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. 

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At the workshop

Thank you to our Schooner and Skipjack Level Corporate Sponsors of our 4th Annual Open House!


TWBW held its 4th Annual Open House on Sunday, May 5th  at the workshop.  This event celebrated the accomplishments of our amazing students and showcased the boats they’ve built over the past year. We appreciate everyone who came out to make the event a huge success.   THANK YOU!! 

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: admindir@twbw.org. Slots filled on a first come, first serve basis.

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. 

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​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

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