Carmen High School students at work on the utility pram.
All Hands Boatworks exists to build character, job opportunities, and hope in Milwaukee's youth through  wooden boatbuilding, work experiences, and on-water activities.
May 2016
Keep updated with AHB each month by making sure you are receiving our emails into your "Inbox." 
Check Out Our New Website!

All Hands Boatworks finally has its own WEBSITE, thanks to a collaborative project with a student team in the UWM School of Information Sciences.  AHB was chosen for the semester-long project to work with student scholars in the UWM "NonprofIT" Program on the design and development of our first website. 

On the website, you will be able to:

~ Learn about AHB programming
~ Track upcoming events on our calendar
~ Request information about program offerings
~ Get involved as a volunteer
~Sign-up to receive AHB e-newsletter
~ Make secure donations to support our youth mission

All Hands Boatworks is very grateful to its UWM student IT team.  If you are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is interested in the UWM NonprofIT Program, visit

RiverVentures Teen Camp
June 20 - 24, 2016
(Register online NOW - It's FREE)

Start your summer with an awesome outdoor program right here in the City! FREE for students entering 9th grade or currently enrolled in high school  Learn about environmental preservation, water conservation, careers, and carpentry through teamwork and creativity. RiverVentures Camp activities include:

• Build a real 12-foot wooden rowboat and explore the Menomonee River.
• Obtain service hours by participating in clean up and water quality testing.
• Learn about career opportunities in high demand fields of construction and water careers.
• Learn how macro-invertebrates give clues to the health of our rivers.
• Tour higher learning institutions and employers to learn about post high school options.

9 a.m - 4 p.m. daily
Lunch provided
FREE to qualifying high-school students who live in the City of Milwaukee


1. Go to
2. Click on the "Education" tab from the menu at the top of the page.
3. Select "Book a progam" from the drop-down menu
4. On the "Private Reservations" page, the site will prompt you to select a program you would like to book.  Click on the green "Book" button for the RiverVentures Teen Camp.
5. Click on the green "Book" button a second time to confirm you want to enroll in the Camp.  It will list the tuition as $250.  Enter promo code "MKEBoat".
6. Enter required information and submit. 

Go Rowing With AHB Throughout the Summer

Every Thursday and Saturday in June, July, and August!

Thursdays, 5-8 p.m.
Saturdays, 1-4 p.m.

Come rowing this summer in handmade wooden boats built by Milwaukee’s youth. Free rowing to the public. Community members from children as young as five, to middle and high schools students, to adults and senior citizens can try their hand at rowing one of AHB’s 12-foot skiffs and learn about the Menomonee River Valley at the same time.

Please pre-register on our website.  Under Programs, click on programming applicaiton.  Under "desired program," select "community rowing."  Fill out requested information and submit.

(For youth groups, other times available by reservation. Please contact for details)

Location:  AHB Boatyard
1313 W. Mount Vernon Ave. (just south of 13th Street and Mt. Vernon Ave. on the Menomonee River)
Thursday Nights are

Come check out our
newest shop space

3841 W. Wisconsin Ave.

   Here is a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about boat building and about All Hands Boatworks' youth development programs. AHB volunteers and newcomers work on boatbuilding projects and other youth program-related projects.
   We meet every Thursday evening, starting at 6:00 p.m. Stay any time and feel free to come and go. No firm time commitment required.  Enjoy the camaraderie of boatbuilders, woodworkers, educators and philosophers! For more information, contact Bill at 262-290-0228.
Next Issue --
Look for an Update on
All Hands Boatworks' Youth and Community Boat House!



AHB's New Website

RiverVentures Camp for Teens (June 20-24) 

FREE Community Rowing

$25,000 Donation

Thursday Open Shop Nights

Grab an Oar, Get Involved



Please help us to build all youths, especially those whose lives are harder than we can imagine, to develop the skills, perseverance, and purpose
to succeed and grow.

$25,000 gift made to AHB

All Hands Boatworks has received a $25,000 gift from a local anonymous donor to support its growing mission and operations! 

AHB is most grateful for this incredible generous donation and reflection of confidence in our efforts to help youth find purpose in their lives!


All Hands Boatworks is three years old this month!

Looked at another way, that's 35 wooden boats and other hands-on carpentry projects built by more than 900 youths!

Please help us celebrate this milestone with a generous donation.  We have so many more kids and boats to build!

Outboard engine needed for utility pram
AHB is looking for a long-shaft outboard engine for its 10' utility pram.  The pram was built by students at Carmen High School NW, and will be used as a small work boat for AHB's on-water programs.  AHB also has need of dock lines and fenders.  If you can help, please contact Bill Nimke, president, at



Please help BUILD
All Hands Boatworks --

friends, teachers, youth workers, business sponsors...

one of our Building2Learn

"in-residency" projects.

DONATE to support our youth.

VOLUNTEER to be trained as a boatbuilding educator or help behind-the-scenes.
Visit the Volunteers Page on our website and sign-up today.


All Hands Boatworks, Inc.

1845 N. Farwell Ave.,
Suite 100

Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: 262-290-0228

For more information, visit

or write to Bill Nimke, president and founder:

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.