The Boatwright in Residence Apprenticeship Program is focused on providing new wooden boatbuilders who have recently graduated from a wooden boatbuilding program the opportunity to hone their skills and network with the local industry in order to help jumpstart their careers.
In 2021, the Boatwright in Residence Apprenticeship Program focused on the restoration of Pamela, a 21’ sloop rigged Blanchard Jr Knockabout (BJK) built in 1936 by the Blanchard Boat Company on Lake Union. CWB owns seven of these historic vessels, which constitute the organization’s core learn-to-sail fleet. This restoration began in 2019 with funding support by King County’s 4Culture and featured apprentices from a local high school, Gibson EK. That initial work focused on replacing cedar planking, caulking, re-bedding of the keel, and deck repair. The remaining tasks included floor timber replacement, installment of new steam-bent white oak frames, and building a new mast for the rig. The Apprentice Boatwright led this part of the project with guidance from CWB’s boatwrights, providing a prime opportunity to apply skills recently learned from a boatbuilding school.
CWB features four separate fully-outfitted boatshops for the restoration and construction of wooden boats. Two of these shops are located at the main campus in South Lake Union, with a third in North Lake Union. In 2018 the organization opened the Wagner Education Center which houses the new 1,000 square foot Bill Garden Boatshop. This increase in workshop space has greatly improved the organization’s ability to provide robust educational opportunities.
The apprentice will work under the guidance of Josh Anderson, the Executive Director and graduate of the Apprenticeshop wooden boatbuilding school in Rockland, Maine; and Dustin Espey, the Livery Manager and graduate of the Landing School in Arundel, Maine. Mr. Espey is a 2018 participant in the Independence Seaport Museum’s Shipwright Apprentice Program which was also funded by The RPM Foundation. He credits that opportunity as critical to boosting his confidence and resume in order to secure employment at The Center for Wooden Boats.
The 2023 application process is now open. Inquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Find more detailed application information here.