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Birch Bark Canoes: Traditional Construction

Course Overview

Explore the history, construction, and use of the Native American birch bark canoe in this hands-on course. Paddled for centuries on the lakes and rivers of the interior, all the necessary materials can be sustainably harvested from a healthy boreal forest: birch bark, cedar, spruce root, and spruce gum. During the course you will work on several birch bark canoes in different stages of construction. Coursework includes harvesting and processing materials, canoe design characteristics, hand tool usage, traditional construction techniques, and historical use. This is a rare learning opportunity for anyone interested in the construction and history of the birch bark canoe.


Mon, Jun 17th, 2019  –  Fri, Jun 21st, 2019

Course Details

Length: 5 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Registration Cost: $425.00 *
* Early-Bird rate in effect until Mon, May 6th, 2019

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

  • outdoor clothing including boots, forest clothing and raingear and insect headnet
  • leather gloves
  • pocket knife (available for purchase)
  • day pack
  • water
  • bag lunch

Optional Tools

  • camera
  • insect repellent
  • crooked knife
  • draw knife
  • awl

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.

Begin Registration

North House is now requesting full payment at time of registration. Payment plans are available upon request — don't hesitate to contact us at 218-387-9762 if you need to arrange one.

* Early-Bird rate in effect until Mon, May 6th, 2019
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Cancellation Policy

If North House must cancel a course, students will receive a full refund of any payments made for that course.

Students who cancel their enrollment more than 21 days prior to the course will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee to cover administrative costs. In recognition of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for courses, students who cancel their enrollment 21 days or less prior to the course are not eligible for a refund.

Certain classes have different cancellation policies. When this is the case, it will be noted in the Course Overview on this page. Please be sure that you are familiar with your class's cancellation policy, and contact us if you have any questions.