The Joel White-designed Nutshell Pram is a popular plywood composite pram.
They’re an excellent project for our students as they can easily be built during the six month Contemporary Boatbuilding course taught annually from January through mid-June. We often build two at a time to give students more opportunities to learn the basics on these extremely capable small craft.
Prams have transoms on each end – the bow is usually a bit smaller than the stern transom. They’re workhorses, designed to carry a lot of weight back and forth to a boat from the pier. They’re designed to be easy to tow behind a sailboat, or to lift up and store on deck for longer passages. The Nutshell Pram succeeds admirably on all of these accounts.
The Nutshell Pram can be built as a rowing-only boat or equipped with a centerboard and spars so it can be sailed.
For more on Joel White, please see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joel_White
WoodenBoat magazine is also a great source of information about Joel White, his life and designs. www.woodenboat.com
Joel White’s obituary, in the New York Times, provides an excellent overview of this talented designer. www.nytimes.com/1997/12/10/sports/joel-white-66-designer-…
The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is located in Port Hadlock WA, on the Olympic Peninsula, and is a private, accredited non-profit vocational school.
Our mission is to teach and preserve the fine art of wooden boatbuilding and traditional maritime crafts. We build boats both on commission and on speculation.
You may find us on the web at www.nwboatschool.org .
You can reach us via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling us at 360-385-4948.
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