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

June 2015

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    At last. . .a home for AHB?
Youth Boatbuilding at Emmber Lane Boat Launch 

   All Hands Boatworks and the Milwaukee Department of Public Works have negotiated an easement that will allow the two-year old youth development nonprofit organization to build a maintenance and storage structure on Emmber Lane, adjacent to the Menomonee River and the Milwaukee Recycling Facility. Zimmerman Architectural Studios, just up river in the Valley, is providing conceptual designs for the project.

   All Hands Boatworks plans to revitalize the existing Emmber Lane boat launch and park through programs and activities aimed at empowering at-risk youth, including building wooden boats, learning to row, and gaining a better understanding of our local freshwater resources through on-the-water activities. AHB has already begun leading its first youth program this week under temporary pop-up tents. If you are interested in helping All Hands Boatworks create its home on the river, please contact Bill Nimke, president and founder, at

Float Your Boat Day 2015
More than 100 8th and 5th graders from two Milwaukee Public Schools celebrated the launching of 12' wooden skiffs that they or their classmates built over the past six months. The students attend Gaenslen Elementary or La Escuela Fratney. At each school, the educational boatbuilding projects were incorporated into the academic day. At the celebration, students learned to row, went fishing, played games, and ate countless hotdogs and hamburgers!


Young men join
AHB summer staff

  All Hands Boatworks is pleased to welcome two young men to its staff for the summer.


Darryl Hurt has been selected for AHB's summer internship position.  Darryl just completed his sophomore year at the Carmen High School of Science & Technology (Northwest Campus).  Darryl will assist with all of AHB's summer programs and projects, including the upcoming Builders Camp at the Southeast Wisconsin Carpenter's Training Center in Pewaukee.


Redmond Tuttle has joined AHB as a summer programs assistant.  Redmond is a 2014 graduate of Marquette University Boys High School and just finished his freshman year at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN.  Redmond will assist with both boatbuilding projects and on-the-water rowing activities.

RiverVentures Teen Camp

    Three local nonprofit groups have teamed up to offer Milwaukee-area youth a hands-on, minds-on summer program.  The camp is being lead by All Hands Boatworks, Lead To Succeed, and Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful.  During the week-long camp, running June 15-19, participating youth are building a 12' wooden boat that they will launch on the Menomonee River, learning about careers in the freshwater industries and the skilled trades, being introduced to water quality sampling, and getting a behind-the-scenes tour of the UWM School of Freshwater Science.

  The camp is free to youth who are City of Milwaukee residents.  The camp is made possible with grateful funding support from Pentair Industries, Forest County Potawatomi Foundation, and MPS Partnership for the Arts & Humanities.

 Goundwork Milwaukee youth "Green Team" to build Northeaster Dory

   Stop by All Hands Boatworks' new home by the Emmber Lane boat launch this summer, and chances are you will be able to check out the construction of a 17' Northeaster Dory.  AHB will be instructing and leading the "Green Team" summer work crew from Groundwork Milwaukee*.  AHB will also be training the youth crew in safe boating practices and assisting them with on-water conservation projects.  

   The Northeaster Dory will have a hull weight of only 100 pounds, but its payload capacity will be 800 pounds.  It is small enough for to be rowed by a single person, but large enough for tandem rowing.

   The Northeaster Dory youth development project is being sponsored in part by the Fox Family Fund at the East Bay Community Foundation, Oakland, CA.

   *Groundwork Milwaukee's initiatives include the development of community-based partnerships that empower people, businesses and organizations to promote environmental, economic and social well-being.

Finally . . . A Home for AHB

Float Your Boat Day 2015!

Young Men Join AHB Summer Crew

Northeaster Dory Summer Project

FREE Community Rowing

RiverVentures Teen Camp


Imagine a community-based facility on the river that is a safe harbor for Milwaukee youth and a vibrant hands-on gathering space that values craftsmanship, connects us with our rivers and lakes, and inspires personal growth. A place where youth – and adults -- build boats and much more.


You can help build

All Hands Boatworks, Inc.

-- and more –

by getting involved today!


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FREE Community Rowing on the Menomonee River will be available by appointment starting July 1.  Great activity for summer youth programs and families.

Emmber Lane Boat Launch 

For details, contact:
Bill Nimke
(262) 290-0228


All Hands Boatworks, Inc.

1845 N. Farwell Ave.,
Suite 100

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

For all inquiries, 
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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.