Canyon since she was eight, and works summers there rowing dories and rafts. She has worked as a boat designer, builder, and painter at Fretwater Boatworks for seven years and is Dimock’s “right-hand man.” She is a gifted teacher both in the shop and at WoodenBoat School. She is currently writing a book on traditional construction of whitewater dories.

https://fretwaterboatworks.com/

https://fretwaterboatworks.com/fretwater-lines/

 

 

 

Women on the Water

WHEN: 3rd Thursday evenings, 6-9PM; June 18 – September 17

Join us at Lowell’s Boat Shop every 3rd Thursday of the month for a Girl’s Night Out adventure. Depending on our numbers and the tide, we’ll row together in the Surf Dory or in teams in our Banks dories to different destinations along the Merrimack – for a hike, a dip, or simply for the sheer pleasure of rowing on the river. After our rowing outing, we’ll head to The Ale House for libations and a bite!

Members: $15

Nonmembers: $17

Seafaring and Sail Training for Adults

When: Friday, September 18th – Sunday, September 201th

Join us for a weekend sail training adventure aboard the wooden 131’ gaff-rigged schooner Harvey Gamage! A collaboration between Lowell’s Boat Shop and Sailing Ships Maine, this voyage offers the opportunity to cruise the Maine Coast as a member of the Gamage crew, helping to put the Schooner through her paces. Sail handling, navigation, watchstanding, and using the schooner’s safety and anchoring equipment will all be a part of your daily life at sea. Our itinerary will be dictated by the weather, but may include a visit to historic Jewell Island, occasions to observe marine mammals and sea birds up close, a talk about the Maine fisheries and aquaculture, and an evening of stargazing with an astronomy buff. Enjoy delicious meals and restful nights at anchor — interrupted only by your night watch, a memorable experience.

Space is limited. Please email dorothy@lowellsboatshop.com if you have questions.

Program Dates & Rates

  • Board Friday, September 18, 2020 at 4pm in Portland, ME (dinner will be served on board)

  • Disembark Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 4pm in Portland, ME

  • Fee of $595 per person ($1090 per couple) includes 3 meals per (full) day (dinner on Friday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday). While adult beverages will be allowed at dinner (BYOB), the hands-on nature of this distinctive program requires that participants be mindful and aware at all times while on watch.

  • Due to the uncertainties presented by the Covid-19 epidemic, we are not requiring deposits at this time. You are welcome to register to hold your spot without any financial obligation; once we are able to confirm, we will connect with you and request payment. Click on the FREE ticket to hold your spot.

Please note: If you are looking for an experience with no sail training involved, we will be offering opportunities to sail and stay onboard the Harvey Gamage during the Gloucester Schooner Festival (September 4-6); details coming soon.

Build Your Own Fox Double Paddle Canoe with Bill Thomas

This class, offered over two consecutive three-day weekends (November 6-8 and 13-15), 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.

 

Tuition: $750 (LBS Members get a 10% discount)

The cost for the kit is $1,485 for both members and non-members (no member discount).

Total registration cost:   LBS Members: $2,160    Nonmembers: $2,235

 

Class begins Friday morning at 8:30am with a brief orientation and overview of what we will accomplish during class time. We’ll work until about 6:00 each evening, and should finish early in the afternoon on Sunday, November 15. Family-built boats or builders with partners are welcome.

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. Two accessible watertight compartments add flotation and dry gear storage. There’s ample room for a camping kit. A rotating seat back and caned seat insure all day paddling comfort. Fox is 14’7” long with a beam of 30″; the finished weight is just over 40 pounds. For more information please follow this link: http://www.billthomaswoodworking.com/fox-canoe-boat-design-detail.html.

Building the Fox to a high standard takes about 80 hours, including paint and varnish. In a six-day building class the boats are assembled and ready to transport, but students usually finish the epoxy coating, sanding and painting at home. (Once they have the boats home, students will need to provide their own sandpaper, paint, varnish and finishing supplies.) At the end of class all students will have Bill Thomas’s contact information and access to the 21-part building video on the Fox design.

In a review featured in Wooden Boats annual Small Boats issue Mike O’Brien commented on Fox’s handling. “Fox appears to have just the right amount of directional stability. It likes to keep going where we point it, yet it turns easily and predictably.” I’m not sure what more to ask for in a small boat.

www.billthomaswoodworking.com