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

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"It is by having hands that man is
the most intelligent of animals."

Anaxagoras, as quoted by Aristotle

Building To Teach coming to
Silver Spring Neighborhood Center,
Bay View Middle and High School

Plans are underway for All Hands Boatworks to lead a Building To Teach boat building project at the Silver Spring Neighborhood Center.  The after-school program will involve fifth-graders from Browning Elementary School. In this project, students will work cooperatively and creatively on their boat as a work of art.  Students will also raise their cross-cultural awareness of how different cultures have designed boats to meet their transportation needs.  The B2T project is slated to begin January 23. It is being partially supported with funds through the
MPS Partnership for the Arts and Humanities.

All Hands Boatworks is also excited to announce an upcoming collaborative project with Bay View Middle and High School and Artists Working in Education, Inc.  An instructional team of artists, boat builders, and tech-ed teachers will be working with 30 eighth-graders on this multi-disciplinary project.  The project will integrate art, carpentry, and a series of STEM-based lessons. This exciting project begins March 3.  It is being partially supported with funds from The Mary Nohl Fund in the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and Waterstone Bank. 

Welcome New Members

Welcome to the newest members of All Hands Boatworks. All of the following individuals are now "Founding 50" members.  We are very grateful for their support.

Jennifer L. Abraham
Peter and Joan Bruce
John Grunau
Thomas McGuinn
Johan and Jane Segerdahl
Meridith and Ryan Young
Become a "Founding 50" Member Today

If you aren't already a member of All Hands Boatworks, consider becoming a FOUNDING MEMBER of Milwaukee’s newest and coolest youth empowerment initiative.  Join “the crew” and support our efforts to educate, mentor, and guide some of the most at-risk children and teens throughout Milwaukee’s most under-resourced neighborhoods.

All Hands Boatworks was started to inspire and guide young people overwhelmed by socio-economic and educational hurdles to develop skills, determination, and confidence to chart a better course as young adults.  AHB currently offers an on-site program called Building to Teach. With sufficient support, AHB has plans to offer an after-school and summer teen employment programs, family and adult workshops, and community rowing on Milwaukee's rivers. 

Get involved and become a Founding Member today.  All Founding Members receive an AHB membership card.  Members receive early notice and discounts on workshops, special events, family programs, merchandise, and permanent recognition on the Founders Honor Roll.  An individual membership is $100.  A couple or family membership is $150.

Please bear with us as we develop our website tools.  Right now, we are "old school."  If you would like a membership form, send us your address, and we'll mail it to you right away:


You don't have to become a member to get involved, and, of course, a donation in any amount is greatly appreciated. 
Build Your Own Canoe!

All Hands Boatworks is excited to announce a winter workshop in collaboration with the Lynden Sculpture Garden in Brown Deer.

Building the Six-Hour Canoe

Feb. 22 (9 am-4 pm), Mar. 1 (9 am-4 pm) and Mar. 8 (if necessary)
Lynden Sculpture Garden
2145 W. Brown Deer Rd.

Have you ever DREAMED of building your own boat, but didn’t know where to start? Have you ever wished that you could BUILD something with child, grandchild, or partner that would make a

Enroll in this introduction to boatbuilding workshop and learn new craft skills as you and your teammate build a handsome, 15-foot plywood canoe that will be ready to launch when the ice melts in the spring. We’ll use common tools and materials and discover a new uncommon language as we cut and assemble the frames, gussets, gunwales, and chines. No previous experience necessary.

Fee: $425 non-members/$399 --  All Hands Boatworks  or LSG members. This is the fee for a team of two. All materials are included and you keep the boat you make.

Registration: This workshop is ideally designed for one adult and one child (ages 10-17).  Space is limited to four teams. Advance registration and payment in full is required.  
Visit the LSG website to register:



Upcoming Youth Programs

Welcome New Members

Founding 50 Drive

6-Hour Canoe Workshop

Volunteers Meeting 1/22/2014


For more than 30 years, the Alexandria Seaport Foundation has been changing lives through its acclaimed Apprenticeship Program. Our colleagues there were recently featured in a short video.  Follow the link.  Their program is a model for what AHB could do in MKE with YOUR help.


Wednesday, January 22
7:00 p.m.
(on the river of course)

2060 N. Humboldt Ave.

For more information, contact Bill at
262-290-0228 or




. . . stay tuned.

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 project of the Milwaukee Environmental Consortium,
a 501(c)(3) nonprofit