Make Your Own Paddle Workshop
Experience the satisfaction of making your own canoe paddle!
Have you dreamed about crafting your very own canoe paddle? We can make that dream become a reality through a Make Your Own Paddle Workshop.
- June 26 & 30
- August 7 & 11
- September 18 & 22
Click here to register for one of these classes.
Class size: 4 - 8 adults
Fee: $99 per person (including materials)
Day 1 – Three Hours (6:30 - 9:30 pm) on a Tuesday evening
Day 2 – Seven and a half hours on a Saturday (9:00 am – 4:30 pm). A 30 minute lunch break will be held midday.
On the first night, an Urban Boatbuilders instructor will introduce you to the process of making a paddle. You will choose your own design from traditional paddles— Beavertail, Ottertail, Algonquin or Voyageur, and you’ll choose which types of wood to use. By the end of the evening you will have custom fit your paddle length and glued together a paddle blank.
On Saturday, with the help of an instructor, you will shape the paddle, first using a bandsaw and then with traditional tools—handplanes and a spokeshave—the same way artisans have been making paddles for centuries. At the close of the workshop the instructor will discuss how to finish your paddle using linseed oils or spar varnishes (due to time constraints, participants will finish their paddles at home).
Please note that this course does require the safe use of power tools, sharp hand tools and standing for an extended time. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and closed-toed shoes. It is helpful to bring snacks and a water bottle.
Want to make paddles with a group of friends? Gather 5 - 8 friends who all want to make a paddle, and schedule a private class at a time that is convenient for you.
To schedule your class or to learn more, contact Janelle at 651-644-9225 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For youth paddle making inquiries, please email email@example.com
Your donation will help to ensure that Urban Boatbuilders is able to build more young lives.
Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowable by law.