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It's been 10 long months since the last episode of Building Evelyn. But there's a new one that picks up where Lou and Ken left off. We're updating the website. Check out the new Gallery photos and video. And  we're scheduled  to post a new video on the first Friday of every month. 


Watch Episode 18: Fitting, glueing and fastening planks. 


Our Mission

Bristol Shipwrights' mission is to preserve and demonstrate traditional woodworking and boat building skills and techniques. More than that, we're working to develop new ways to use the latest tools and materials to help us and you build stronger, more affordable and enduring boats and construction projects of all kinds. The best way we know to do that is to video and share with you our current and future projects. Evelyn is our first project and only the beginning. But we hope you'll join us for each and every video and voyage.  

Meet Evelyn

Rethinking a cruising schooner from the 1920s 


43” o.a x 33” w.l. x 12’ beam x 6’ 5” draft

Able Offshore — Handy — Roomy

Full Keel Schooner

Ready for Delivery

Alden Design No. 270

Join Bristol Shipwrights as we document and video the challenges of building  a  43' Alden 270 schooner.  Whether you're a professional or backyard boatbuilder, a woodworker, or a dreamer, we're confident you'll learn something new about boats and woodwork from our screw ups and successes. 

See the progress we're making on Evelyn


In EP17,  pretty much the whole crew worked seamlessly to glue up Evelyn's heavy deck beams. All beams were made from the strip planking off-cuts.

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The simplest way  to make a pattern for a plank requires a stop at the lumberyard and the office supply store.  See how in  EP16 of Building Evelyn.

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