New Boatwright-In-Residence Program Launched

The Center for Wooden Boats has launched a “Boatwright-In-Residence” program at CWB at Cama Beach and is partnering with Northwest Seaport on launching the same program at Lake Union Park. “Getting that first job out of school is daunting in any industry, so we’re pleased to work with our partners at Northwest Seaport to create this new opportunity for recent marine carpentry graduates,” CWB Executive Director Betsy Davis noted.
 
Allen Fletcher, who recently graduated from the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock, Washington, is filling the 10-week residency at Cama Beach State Park this fall. Allen said he is “excited about the opportunity to work on cool historic boats.”
 
At Lake Union Park, the Boatwright-in-Residence, Christine Jacobsen, will gain experience working both on the large, heavily-planked historic vessels at Northwest Seaport, such as the 1889 tugboat Arthur Foss, and also on the small boats at CWB. Christine will live aboard the Arthur Foss and work closely with experienced shipwrights as she continues learning the trade and prepares for the transition to the job market.
 
Otto Loggers, Northwest Seaport Executive Director, observed that “Northwest Seaport is excited to help launch this program as it helps contribute to developing the individuals’ repertoire of job skills and improves the condition of the Arthur Foss. It’s a win, win, win situation as we gain a skilled set of hands and the individual gains experience under the guidance of our shipwright.”

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