Reinventing Yourself: How a Traditional Wooden Boat-Building School Added Diesel Engines to Its Curriculum Without Losing the Smell of Sawdust

About four years ago, the board of the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building decided to take a good, hard look at its curriculum. The 37-year-old school had made a name for itself in the local Port Townsend, Wash., community for graduating bright, competent students, but the focus on building just wooden boats was limited in a community where one out of five jobs is in the traditional marine industry.

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