First courses for 2021 are up

Essential Skills Course with John WelsfordOur most popular course and a great introduction to the skills required to build small plywood boats.This is a two day hands on course.Dates: 20th and 21st March. 0930am-4pmmore info or to book your space HERE Build a Half Model Course.This…

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2020 What a year!

In spite of Covid causing major disruption this year, 2020 has still been a pretty big year for the boat building school. Achievements for this year are. 9 Courses held. 54 students achieved new skills, completed a project and were awarded an NZTBS  certificate. 2…

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NZTBS / Taikata Sailing Club Kids Build

Fitting Some Copper Rivets to the Gunwale In a Joint venture with Taikata Sailing club we have been running a week long course for a group of 9 year olds who are building a pair of John Welsford Scraps dinghies. Under the expert guidance of…

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Wanting to learn how to use those hand tools?

We've all struggled with mastering hand tools at some stage and just some simple tips and guidance can make all the difference between gnawing chunks of wood away and then resorting to sand paper in despair and the joy of slicing thin precise shavings cleanly…

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Lots of learning going on here!

Another packed Essential Skills Course by John Welsford was held over the weekend, really nice to see such an enthusiastic bunch learning a whole lot of new skills and numerous tips and tricks from John. As a part of the two day course the students…

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Its a good time to learn some new skills

Its a great time to learn some new skills, We have a bunch of exciting courses coming up in which you can expand your knowledge of woodwork or boat building, build yourself a small project and take away skills you will keep for ever and…

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A Second Essential skills course Just announced.

We are pleased to announce a second date for our ever popular Essential skills course run by John Welsford. 28th-29th November. for all the details click here Plus we have these amazing courses coming up too. An introduction to fine woodworking. 12-13 Sept This is…

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Two New Courses Coming Up

Its certainly been a challenging few months but we have two new and exciting courses coming up for September and October, Both of these courses will teach you a whole bunch of new skills and you will take home something that you've created with your…

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Half Model Course, This Weekend!

Half Model The NZTBS Half Model Course is on this weekend 4th and 5th July and there is a couple of places available. Book Now HERE This is a fantastic 2 day course taken by Alan Hooper you will learn all about making half models…

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How about building a half model?

Last year I graduated from a weekend course with a half model of a sailing dinghy.   I took my boat home and mounted it on a mirror.  My grandchildren have asked why it has 4 oars. I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity of working with wood and…

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We are Back!

With the change to level two and the increase of group sizes to 100 we are now able to offer our much loved courses again. We have some new dates for our most popular courses below and more exciting announcements to come. Essential skills course…

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Covid19 update

Unfortunately due to the Covid19 situation we have had to postpone or cancel all upcoming courses and shut the school down until the situation becomes safe to operate again. If you have booked on an upcoming course, Eventfinda will be in touch in the next…

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