Northwest School of Wooden Boat-Building, Port Townsend, WA: nwboatschool.org
Jonques de Plaisance: jonquedeplaisance.net
TrackersNW - kayak and umiak workshops: TrackersNW.com
Western Oregon Messabouts: www.coots.org
Center for Wooden Boats, Seattle (Homebuilt Boats!) www.cwb.org
Check to see if Ernie has public workshops coming up:
The Wisner family is salty clear through, kinda like Ernie's favorite licorice.
Ernie and his father Ron Wisner worked and ran boats in the fishing fleets of Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. They spent time overseas in the US Navy, and on other voyages in private and commercial vessels. Both have built and designed boats for commercial fleets, tourist/recreational use, and historic repairs or re-creations.
The Wisner family tradition includes Norwegian and English boatbuilding methods, including traditional knotwork, netmaking, and modern fittings and maintenance. Ernie studied traditional skin-on-frame boat construction for both kayaks and umiaks with Yipiq/Inuit boatbuilders (if you need to hear 'Eskimo' at this point, your education has included some mis-information). He competed in rowing (single-shell sculling) during the 1990s and early 2000's.
Both Ernie and Ron were qualified seacaptains with all the associated safety, navigations, engineering, and maintenance training. Ron also worked as an engineer (in the maritime setting this is the engine and systems technician, kinda like an engineer on a locomotive train). Ernie also worked in seafloor mapping and exploration.
Here are some boats Ernie's been interested in lately:
Ernie's Hooper Bay-style kayak: