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.

Woodworking Classes

Carving Wooden Spoons

Friday, August 9, 2024
3 PM - 6 PM


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Open Shop Hours

Wednesday, August 14, 2024
Every Wednesday, 5-8PM

Currently paused, sessions resume August 14! Access our state-of-the-art facilities to work on your own self-directed project. Complete shop safety training and gain access to mentorship and supervision from industry professionals. Pre-registration is required.

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Community Boat Building

Thursday, August 22, 2024
Thursday & Friday, August 22 & 23: 9 AM - 4 PM
$400 per team

Join us with your team (families welcome) to build your very own boat - in just two days! Ages 12+

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Traditional Joinery - Dovetails!

Friday, August 30, 2024
5 PM - 8 PM

Learning how to hand-cut dovetails is a rite of passage for any woodworker. Join us to practice the timeless art of traditional joinery in this hands-on, one-day class.

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Woodworking Foundations

Monday, September 23, 2024
Monday & Tuesday, 10 AM - 4 PM

Join our two-day foundations class to build confidence in woodworking. Craft your own wooden step stool using hand and power tools.

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Intermediate Woodworking - Memory Boxes

Sunday, September 29, 2024
10 PM - 4 PM

Build skills and confidence in woodworking! Learn how to use power and hand tools to fabricate your own memory box, a classic milestone for any intermediate woodworker.

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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