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Friday, September 6 • 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Building the Viking Ship Polaris

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Creating the 38’ replica of a Viking ship originally built on Norway’s west coast in 1030AD took daring, patience, remarkable collaborations, and a good dose of skill. Fidalgo Island boat builder, Jay Smith will share a tale of traditional shipbuilding that includes sawyers, blacksmith, sculptor, sailmaker, visionary owner, and the camaraderie that kept the project moving forward until a festive launch in November, 2017.


Jay Smith

Aspøya Boats
From apprenticeships in Norway and the Faroe Islands in the early days, Jay Smith has specialized in lapstrake construction and Viking ship building. He has shared these traditions with enthusiastic boat builders and wooden boat enthusiasts through hands-on workshops, lectures and... Read More →

Friday September 6, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm PDT
Technical Stage