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Wood Canvas Canoe Repair I: The Beginning

Course Overview

Breathe some life into that old wood-canvas canoe in the rafters and turn it into a classic wooden canoe suitable to be paddled for another generation or two. The process of repairing a wood-canvas canoe can be a daunting journey that requires careful planning and prioritizing. To help you on your way, expert builder Jeanne Bourquin offers three repair courses, each focused on particular steps of the journey. Bring your canoe and start from the beginning, or join in along the way, depending on what needs to be done to your boat. Because four hands are better than two, participants are strongly encouraged to bring a partner to help complete the work at no additional charge. Students will pay a per day rate of $75 per canoe. After registration, students will discuss their project with the instructor to determine how many days they should plan on attending. Below is a general outline for each session to assist you in your planning. Repair I: On day one, we’ll survey each canoe, make a work flow plan and discuss sources for wood, fasteners, paint, tools, and other repair supplies. All students should plan on participating Day 1, but may not need to stay for the entire session. On Days 2-4, students will make and bend ribs, gunwales and decking, splice stem ends, fix planking, and replace decks, thwarts, and yokes. This session will include some work in the evenings.

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