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 eight 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 less than 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.

You will be working together to build a traditional Banks Dory: from picking the best wood (and what makes it the best), to the copper clench nails, & choosing which hackmatack knees to use, we are doing it today as they did it 100 years ago.

The class is designed for those with basic woodworking skills, although the most important thing is an interest to learn. You needn’t be a cabinet maker but should be familiar with basic hand tools. All tools used in construction will be provided. 

The cost of the course is $950 (plus hst - so that's $1,092.50CAD or roughly $827 USD); 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 Autumn 2020 course has been postponed. Please email if you would like to be notified when the next dory building course dates are set for the Spring of 2021!

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