All Hands Boatworks exists to build character, opportunities, and hope
in Milwaukee's youth through
 wooden boatbuilding, work experiences,
and on-water activities.

April 2015
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(l to r) William G. Johnson, Chairman/CEO of Johnson Level:  Bill Nimke; Peter Olsen, past president of the Mequon-Thiensville Optimist Club 

Measure For Measure
Area company makes tool donation


     Johnson Level & Tool Co. Inc. has generously donated to AHB more than 170 brand-new measurement tools.  The gift includes tape measures, combination squares, bevel gauges, levels, carpenters' squares, and straght edges.  Johnson Level & Tool, a 68-year-old company with headquarters in Mequon, WI, is an industry leader whose product lines are trusted by professionals worldwide.
     "I had no idea that Johnson Level would be giving us enough tools to equip a class of 20 students," said Bill Nimke, All Hands Boatworks' founder.  "Up until now, we had barely enough measuring tools to lead one or two projects at a time.  Their donation will go a long way to enable us to conduct multiple projects with many more students." 
     AHB would also like to thank Pete Olsen and our friends at the Mequon-Thiensville Optimist Club for introducing us to this great company.


AHB receives grant
from the Forest County
Potawatomi Foundation
     All Hands Boatworks has received a $10,000 grant from the Forest County Potawatomi Foundation.  The grant will assist with the expansion of AHB's youth programming and workforce preparation for teens in Milwaukee.  "We are thrilled with this gift," said Bill Nimke, AHB's founder. "This will help us move forward with our plans for much-needed advanced projects and skills training for youth.  We are most grateful."
Carmen High School Launches "Sea Eagle"

   What began as a school project in January while the outdoor temperature hovered in the single digits culminated with a beautiful spring day launching recently. Nine high-school students from Carmen School of Science & Technology christened and rowed their 12-foot wooden skiff for the first time on the Menomonee River, a celebration of an elective class project that started this past winter. The students also used their boat for a community service river clean-up.

   All of the students successfully completed a 30-hour introductory class on boatbuilding led by instructors from All Hands Boatworks. The students were taught how to read scale drawings, apply mathematics practically, use tools safely, and learn the carpentry used to build their boat.


Don't Just Sit There!
Work with All Hands Boatworks
this summer

     AHB is hiring Lead Instructors, College Interns, and High School Interns for PAID and VOLUNTEER opportunities.

     Whether you work with us to build a 12' wooden skiff, a cigar-box guitar, or lead on-water maritime activities, you'll be building youth in an unforgettable way. 
     Work with AHB for one week, one project, or more.  Summer programming varies.  Please contact Bill at All Hands Boatworks for more information -- --, or 262-290-0228.

The application deadline has been extended until May 15.  Here is a link to the form: 

Summer Teen Camp
June 15-19, 2015


     Start your summer with an awesome outdoor camp program right here in the City! Students entering 9th grade or currently enrolled in high school have an opportunity to take part in RiverVentures Teen Camp. Learn about environmental preservation, water conservation, careers, and carpentry through teamwork and creativity. RiverVentures Camp activities include:
  • Building a real 12-foot wooden rowboat and exploring the Menomonee River.
  • Obtaining service hours by participating in clean up and water quality testing.
  • Learning about career opportunities in high demand fields of construction and water careers.
  • Observing how macroinveterbrates give clues on the health of a water ecosystem.
  • Touring higher learning institutions and employers to learn about post high school options. 

June 15th -19th -- 9am to 4pm.

Lunch provided. The program is FREE to high school students living in the City of Milwaukee.


Follow this link below to the KGMB website
and click on "Summer Camps": 


Questions: Contact Analiese at, or Bill at



Johnson Level & Tool Donation

Forest County Potawatomi Foundation Grant

Sea Eagle spreads its oars 

AHB is hiring and recruiting volunteers!

RiverVentures Teen Camp

Now hiring for summer Boatbuilding Camp



Please join our efforts to build the character, education and job opportunities, and hopefulness in Milwaukee's youth.

July 27-August 1

AHB is seeking qualified instructors for its first Boatbuilding Builders Camp, which will take place at the Southeast Wisconsin Carpentry Training Center, July 27-August 1, 2015.   Application deadline is May 15.  Please contact Bill Nimke for details,



Robert B. Brumder

Ann Brummitt

Norma Balentine

Lynn Rix

Bryan R. Schultz

Thor Stolen



All Hands Boatworks, Inc.

1845 N. Farwell Ave.,
Suite 100

Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: (262)290-0228

For all inquiries, 
please email -

All Hands Boatworks is a member of the Teaching With Small Boats Alliance.

All Hands Boatworks is a certified Building To Teach trainer.

All Hands Boatworks, Inc. is a tax-exempt charitable organization under sections 501(c)(3) and 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.