Teaching Students to Build Beyond Ordinary Since 1993

Boatbuilding & Restoration Program:
Become a Fine Woodworker

Do you have a passion for making things with your hands using wood?

IYRS's nationally accredited Boatbuilding & Restoration program will immerse you in the complete woodworking and wooden boatbuilding process where you'll learn and work beside expert craftspeople at the edge of Newport Harbor in Newport, Rhode Island.

No prior boatbuilding or woodworking experience is necessary, but a passion for working with your hands to restore and create is. You will have the incredible experience of restoring an historic wooden boat to the water in each year of this 20-month program. The wood-centered Boatbuilding & Restoration sets up students to thrive as highly skilled craftspeople and woodworkers in today’s job market. 

Find out why Newsweek named IYRS one of the Best Maker Schools in the world in 2021 and why more than 700 companies seek to hire our graduates.  

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Explore Woodworking Through the Boatbuilding & Restoration Program

IYRS provided an extensive education in all things related to working on wooden boats. I became not just a wooden boatbuilder, but a fine craftsman.
- John Gaffney '17, 
Professional Boatbuilder with Tumblehome Boatshop 

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