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Building Jerry Briggs's legendary Rogue River Special
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Hi all--Cricket and I will be teaching a class building the Rogue River Special in November, back at the historic Lowell's Boat Shop in Massachusetts. Check the link in my blog to the left if you're…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wayd Drake Oct 12.

Briggs style Grand Canyon Dory course

Hi all,If anyone out there wants to take a two-week course in how to build a Briggs boat, I am offering one in Maine this summer at WoodenBoat School. June 30 thru July 13. We'll start with lofting…Continue

Started Dec 17, 2018

Teaching a McKenzie boatbuilding course
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Hi all,I've been going back to WoodenBoat School in Brooklin, Maine for about five years now, picking up amazing amounts of information and reveling in the incredible setting on the Eggemoggin Reach…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brad Dimock Jan 17, 2016.

Drift Boats heading toNew Zealand
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Andy Hutchinson and I are on our way to New Zealand to build two open Briggs boats for a fellow down there. What fun.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Baker Oct 26, 2014.


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Oct 12
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"Have no fear. I left a sht of 1/2 in sande marine outdoors in the pnw for 2 years. We were having fence issues in a corner I couldnt see so I threw it up and forgot about it. One corner was stuck in the mud. One surface weathered but in good shape.…"
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About Me:
Rowed wooden dories for Martin Litton in Grand Canyon for a long time. Still row them now and then. Built a few historic replica boats and ran them as well. Now building dories.
Boats I own:
1972 Briggs dory, Woodie-style McKenzie, replica of 1937 lapstrake Buzz Holmstrom boat

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Building the Rogue River Special--a class

Building the Rogue River Special

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Cricket and I are teaching a class at the historic Lowell's Boat Shop in Amesbury, Massachusetts, birthplace of the dory, November 11-16. We'll be building Jerry Briggs's legendary Rogue River Special, and one lucky student will take it home for the cost of materials.…


Posted on August 22, 2023 at 2:07pm

Building McKenzies in the Center of the Dory Universe

Hi all,

Cricket and I are excited to announce a course this November at Lowell's Boat Shop in Amesbury, Massachusetts, the oldest working boat shop in the country and the birthplace of the ocean dory. We'll be building one or two McKenzies depending on class size, over the course of two adjacent three-day weekends. If anyone here is wanting to build a drift boat but are feeling too timid or don't feel they have the requisite skills, this is a wonderful opportunity in a truly amazing…


Posted on April 6, 2022 at 12:04pm

McKenzie Boat Class

I am excited to offer the McKenzie boat class again at WoodenBoat School in Maine this July. It's perfect for someone who really wants to build one but doesn't know how or where to start, or is intimidated by the array of skill sets necessary to do the job.

We will build the Hindman 16' Double-ender with transom.

We will start by lofting the boat from a table of offsets, correcting, customizing or idealizing as we go. We'll build all the frames, transom and a rolling-bevel…


Posted on February 7, 2020 at 9:40am

Boatbuilding, oarmaking, bronzecastin: Classes

Most of you folks here aren't in the market for class, but for those of you that are, I just posted my winter offerings. If you want to build a boat, shape an oar, cast custom bronze boat hardware--but don't have the nerve to start out on your own, this might be just the ticket.…


Posted on December 11, 2017 at 10:09pm

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At 12:39pm on December 4, 2011, Ben Vance said…

Thanks, you are a great help to a first time builder.

At 8:06am on December 4, 2011, Ben Vance said…

Brad, do you typically glass the bottom side of the top decking on your colorado river dory's?

At 2:20pm on November 18, 2011, Ben Vance said…

Thanks Brad.  I am building a Briggs dory but with stich and glue method.  Do you have any suggestions for screwing the outer gunwhale using this method?


Thanks for your help,


At 12:53pm on November 18, 2011, Ben Vance said…


I was reading latest post on your Fretwater blog about not gluing the outer gunwhale to the plywood side.  Can you tell me the process you followed while building your colorado river dories last year?



At 2:54pm on September 6, 2011, Greg Hatten said…
Cool - thanks Brad.  How bout if we change the trip to June, include Peter Pfau from the Interpretive Center, and I donate the Portola to the museum... not necessarily in that order... ha ha.  Gonna be a historic wood boat trip - would be cool to have you along.  I'll be shooting a lot of video with new Contour Cams..... GH
At 12:56pm on September 6, 2011, Greg Hatten said…

Hi Brad - 

Thanks... I talked to Roger this morning and we've been studying those pics to try and figure it out - pretty fun.  I'll try Martin and see if he knows.  hey if Kit Africa is drawn to river boats, he'll probably stop by... pretty sure I'll have the only Drift Boat there.  I'll watch for him.

Dave Mortenson and I are going to spend some time "chatting" about our March trip - why don't you come with us & row Edith... ??  Just a thought - that would be pretty cool.  


At 4:13am on June 22, 2011, Jim Rubino said…
Wow.  do you get tired of it?  and are you driving dories this summer?
At 7:33pm on June 21, 2011, Jim Rubino said…

thanks Brad, appreciate all the information.  are you guiding there this summer?



At 11:56am on June 21, 2011, Jim Rubino said…

Thanks Brad, appreciate the info, am surprised you didn't mention Dubendorf and you're recommending a left run in Upset?  I've run it left a couple of times in a dory but at much lower flows.


best, Jim

At 7:10am on June 21, 2011, Jim Rubino said…

Hi Brad:  met you on a grand trip couple of times, just wondering if you can give me any pearls of wisdom on a grand run at 25,000...seems our launch next month (July) will be sporting some flows higher than what I've run in a dory.


any info much appreciated, best, Jim


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