tuned, we are currently getting our North Carolina Build
a Boat program ship shape. Return often for updates.
Build A Boat.
When I first thought of starting a boatbuilding program
one of the first prerequisites was that everybody that attended
my course would leave with their own beautiful boat. Allmost
all other programs are sponsored by museums or non profit
Boatshops. We are a private business run by professional
boatbuilders. The non profit format is generally a workshop
or team effort format where a group of 4-6 people build
the boat and at the end of the session lots are drawn, and
the winner, for the price of the material can purchase the
boat. In some courses all you end up with is a set of molds
to take home with you. In most cases these end up in your
cellar or in your garage. If you want to build your own
boat, then The Little Boat Shop is the place to go. For
some people this is all they are looking for. We want everyone
of our students to lrave with their own handcrafted wooden
boat built by themselves in our program. Over the last 12
years we have built hundreds with our students and I am
proud of all of them. Some take longer than others due to
busy schedules but they all get finished and when they leave
my shop you would be hard pressed to tell wether a professional
builder or a beginner built the boat.
I am quite sure that I have the only program in the country
where I work one on one with my students to complete their
boats. We have had people from all over the country visit
us, spend a good week or so and complete their boat. You
will see some of them if you go to the Alumni
Page. Some of our builders have sold their boats and
come back to build a different design that involves a higher
skill level. We call this our Captains
Club and wait till you will see some of their work!