Life Skills Through Boatbuilding

TWBW Begins Spring Boatbuilding Program  (03/26/16)

TWBW has kicked of a spring semester of wooden boatbuilding. Ten Norfolk teens have begun work on a 13-foot sailboat of a Joel White design called the "Pooduck Skiff." Keep checking this web site as we will begin posting photos of our students in action building this beautiful boat. 

TWBW Moves Into New Workshop  (12/08/15)

We've moved!!!  But we haven't gone far.  Our address will remain the same, we've simply moved into a different building  at the  Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority's (NRHA) Facilities Management compound at 910 Ballentine Blvd. in Norfolk.  ​The new shop is over three times the size of our old one and significantly increases our student and boatbuilding capacity. It also gives more room to store boats and material, as well as providing classroom and office  space.  We are extremely grateful to NRHA for their generous support in providing us this wonderful workshop. Thanks also  to our tremendous volunteers who undertook the months-long task of  moving boats, tools & equipment, workbenches, materials, furniture and a 900 square foot wooden floor and setting them up in the new shop, all in time to start the winter program.  

TWBW Awarded Grant 10/01/15
TWBW has been awarded a grant from the Community Leadership Partners of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation.  HRCF is the largest provider of grants and scholarships in southeastern Virginia. This grant will help support our winter 2015 boatbuilding program highlighted in the article below.  We are extremely grateful to the HRCF Community Leadership Partners for helping TWBW make a difference in the lives of the young people we serve.

TWBW is interviewed on Wavy 10 (3/15/18)

Here's a link to an interview by Marielana Balouris featuring our young boat builders in action. ​ 

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TWBW's  2018 Winter Newsletter(3/1/18)​

​Take a look at TWBW's first  Quarterly Newsletter!  It provides an update on what's going on at the shop, highlights a tool our students learn to use,  and puts a spotlight on one of our young boat builders!     2018 Winter Newsletter.pdf

TWBW Begins Winter Boatbuilding Program  (12/08/15)

The sounds of hammering and sawing are once again filling our  workshop as TWBW has kicked off its winter boatbuilding  program.  Twenty-one eighth grade students from Norfolk middle schools began constructing three 12-foot rowboats the week of November 30th.  The program is a collaboration between TWBW and the Nauticus museum, and all the participants are sailing students of Sail  Nauticus Academy.  The program will run through the first week of March 2016 at which time a formal launching ceremony will take place at the Nauticus waterfront.

Keep checking this web site for photos, like the ones below, and stories of our young boat builders in action. 

TWBW at Engage Norfolk 2018(02/11/18)

Tom Brandl, Executive Director talks with Marielena Balouris from WAVY10 about TWBW and our youth boatbuilding program before going to Engage Norfolk this past weekend. See the video here: 


​Thank you to everyone who came out to our Third Annual Open House! We hope you had as good a time being here as we had hosting you. We are grateful to our wonderful sponsors that helped make this event a success.