Port Townsend School of Woodworking
Preserving the Tradition

Intro to technical drawing and lofting


Intro to Technical Drawing and Lofting





Ben has been developing his fine woodworking skills since 1997 when he studied industrial technology at Berea College. During this time his passion for craft also focused on clay, metal and many hours on the lathe apprenticing with Rude Osolnik.

A graduate and instructor at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, Ben has transitioned from full to part-time instructor at NWSWB in order to teach workshops at the Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle, the Arbutus Folk School in Olympia and the Port Townsend School of Woodworking.

Ben is passionate about teaching woodworking in order to preserve tradition and inspire people to keep learning. He shares the important skills of technical drafting and lofting in this five-day class. Starting with an overview of tools, language and basic geometry, he’ll guide you in understanding new concepts from free-hand sketching to sketches that illustrate multi, auxiliary, sectional and pictorial views.


Class Description

It wasn't too long ago that technical drawing and drafting was commonly taught in public schools throughout North America. With the advent of CAD almost all technical drawing was converted over to digital manipulation, however, we believe that analog still has its place. After all, just think of how much of the built world was designed without computers.

Drafting and lofting are important skills that still have tremendous value to today's builders and designers. Whether you are a furniture maker looking to explore your own designs, an aspiring boat builder, an artist looking to collaborate with another skilled trades-person, or if you simply don't want to spend your valuable time behind a computer screen, join us in this five-day class that will dive into the depths of these ancient skills.

We will begin with an overview of tools, language, and basic geometry. Students will then begin to grasp new concepts by free-hand sketching increasingly difficult objects. These sketches will introduce multi, sectional, auxiliary, and pictorial views. The class will then shift into more complex lofting and developments that will aid any crafts-person in their execution of complex projects.

Required Tools

- Drafting pencil (s)
- Drafting pens
- Eraser
- Eraser shield
- (architects/engineers?) rule
- Protractor
- Drafting compass
- Dividers
- Note pad

Suggested but not required

- Drafting board/table
- Drafting tube (to bring your drawings home)
- Drafting dots (we will have some to share)


This class is open to all. You do not need to have woodworking experience. Please bring the required tools.

Class Information and Registration

Class runs from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.
This class takes place in Building #304 at Fort Worden on November 18-22, 2019. Map
Please read our What to Expect page for general information about the school.
Please also read our Registration Policy.

Class size: 10
Cost: $775
Materials Charge: $15
Register by: November 1, 2019

When you click on the Register link you will be able to register for the class or if the class is full, sign up for the wait list.