Workshop on the Water

Independence Seaport Museum's boat shop, Workshop on the Water, is dedicated to the skills and traditions of wooden boat building and sailing in the Delaware Valley and the New Jersey shore. Visitors to the Seaport Museum can interact with the boat builders as they work on various projects. The Workshop on the Water builds and restores privately-owned vessels as well as maintaining the Museum's own boat collection.

Classes

Boatbuilding 101

Learn the traditional methods of how to build a wooden boat in Boatbuilding 101. The area's finest teaching craftspeople will show you the skills of lofting, mold making, steam bending, stem carving, planking techniques, and more, equipping each student with the knowledge and ability to build a wooden boat on their own.  

One of the only adult boatbuilding education programs in the Philadelphia area, the class takes place in our renowned Workshop on the Water over the course of four separate sessions. Maximum capacity of up to 8 students. A one-year individual Independence Seaport Museum Membership is included with all Boatbuilding 101 registrations. 

Attendees must be present from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on all of the following dates: 
Saturday, February 2, 2019 - Session 1 
Sunday, February 3, 2019 - Session 2 
Saturday, February 9, 2019 - Session 3 
Sunday, February 10, 2019 - Session 4 

Cost for Non-Members: $340

Current Museum Members receive a discounted rate of $300 for Boatbuilding 101. Please check your emails or contact our Membership Department at 215-413-8626 or membership@phillyseaport.org to receive the special promotional code for the discounted rate. 

 Metal Casting 101

Unearth the basics of how to cast objects from various types of metals in Metal Casting 101 at Independence Seaport Museum. Students will create their own pattern from scratch, pour molten metal, and take home their very own piece of hardware. The course will focus mostly on the use of casting as hardware for boats but skills can be applied in many ways to other functions.  
Metal Casting 101 takes place over the course of one weekend on March 16-17, 2019 in our Workshop on the Water. 

Attendees must be present from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the following dates: 
Saturday, March 16, 2019 - Session 1 
Sunday, March 17, 2019 - Session 2 

Cost for Non-Members: $190

Current Museum Members receive a discounted rate of $150 for Metal Casting 101. Please check your emails or contact our Membership Department at 215-413-8626 or membership@phillyseaport.org to receive the special promotional code for the discounted rate.

Volunteering

Volunteers at the workshop work alongside our professional crew maintaining, restoring and building traditional boats. We have work for all skill levels and are open seven days a week. The easiest way to get started is to simply stop by. You can also call 215-413-8638 or email to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Want to volunteer in our Workshop on the Water? Contact Dave Dormond, Workshop on the Water Educator, at ddormond@phillyseaport.org or 215-413-8685.