The Heritage
Boat Shop

Celebrating Tacoma’s rich maritime heritage by representing the past, present, and future of boat building.


Welcome to the Heritage Boat Shop, a vibrant community space where craftsmanship, creativity, and education converge. Nestled in the heart of Tacoma's downtown working waterfront, our wooden boat shop welcomes enthusiasts of all skill levels to explore the art of woodworking.

We offer a wide variety of classes to the public, led by experienced artisans and instructors. Our course offerings range from family craft events to intro-level adult woodworking, to advanced boatbuilding and marine technology. Join us to preserve Tacoma's rich maritime history, and discover the joy of woodworking!

~ A special thanks to our team of dedicated volunteers who make our work possible.

Course Offerings & Upcoming Events

Heritage Boat Shop Celebration - THIRD THURSDAY

Thursday, September 21, 2023
4:00 PM -8:00 PM
Free Community Event

FREE museum admission (4p-8p), Boat Shop crafts for all-ages, price raffle, snacks, (cash) Bar, and more!

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Woodworking - Table Saw & Power Tools Workshop

Sunday, September 24, 2023
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Sunday, September 24, 9 AM - 1 PM In this one-day class, you will learn how to use a variety of power tools, while building a small picture frame to take home with you! This course will focus on tool safety to build confidence in the shop. Your instructor, Alice, will help you learn the fundamentals of using a table saw, belt sander, miter saw, and more. Join us in the Heritage Boat Shop to explore the basics of woodworking in a hands-on, mentorship-based class instructed by Alice Clabaugh (she/her), a graduate from the Wood Technology Marine Carpentry program. Please wear closed-toed shoes and comfortable clothes, all safety equipment will be provided. Ages 18+ If minimum enrollment is not met you will be contacted through your provided email address and issued a full refund. Please contact Cori with any questions,

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Contact Us

To contact us with questions on our course offerings or about joining our team of hardworking volunteers, please email our Boat Shop Coordinator, at