Workshops & Podcasts

Workshops & Podcasts

Saturday Shop Talk  -   One Saturday morning each month (usually the 2nd Saturday), we open the boatshop doors for some good old-fashioned shop talk. During these informal events, Reuben will talk about each of the boats on the shop floor (currently there are 12). You'll learn about their history and the boatwork being done to them. Bring questions on your own boat, too; we're happy to share what we know.

Events are free but registration is requested. Call Tumblehome Boatshop at 518-623-5050 or email to register.

Find out about upcoming Saturday Shop Talk dates on the News & Events page.

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The Back Story

An excellent and entertaining instructor, Reuben Smith has conducted boatbuilding workshops and classes over more than 10 years. Reuben Smith founded Mass Bay Maritime Artisans, and has taught courses at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), for the Antique & Classic Boat Society (ACBS), Hull Lifesaving Museum, and several other institutions.

A believer in sharing information and in learning by observing, reading, and doing, Reuben Smith’s teaching style demands you think about what you’re doing and approach the pursuit with intelligence and thoughtfulness.

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Below is a partial listing of the workshops Reuben has conducted:

  • Boatbuilding Tricks of the Trade: Lines Plans and Special Skills
  • Building the Shellback Dinghy
  • Boatbuilding Skills Series
  • Building Half-Hulls

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