Courses

From time to time we run Wood and Canvas boat building and Paddle Making courses.  See below for details:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Building a Wood and Canvas Canoe Course

Scheduled 2019 Dates: TBC

Price: £TBC

This 6-day masterclass will guide you through the exciting process of building a wood and canvas canoe.  Each of our busy days will be filled with various woodworking skills, from the basics of joinery up to the specialist techniques required to build these beautiful craft.  No prior experience is necessary as you learn from an experienced canoe builder and expert woodworkers.  Each stage of the build will be covered, which will give you a sound foundation in woodworking techniques and attention to detail. 

 

Starting with steam bending the ribs which form the skeleton of the canoe, we will then sheath them with Red Cedar planks (filling the workshop with the wonderful scent of cedar wood), fair the canoe and complete the wooden hull.  In the mean time we will carve the thwarts, hand-cane the seats and shape the decks and wooden gunwales.  Finally, we will set up the unique method of stretching canvas over the hull and filling the weave with a special filler. 

 

Wood and Canvas canoes are direct descendants of Birch Bark canoes, with much of the techniques simply an extension of older methods, and this really is a unique opportunity to experience the heritage of wooden boats.

 

For more info and to see a complete photo journal of a recent build visit our construction page.

Please note: depending on the amount of participants taking part, we may build one or two canoes.  Students who are interested in purchasing one of the finished boats will have the option to do so.  This means you can build your own canoe and take it home at a greatly reduced price!!!

 

What's covered...?

 

  • History and heritage of wooden canoes

  • Canoe design

  • Boat building basics and wood types

  • Tools; selection and sharpening

  • Complete build of a wood and canvas canoe

  • Simple woodworking techniques through to specialist techniques

  • Steam bending and boiling wood

  • Stretching canvas over the completed hull

  • Trimming and finishing

  • Canoe repair and maintenance

This course is run in partnership with our friends at Wild Human.  It is fully catered and takes place on a beautiful site in the Lake District.  For more info and booking please visit Wild Human

Paddle Making Course
Scheduled 2019 Dates: TBC
Price: £TBC

This 3-day course expertly takes you through the paddle-making process.  From wood selection and storing through to beautifully finishing your new handmade paddle, we will guide you through every step.  We have suggested designs for you to make, but you are welcome to come with your own patterns to create. 

 

Using hand tools to craft a one-piece wooden paddle will certainly teach you plenty of woodworking techniques that you can use on other projects.

 

With care your paddle will serve you a lifetime!     

This course is run in partnership with our friends at Wild Human.  It is fully catered and takes place on a beautiful site in the Lake District.  For more info and booking please visit Wild Human

Whats covered...?

  • Paddle woods; selection and storing

  • Paddle design

  • Layout methods

  • Roughing out the blank

  • Fine carving and finishing

  • Hand tool and power tool methods

  • Care and maintenance of your paddle

Canvas Canoes,
Cheshire,
England

 

 
 
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