Marine Canvas Training Workshops

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From Sept through March every year Mark and Deb teach small “boutique” canvas training workshops for just four students per class. No other canvas school offers the individual attention, advanced fabrication techniques and years of experience in the trade that we do. My wife Deb and I have been in the marine canvas business for over 35 years. This level of experience is hard to come by in the marine canvas trade. We have acquired a vast knowledge of quality canvas fabrication techniques that we share with other fabricators on a daily basis. Our unique methods of fabrication have been featured in numerous articles for Marine Fabricator Magazine. Our Large Binder featured in the articles can be purchased here on our web page.

Our canvas training workshops are hands on and very comprehensive in scope. They are geared to both beginners and experience fabricators that want to refine their skills. We prefer to keep our classes limited in size to 4 students at a time. We believe this class size lets you learn faster and more effectively. Deb and I teach as a team, so there are two instructors in every workshop. Students will be provided with a very comprehensive manual complete with illustrations and photos covering every aspect of the workshop. You will train on Juki LU-1508N sewing machines and an Adler 867 long arm, all with powerful AB321A Efka needle positioning servo motors. These are the same machines we use in our day to day production. If interested in one of these fine machines please contact Sam Sloan at Sloan Machinery 603-893-8883 and he will help you in the selection process. We will teach you to pattern and fabricate high quality dodgers, biminis, enclosures and cushions that command top dollar and set us apart from the other canvas schools. We have trained many sucessful and profitable shops over the last nine years from around the world in our workshops.

Mark Hood, MFC is a Certified Master Fabric Craftsman certified by the Industrial Fabrics Association International. You will learn with a highly qualified teacher with 35 years of experience. Mark is a member of the Marine Fabricators Association, the Industrial Fabrics Association International and the North East Canvas Products Association.

Workshop Information and Details:

We are an active canvas shop, so our students will get a real idea of how a busy canvas shop runs and is set up. We are located in Merrimac, Massachusetts on the border with New Hampshire. We are just upriver from the historic and busy seaport of Newburyport, Massachusetts. There are many interesting places to visit, eat or just walk the river on the boardwalk.

For Hotel accommodations, we recommend the Hampton Inn in Amesbury, MA. Please call 978-834-5080 and choose ext. 0. Then have them enter our corporate code 0003157577 to get our low rate of $89/night. They are just down the road from us off I-95 and the rate includes a hot breakfast. They have free Wi-Fi, a gym and indoor pool. It is a brand-new facility and our students have really liked it.

We are a short drive north of Logan International airport in Boston, MA <BOS> or a short drive south of Manchester Boston Regional Airport in Manchester, NH <MHT> Be sure to bring a dedicated digital camera with plenty of storage capacity and battery's. We start in the morning at 9am and run to about 5pm each day. For more information or to reserve a space in our upcoming workshops, call or e-mail Mark or Deb.

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We hope to see you! Mark and Deb