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Pram Boat Building: Build Your Own Traditional Norse Pram

Course Overview

Take this one-of-a-kind opportunity to build a custom-sized, traditionally built wooden lapstrake boat, originating in design and construction from the fjords and fishing villages of Norway and Sweden. Over 12 days, students will complete the Norse Pram, an inshore craft that makes an excellent tender or rowboat at the lake, and is often referred to as the “water wheelbarrow” of the fjords of Norway.

In consultation with the instructor, you build and design your own 10’ to 16’ pram using traditional materials including white spruce, white pine, oak and copper fastening to meet your intended uses for the boat. Students interested in building the pram as a sailing vessel are welcome to do so. The pram is built using old-world, simple and honest construction techniques. Students will learn to ‘loft by eye,’ making it a great project for the first-time boat builder, who will walk away with a lifetime of skills, or experienced builders interested in this unique style of construction. In the traditional fashion, the boat will be finished with pine tar, linseed oil and turpentine. Students are encouraged to bring a partner to help; this can be a great family project that will result in a lifetime of memories. The instructor will consult with each student six weeks prior to start of the course to assess materials needed for the intended boat to be built.

The instructor will consult with each student six weeks prior to start of the course to assess materials required for the intended boat to be built. Material costs may vary given market prices and will be determined at this time. Each student will be expected to reimburse materials costs at the onset of the course directly to the instructor. Payment for materials may be made with cash or check only.


Thu, Jan 4th, 2018  –  Mon, Jan 15th, 2018

Course Details

Length: 12 Days
Skill Levels: Intermediate
Hours: 9am-4pm
Registration Cost: $3,225.00
Additional materials fee paid to instructor when class starts: Varies ($1,400-$1,700)


You will need the following tools for this class:

ball peen hammer
shop apron (available for purchase at our school store, call 888-387-9762)
tape measure
carving knife (also available at our school store)

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call the front office if you have not received it within 24 hours.

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