Wooden Boats, Boatbuilding, and Hands On Education

The Buffalo Maritime Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational institution devoted to wooden boats and boatbuilding. The Maritime Center functions as an inter-generational community center where volunteers of all ages are trained to mentor young people in practical life skills during the regular work week, after school and on weekends.

Using boats and boatbuilding as the lure the Center is a safe place for kids and adults where the traditional values of self-discipline, self-sufficiency and a craftsman-like attitude are intrinsic to the work of building a wooden boat.

BMC staff and volunteers are organized to offer hands on traditional skills classes and workshops that focus on wooden boats and boatbuilding for academic credit, for technical arts education in grades 5 through adult education levels, and to the general public for quality of life improvement in the community. A core belief at BMC is that there is dignity and joy to be found in performing good meaningful work with our hands.


Story Poles & Tick Strips

Boats by design are curvy. Lacking straight lines and parallel surfaces like the plywood materials used in boat building, they present problems for the builder who is trying to make tights fits on the curvy planes. One method serious boat builders use to solve this dilemma is through “one to one” measuring using tick strips.