From Three Sheets NW, Deborah Bach

Students learning canvas work during last year's sailmaking and rigging course. Photo courtesy of NSWBB

There are still spaces left in the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding’s upcoming sailmaking and rigging course, and even better — there are also scholarships available.

The scholarships offered by the boat school reduce tuition by 50 percent to $2,175, plus a $100 registration fee.

The course, which starts Jan. 9 and runs through March 23 at the Port Hadlock school, is aimed at beginning students interested in tradition sailmaking and rigging techniques. It runs five days a week for nine hours most days.

Taught by master sailmaker Sean Rankins of Northwest Sails, the course emphasizes hands-on learning and involves students in projects on local boats. During the 2012 class, students will make sails for two gaff topsail schooners, the Port Townsend-based historic ship Adventuress and The Spirit of Dana Point, moored in California. They will also be making the standing and running rigging for a 28-foot cutter built at the school.

For more information or to apply for a scholarship, contact Laura Allen, student services administrator for the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding at or at 360.385.4948, ext. 304.