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Building the Lake Superior Picnic Boat

Course Overview

Here is a boatbuilding class designed with the boating family in mind. The reason we build boats should be to use them, not just to build them. The goal is to build a craft that will get folks out on the water quickly in a handmade boat. Using stitch and glue techniques—a great method for developing a strong hull—together as a class we will build a simple V-bottomed outboard utility skiff out of domestic marine plywood based on Pete Culler’s Chubb design. We will cover design basics and teach all the relatively straightforward steps so you can build this simple, functional boat yourself in your home workshop. The finished product will be elegant yet practical, trailer-able and equally at home on a quiet inland lake or hopping out to the Apostle Islands for a picnic! The class boat will be for sale at the end of the course. Join us in building North House’s first Lake Superior Picnic Boat!


Thu, Oct 8th, 2020  –  Fri, Oct 16th, 2020

This course has been cancelled to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19. We offer our deepest apologies. We truly believe in the power of craft to build community, and we know that community is needed more than ever in times like these. However, the need to stay healthy and protect our friends and neighbors is the most critical priority.

If you were registered for this class, you should have received an email regarding your refund options. If not, please call us at 218-387-9762 or email us at

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We truly hope to see you in another class at North House soon!

Course Details

Length: 9 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: 12+
Registration Cost: $765.00 *
* Early-Bird rate in effect until Thu, Aug 27th, 2020

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

  • Respirator Face Mask with Dust Cartridge

Optional Tools

North House and your instructors have all the wood working tools required to build this boat. Don't buy any tools for this class, but we encourage you to bring any tools you own that you think might be useful, such as layout or edge tools. It will be good for you to have more confidence using your own tools.

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.