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Lowell's Boat Shop

Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 8:00 AM - Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 5:00 PM (EDT)


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surfboard workshop   more info May 11, 2019 Free  


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Thursday, May 16 through Sunday, May 19

8AM - 5PM each day

$1795 tuition ($1900 after May 1; registration closes May 11)

Please call Lowell's Boat Shop to pay tuition to avoid processing fees.

Lowell’s Boat Shop in Amesbury is pleased to collaborate with Grain Surfboards to offer a 4-day wooden surfboard building class at the Boat Shop. The class is perfect for those who want to make their own board but don't have the space or tools to get the job done right. No experience necessary.

Students have their pick of over a dozen different models to build, and will start with a board that has the frame already glued to the bottom planks. Two Grain board builders will be available to guide students through the easy step-by-step process to ensure that each board becomes a beautiful one-of-a-kind surfboard that will last a lifetime. Together, we'll explore basic surfboard design concepts, the simple application of steam to manipulate wood into shapes, adhesive applications, elements of edge tool work and use of other traditional hand tools, glassing and effective use of epoxy. By the end of Day Four, you’ll have your own board, ready to glass. Fiberglass, hardware and resin are provided so that the board can be glassed at home, or left with us to be glassed and shipped later.

Tuition costs include: All materials (sustainably grown cedar, zero VOC bio-epoxy, etc.) and selected pages of detailed instruction on glassing and finishing -- along with the glassing supplies. Use of shop tools and set up during the class (no need to bring your own tools). Eligibility to participate in Grain's "Build Your Own Quiver" incentive plan. We'll even throw in a delicious breakfast and lunch as part of the tuition! Students are responsible for their own dinner costs as well as accommodations; discounted rates are available to Lowell’s participants at Fairfield by Marriott.


Have questions about BUILD YOUR OWN WOODEN SURFBOARD ? Contact Lowell's Boat Shop

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Lowell's Boat Shop
459 Main St
Amesbury, MA 01913

Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 8:00 AM - Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

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Lowell's Boat Shop



Established in 1793, Lowell's Boat Shop is the oldest continuously operating boat shop in the United States and is cited as the birthplace of the legendary fishing dory. Lowell’s is the only remaining survivor of the area’s world-renowned dory manufacturing industry that produced in excess of a quarter of a million dories over a period of two centuries. Building more than 2000 boats in 1911, this business was one of the first in the Nation to employ a seminal form of assembly line manufacturing.

Conveyed through seven generations of the Lowell family, Lowell’s Boat Shop was passed to the Odell family in the 1980’s and then to the Newburyport Maritime Society in the 1990’s. In 2006, Lowell’s was purchased by Lowell’s Maritime Foundation, an independent non-profit group with the mission of leading this National Landmark and Working Museum through its third century of wooden boat building.

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