Welcome to the Rocky Mountain Shipwrights Website

Please join us April 19-20-21 for an exhibit of about 50 of our model ships at Rockler Woodworking and Hardware, 2553 S Colorado Denver CO. 303-782-0588

We are a group of model shipbuilders in Colorado dedicated to promoting, developing, and furthering scale model shipbuilding. We are about 50 strong, building many types and sizes of model ships – from Egyptian barges to WWII destroyers, ships in bottles to all-paper models, miniature liners to four-foot men of war. Several members and their creations have won national and regional awards, and some have built models now on display in maritime museums nationwide.

But we’re not all expert modelers. Some members are working on their first models. They get advice and encouragement from those who are more experienced, and the goal is for everyone to enjoy the hobby of building model ships and to get the satisfaction of completing and displaying their handiwork.

Contact our Skipper, Martin Jelsema, with any questions at 303-242-5975. 

Scratch-built model of a West-coast schooner by Ralph Buckwalter

Rocky Mountain Shipwrights meet every third Saturday at Rockler Woodworking at 2553 South Colorado Denver CO. 303-782-0588

Anyone interested in model ships is invited to attend and participate in the fun, watch the featured presentation and the “show and tell”, and chat with the members. If you’re having any problems in constructing your model, you’re sure to get plenty of advice here.

Instead of an April meeting, come to our exhibit on April 19, 20, 21 at Rockler.

Next meeting: May 18th at Rocklers.Store opens at 9:00am, meeting starts at 9:30am. 


Monthly workshop, too:In addition to our regular monthly meeting, we host a monthly workshop where members (and guests) can work on their builds while enjoying the company, the coffee and goodies, the tips and tricks, and the conversations in an informal three-to-five hours. Questions about the workshop? Call Ralph Buckwalter – 303-914-0897.

Workshops are held on the first Saturday of the month. Next workshop: May 4th, 2024 Arvada City Hall (Police Station entrance) 8101 Ralston Road, Arvada CO.

Scratch-built model of an early 20-Century ocean liner by Bob Fivehouse,