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Boat Design Principles and Carving a Half Model of a Lake Superior Fish Tug: Online Course

Course Overview

This is an opportunity to dip your toes into the world of boat lofting, the technique used by master ship builders for generations until the advent of computer aided design. Rather than lofting students will use boat design techniques at scale. In the first session, students will draft the Grand Marais Herring Skiff from a table of offsets (measurements taken by the instructor of a boat built in Grand Marais). Students will move on to drafting a more complex boat, a Lake Superior Fish Tug. In the second session students will learn to translate their drafting into a three dimensional model. And in the third sessions students will carve the model to perfection and talk about preparing it for display. Students will be sent pushpins, a baton and a thin piece of plywood to use as an ad hoc drafting surface. Students will also be sent tables of offers, containing data to draft the two boats and quality paper to loft on. Finally students will be sent wood milled to the proper dimensions to begin to build the model from. Students will provide their own wood glue and paint or varnish to finish the model.

To allow time to ship materials, registration for this class closes on March 2nd. Shipping fees are included in the materials fee for folks registering from the contiguous United States. If you are registering for this course from outside of the contiguous United States, please call our main office (218-287-9762) before registering to find out what additional shipping fees may be incurred as part of your registration.


Tue, Mar 16th, 2021

Course Details

Length: 3 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 6:30-8:30pm CST on three Tuesday evenings, March 16th. 23rd, and 30th
Intergenerational age: N/A
Registration Cost: $170.00
Includes materials fee of $50.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

Students will be mailed a package of materials which will include:

  • pushpins
  • a baton
  • a thin piece of plywood to use as an ad hoc drafting surface
  • tables of offers, containing data to draft the two boats
  • high quality paper to loft on
  • wood milled to the proper dimensions to begin to build the model from

Students will need the following equipment at home (details about each tool and suggested purchasing sites will be provided in your confirmation email):

  • Spoke shave
  • Coping saw or band saw or scroll saw (any one of these)
  • A heavy table to work on and a clamp or vice to be able to clamp your work to it
  • Basic wood glue, any brand

Optional Tools

  • Block Plane
  • Hallowing plane like a chair makers plane, pattern makers plane or spoon plane
  • Gouge
  • Card scraper

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.

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North House is now requesting full payment at time of registration. Payment plans are available upon request — don't hesitate to contact us at 218-387-9762 if you need to arrange one.

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Cancellation Policy

If North House must cancel a course, students will receive a full refund of any payments made for that course.

Students who cancel their enrollment more than 21 days prior to the course will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee to cover administrative costs. In recognition of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for courses, students who cancel their enrollment 21 days or less prior to the course are not eligible for a refund.

Certain classes have different cancellation policies. When this is the case, it will be noted in the Course Overview on this page. Please be sure that you are familiar with your class's cancellation policy, and contact us if you have any questions.