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Boat Geometry: Lofting and Half Hull Modeling

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Course Overview

This class will demystify the traditional practice of boat lofting and help students gain the general skills of reading and understanding boat plans. Boatbuilding requires breaking down complex three-dimensional shapes into two-dimensional representations through a traditional pattern-making technique called lofting. In this class, we will work as a group to loft two different boats in full size. After lofting, each student will build a half hull model from a set of scale boat drawings. A choice of two or three designs will be available. The half models will be carved to final shape but students will take them home to paint or varnish them-- instructions and advice will be provided. This is another way to translate boat drawings into 3-dimensional objects and serves as a good follow-up exercise to lofting to help students more fully understand boat geometry.  This course is open to students ages 16+.

Required Tools

All required tools will be provided.

Optional Tools

  • Block Plane
  • SpokeShave
  • Gouge
  • Round Bottom or Spoon Plane


Thu, Mar 3rd, 2022  –  Sat, Mar 5th, 2022

Course Details

Hours: 9am-5pm each day
Tuition: $255.00
Materials fee: $70.00
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Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Josh Tolkan
Josh Tolkan
Grand Marais, MN

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Boat Geometry: Lofting and Half Hull Modeling