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Workshop Descriptions


Photos of actual Hood Canvas jobs, students train on a large model in-shop

Basic Workshop:

We teach you the basics of running and setting up a canvas shop. Everything you need to know to get up, running and selling canvas at a profit. We teach you sewing techniques, patterning. The base bimini teaches important fabrication skills that can be applied to many variations. The basics of proper frame design are covered. We fabricate two biminis in the shop from start to finish. 3-Days $1,250 per person

Bimini Enclosure Workshop:

We teach you our unique method of building a bimini enclosure in one step using our proprietary "flip trace" method of creating bimini visors. We also teach you how to use our large binder to dramatically speed up quality enclosure fabrication. This is an advanced workshop, sewing skills or our Basic Workshop are required to attend. We set up a frame, pattern and construct a bimini enclosure in the shop during this workshop. The techniques covered are very unique and this is an excellent workshop for those established shops that would like to refine their skills. Our most popular workshop! 4-Days $1,550 per person

New - Two Step Bimini Enclosure Workshop:

This will be a cool workshop. Sometimes with small and large jobs, it is just easier to fabricate the bimini first, then come back and pattern the enclosure after. We teach you how to do this while maintaining our custom visor angle. This workshop builds on skills learned in our Bimini Enclosure Workshop in which the one step pattern process is taught. However, this is an easier stepping stone into Bimini Enclosure Fabrication and can be taken after our Basics Workshop. We will be fabricating the bimini first, then we will sew the top enclosure zips directly onto our pattern to speed the enclosure patterning process. To seasoned Hood system users this will be a good workshop to attend. Natural intersections, flip traces, and pattern darts are all maintained as part of our system. Usually the two step is the best choice with larger Bimini Enclosures. 4-days $1,550 per person

California Dodger Workshop:

This is an advanced workshop geared towards those shops that would like to add high quality California style sailboat dodgers to their knowledge base. California Dodgers feature removable side curtains, additional space and increased visability over Traditional Dodgers. California Dodgers are the most popular style of dodger. Dodgers are a profitable addition to any shop. We will set up, pattern and fabricate two California Dodgers from start to finish using our unique methods. We teach you some of the challenges sailboats and sailors present and how to address each one effectively. 4-Days $1,650 per person

Traditional Dodger Workshop:

This is an advanced workshop geared towards those shops that would like to add high quality Traditional style sailboat dodgers to their knowledge base. Traditional Dodgers just look better on some older classic boats. They are also popular with those sailors that like to fold their dodgers often. In addition, the methods learned are applicable to creating high quality bow dodgers on center console boats. We will set up, pattern and fabricate two Traditional Dodgers from start to finish using our unique methods. We teach you some of the challenges sailboats and sailors present and how to address each one effectively. 4-Days $1,650 per person

Hardtop Enclosure Workshop:

This advanced workshop is geared towards those students that would like to learn to fabricate track to track enclosures. We will teach you the latest quality fabrication techniques using Stamoid "Open" and "Makrolon" Hard Windows. These skills are a necessity for the larger sport fishing boats. Your work will stand out from the crowd and increase profits for your shop with these high end fabrication techniques. Sewing experience on an industrial sewing machine is required to attend. 3-Days $1,600 per person

Navy Top Workshop:

High quality Navy tops with side curtains are a Down East Tradition. We teach you our one step method of patterning both a Navy Top and Side Curtains together. This workshop expands on concepts learned in our Bimini Enclosure Workshop, so it is a prerequisite to attending. The skills to fabricate quality Navy Tops in a modular fashion are essential to have in your skills toolbox. Concepts learned can be applied to many other structure fabrications. Students will make two complete Navy Tops and side curtains in teams. 3-Days $1400

Cushion Workshop:

We teach you the basics of patterning, cutting and sewing all types of box cushions. We teach you how to angle to fit a hull, make up welt cord and align corners correctly. We also teach you to cut foam correctly and stuff your covers the easy way. Cushions are a profitable addition to any shop and help fill the long winter months. They are also excellent for shops that are just getting started as they are fast and easy to make once you know how. 2-Days $1,050 per person

New - Advanced Cushion Workshop:

Students must have basic knowledge of making cushions or have attended our Cushion Workshop. We will teach you to pattern, cut and fabricate a knee lift cushion with two compartments in the proper sequencing. The skills learned can be carried forward into upholstered bottoms or other complex foam shape patterning such as corner pieces, lumbar supports, etc. Each student will make and go home with their own knee lift cushion. 2-Days $1,050 per person

Pattern Angles Workshop:

For Advanced Hood System Users Only. This is a three-day advanced canvas extravaganza. Subjects covered will be diverse according to group input and as time allows…  This course puts the one step Bimini Enclosure Workshop on steroids.  Included patterning with darts, two-step bimini enclosure with zips stitched on patterns. We will fabricate a forward enclosure that tucks under the windshield with all the tricks to save time patterning and fabricating. 3-Days $1,400 per person

New – Advanced Sewing Machine Workshop:

This workshop teaches advanced sewing machine repair skills. Essential information for replacing hooks, timing and other repair skills. This workshop will be held at Sloan Machinery in Salem, NH. Sam Sloan will be teaching our students on how to perform these various repair techniques on the most popular sewing machines. This workshop will be very hands-on with every student having their own machine to work on. Students in groups will learn how to replace and adjust properly various essential components to keep their machines running smoothly. Mark and Deb will be on hand to assist and answer questions. There is a limit of eight students. Breakfast and Lunch are included. 8:30am - 4:30pm
1-Day $449 per person

Private Training:

Mark and Deb are available for private training at our facility in Merrimac, MA or at your shop. This is an excellent workshop for prior students or established shops that would like to improve their fabrication skills. We can tailor our training to any of the areas of custom fabrication that your shop would like to learn or improve upon. Our private training is scheduled on a time available basis. The cost is $1,150 per day for private training at our facility or $1,150 per day plus airfare and hotel if at your shop.