Come to TWBW's 4th Annual Open House, Sunday May 5th, 1 - 4 PM, at the workshop!

Tidewater Wooden Boat Workshop

Life Skills Through Boatbuilding


Tidewater Wooden Boat Workshop  teaches  Hampton Roads youth  STEM and life skills through the building of wooden boats and other nautical  activities. 

Support Us

Please help TWBW make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged youth.

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

At the workshop

Join TWBW at Our 4th Annual Open House, May 5th


TWBW will hold its 4th Annual Open House on Sunday, May 5th from 1 to 4 pm at the workshop at 910 Ballentine Blvd, Norfolk.  This event celebrates the accomplishments of our amazing students and showcases the boats they’ve built over the past year. As usual there will be plenty to see and do for all ages: great food, entertainment, silent auction, boatbuilding demonstrations, kids’ activities, and much more. The event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!  (Note:Photos of our silent auction items will be posted here by April 23rd.)

Youth Summer Camp Sign Up


TWBW is accepting applications for our summer camps for kids ages 11 - 18. Camps are one week long, half-day (9am – 12pm) and are held June 17 – July 26. Activities include: boatbuilding (models and full-size boats), rowing,, sailing, environmental science.  Campers must provide own transportation. 

To register, or for information, please contact us at: Slots filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Become An Open House 2019 Sponsor



TWBW is seeking corporate and individual sponsors for our 

4th Annual Open House. There are three levels of sponsorship: 

Sloop: $100   Skipjack: $250  Schooner: $500 

All sponsors will be listed in the event program and on our Facebook page by name or corporate logo. Skipjack and Schooner sponsors will also be acknowledged on our website and in the summer newsletter. Schooner sponsors will also receive a commemorative TWBW oar (pictured above). This attractive keepsake is a 36” replica of the oars our students make. 

Winter/Spring Semester Wrapping Up



We are currently wrapping up our 2019 Winter/Spring Program. Over the past several months 65 students have done a remarkable job constructing three Tidewater 14 skiffs while improving STEM and life skills.  After putting the finishing touches on two of the boats the youngsters will row them on the Elizabeth River. Check out the photos in the gallery below of our young boat builders in action. 

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Sign up to have our quarterly newsletter emailed to you.

Contact Us


E-mail us at:

​Our mailing address:

Tidewater Wooden Boat Workshop

PO Box 1243 

​Norfolk, VA 23501


Our workshop is located on the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority compound at the following address:

910 Ballentine Boulevard, Norfolk, Virginia 23504, United States

(757) 353-9418


Monday -Thursday: 9am -6pm

Friday 8:30-3pm

Saturday - Sunday: Closed

Support Us

Your support and contributions will enable us to reach more disadvantaged youth in the Hampton Roads area.

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card