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Bob Hergert of Port Orford will teach a scrimshaw class on Saturday, April 23rd at the Boat Building Center. Scrimshaw is the art of incising or cutting designs into bone and ivory. Early whalers used whales’ teeth and bone to create their works of art. Eskimos used mammoth and walrus tusks.The class is limited to 10 participants and will beheld from 10 am to 2 pm. The cost of the class is $45 for members and $50 for non-members. The fee includes materials to make your first project. Pre-registration is required as class space is limited. For more information and to register for the class contact the Coos Bay Boat Building Center at 541-808-2211 or email Tom Leahy at Check out information about Bob Hergert and his art at; Scrimshander and Scrimshaw and Bobgergert

Past Classes

The Boat Building Center held a workshop to construct a Montana Pram beginning January 16th and will run every Saturday for four weeks through February 6, 2015. Workshop time is 9 am to 1 pm. The nine foot pram was designed in 1991 and is an excellent project for beginners to learn boat building skills. The pram is light weight and compact and is especially desirable for fishing and recreational uses. It can be carried on the deck of a sailboat or in the back of a pickup. The pram assembles quickly and without complicated procedures, making it an ideal first woodworking project.

Are you interested in constructing a canoe, a paddle, an oar or spar? The art of scrimshaw, making and sharpening tools, building a tool chest? How about a 6 hour canoe, ship modeling, a duffle bag, steps to buying a boat, boat handling and navigation, knot tying, boat restoration, soap making, calligraphy, etc…Modeled after the Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle, WA, the initial plan for our Center was to have one boat building class after another, complimented by other craft classes.

What has become the new model of support has been given to us by the Coastal Celtic Society that asked to use the Center for building a traditional Irish curragh.

Thanks to Frank Murphy for initiating the idea and the patience to start the project. The type and number of classes is dependent upon the interest and requests made by members of the center and the community.

2012-xx Charleston Boat Project e.JPGThe curragh is complete and comes with a very large group of supporters, around the world, who have seen the progress on Facebook.