Want to learn a skill in a week? Develop an appreciation for a craft over the course of a weekend workshop? The Apprenticeshop has developed workshops and shorter programs that require less of an investment in time and money. These short programs include weekend maritime craft workshops where participants can build a pair of oars, craft a half-hull model, learn bronze casting or the basics of brazing, or learn marlinspike seamanship and decorative knot work. Or come spend a week and build a toboggan or a small boat!


This weekend-long program will teach the basics of bronze casting and offer a hands-on exploration of basic soldering and brazing for small custom metal marine hardware.

Master metalsmith Doug Borkman of RISD returns to The Apprenticeshop for his popular 3-day bronze casting workshop. This class covers all the basics of bronze casting: pattern making, sand casting, pouring bronze, polishing and finishing. Doug is an expert in metallurgy and provides students with a comprehensive background in casting methods.

Borkman teaches wood and metal shop practice in the RISD BFA and MFA sculpture programs and has previously taught at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine. He has worked on many design projects including the Providence Children’s Museum and Buddha Bar in NYC, and he has been a consultant for a number of large-scale projects including a public sculpture for the artist Martin Puryear. Online at www.douglasborkman.com/.

Dates: October 2017 TBA
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 9am - 4pm

Cost: $425 includes a $50 materials fee

A $75 non-refundable deposit* holds your place in the workshop.

*Deposit goes towards cost of the workshop and is non-refundable if participant cancels after 8-14-2016.


Our annual toboggan building workshop (a two-day workshop held in January) helps racers build their own sleds for the U.S. Toboggan Nationals held in Camden, Maine the first weekend in February. The Shop's annual toboggan-building workshop is a popular team event. Try your hand at bending, sanding and fastening a 2 - 4 person toboggan. Suitable for racing or casual recreation, we build according to the specs for the annual U.S. National Toboggan Championships held in Camden, Maine the first weekend in February. All tools and materials are provided to build your sled. Limited to 4 teams of up to 4 persons each. Great for families, youth groups and those preparing for the race! This is a popular workshop that fills up fast.