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Barbey Maritime Center for Research and Industry

Wooden Boat Building Courses at the Barbey Maritime Center, Astoria Oregon

The Columbia River Maritime Museum is pleased to offer courses at the Barbey Maritime Center. They are drawn from both Western and Native American maritime cultures and are suitable for a wide variety of interests and skill levels.

Classes are small, and each student will have the opportunity to interact with instructors who have been chosen for their expertise and ability. You will go away from these courses with the knowledge and confidence that you can create things out of wood, metal, or rope, even if you never build an entire boat, have no particular need for a beautiful rope-stropped wood block, a hand-made fishing net, a bentwood box, or a cast bronze oarlock. We hope your curiosity will be whetted, and most of all, that you will have an entertaining and enriching experience.

Named in honor of the Barbey family, the historic 1925 Astoria Railroad Depot has been transformed and is dedicated to the preservation of traditional maritime skills and trades. In addition to housing courses, workshops and demonstrations of skills and trades relevant to the maritime culture of the Columbia River, it will also serve as the Museum's regional boat documentation center.

For more information, please visit or call 503.325.2323.

Category: Wooden Boat Building