Building Boats, Nurturing Lives, Helping Others

The Carpenter’s Boat Shop offers transformative apprenticeships in the art and craft of boatbuilding

apprentices posing with finished skiff


Wherever our apprentices are coming from, wherever they may be headed, the Boat Shop provides a safe harbor before setting sail on a new course in life.

detail of wooden boat interior


Our high quality boats and other wood products are lovingly made using traditional woodworking tools and techniques. Your purchase directly supports our mission.

tiny sailboat held in someone's palm


Your support gives apprentices the opportunity to seek a deeper self-awareness, a clearer vision for their life’s goals, and a stronger commitment in their service to others.

Come on by!

Visitors to the Boat Shop are welcome! Please join us for tea from 10-10:30am on any weekday. To arrange a visit at another time, just send us an email.

Tea Break
M-F 10-10:20am
440 Old County Rd., Bristol ME 04558

If you can’t be here in person, we invite you to connect with us on Facebook and Instagram.

Or, pay us a virtual visit: learn more about the Boat Shop and see a photo gallery here.