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Winter Boatbuilding Workshop: the Nordic Pram

Lowell's Boat Shop

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 6:00 PM - Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 9:00 PM (EST)

Winter Boatbuilding Workshop: the Nordic Pram

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Nordic Pram Tuition Deposit ($200) Jan 6, 2020 $200.00 $13.80

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Building the Nordic Pram with Matt Billey

WHEN: January 7 - February 6, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-9PM

Lowell's Boat Shop Members: $715

Nonmembers: $795

Non-Refundable $200 deposit required at time of registration


A minimum of four students is required to run this class; we reserve the right to cancel due to under-enrollment.

The Norse pram is a utility dinghy with a transom bow rather than a pointed bow. This type makes more efficient use of space than does a traditional skiff of the same size. It is simply built, with overlapping softwood planks, U-shaped cross sections, and grown ribs “joggled” to fit type over the planks --  and has lots of fore and aft rocker.

In this class, we'll have fun learning about boat building with minimal use of plans or drawings. We will form the shape of the boat, as has been done for countless generations in the northland of Scandinavia, with our eyes and hands alone. We'll hone our skills in the usage of battens, fitting plank-lap bevels, fastening with Norse copper rivets, and fitting grown “crook” ribs. In keeping with the old-world working heritage of the type, our pram will have rustic structural detailing and will be finished with linseed oil and pine tar.

The class will build one boat that will be raffled off for the cost of materials on the last day.

Instructor: Matt Billey has been building traditional wooden boats for the better part of 25 years. He got his feet wet at the Apprenticeshop of Rockland from 1996-98. His experience spans from small dory skiffs up to large wooden ship restoration projects such as the schooner Adventure and many, many other mid-sized boats in between. Having Swedish and Finnish ancestry, he has a strong affinity for traditional Scandinavian watercraft. In addition to boat building, Matt also designs and builds bespoke wooden furniture, art sculptures and one-of-a-kind wooden boat baby cradles. He lives aboard his self-built 27-foot Danish double-ender, Jette, around the Northshore of Massachusetts.


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

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 6:00 PM - Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 9:00 PM (EST)

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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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