The Dory Shop

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada | (902) 640-3005 |

Build a dory with us!

Every year we hear from a number of people who are building dories at home. And why not? They are great boats and a fairly straightforward project to build. Still, many people confide that though they’d love to build a dory, and may even have had a set of plans kicking around for a few years, they just aren’t sure they’d know enough to complete the job. And let’s face it, who wants a half-built dory taking up space in the garage for the next 10 years?

That’s why we’re offering dory building courses, right here in our shop on the Lunenburg waterfront. Each year we hold up to two building courses with space for up to six people per course. This number was selected to provide unparalleled instruction time and also provide as much hands-on building as possible. We will not hold the course without a minimum of four students to ensure the dory is completed and launched within the two-week timeframe and the participants don't miss any part of the building process from start to finish.

As part of the course, you will build a traditional Banks dory. This dory will be sold to class participants at a significantly reduced price at the end of the course; all interested participants may enter a draw for this opportunity. If all six students have an interest in owning her, your chances will be 1 in 6!

The class is designed for those with basic woodworking skills. You needn’t be a cabinet maker but should be familiar with basic hand tools. All tools used in construction will be provided. Students will not be using power tools

During your time in Lunenburg we hope to visit other marine businesses including a sailloft and block shop. This will depend on scheduling and interest, both on your part and the part of the businesses involved.

The cost of the course is $950 (plus hst); and includes hearty daily lunches (Monday to Fridays) and breaktime refreshments.  Additional information and applications are available by calling 902 640-3005 or emailing You can also download our application form and email, post or fax(1-902-634-9985) it in!

The course dates for 2018 will be Monday 24 September until Friday 5 October.

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