Projects geared toward carpentry and maritime trades, yet useful crafts that students can keep or share

Apprenticeshop hosts free hands-on crafting program for Oceanside High School students

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ROCKLAND — The Apprenticeshop will host a free after-school programming in partnership with RSU 13  and One Community Many Voices starting November 4.

Participants will learn valuable trade skills and can join no matter what skill level they have; they can be as creative as they want with modifying projects or designing their own. Transportation from Oceanside High School to the Apprenticeshop and back home is provided.

The first session will run Mondays and Wednesdays (with some exceptions) November 4 - December 18, from 2 - 5 p.m., and participants will be able to make projects that they can take home and keep. Projects can range from making wooden bowls and spoons to leatherwork or sail cloth tote bags and nautical ropework.

The goal of the programming is to engage youth with their minds and hands and see trade skills and craftsmanship continue to thrive, according to Apprenticeshop, in a news release. Projects are geared towards skills in carpentry and the maritime trades, as the strength of the Apprenticeshop is boatbuilding, but the projects will be useful crafts that students can keep and use or share with friends and family.

This opportunity includes the chance to try sailing and navigating once conditions warm up in the spring/summer of the 2020 school year.

Leading this program is Emma Hathaway, who took over as Seamanship and Waterfront Director of the Apprenticeshop this spring. She has worked her way up, from joining a Maine windjammer as an assistant cook in high school, to being captain of numerous tall ships and schooners including the Maine Maritime flagship Bowdoin.

Along the way, Hathaway has been a part of numerous builds, rebuilds and repairs and brings that familiarity with maritime projects and handicrafts to this course.

Material costs are covered, and the program runs at no cost to participants thanks to support from One Community Many Voices and the 21st Century Grant after school grant funded after school programming from RSU 13.

The Apprenticeshop has been running programs since 1972. It is host to a youth and adult sailing program, as well as longer term (12-week and 2-year) boatbuilding apprenticeships.

The shop is open to all for visits Monday - Friday during work hours (8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.) and hosts lectures and short-term specialty classes (bronze casting, canvas work, navigation, toboggan building, half hull models, etc).

For more information, visit, call 594-1800, or email if you don’t have time to stop by in person.


Want to sign up for this program?

Contact Alanna Hernandez RSU 13 Afterschool Program Assistant or call 207-370-4286

Event Date: 

Mon, 11/04/2019 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Event Location: 

The Apprenticeshop


655 Main Street
Rockland  Maine
United States

Contact Name: 

Alanna Hernandez, RSU 13 Afterschool Program assistant

Contact Phone: 

(207) 370-4286

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