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Cedar-Strip Boat Construction: Techniques & Fundamentals

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Course Overview

With more than just aesthetic appeal, cedar-strip boats are known for being lightweight, strong, and quick to build. Gain the know-how and confidence to complete a boat project in your own backyard through seven days of hands-on instruction building a tandem canoe with other students. Techniques involve setting up the strongback and templates, planking, fiberglassing, and fitting out the canoe, and other boatbuilding skills. Just like the title says, a solid foundation of the “techniques and fundamentals” provides the skills to navigate a cedar-strip boat building project at home. Separate tuition payment and cancellation policies apply to this course. At the close of the course, the student-built canoe will be for sale at a defined price to an interested student for the cost of materials. If multiple students are interested, a drawing will decide who will go home with the tandem canoe. An easy project to cartop back to your waterway to start your paddling adventure!

Required Tools

  • Handplane
  • Ear and eye protection
  • Old long sleeve shirt for fiberglassing
  • Old pants
  • Apron (optional)


Sat, Sep 9th, 2023  –  Fri, Sep 15th, 2023

Course Details

Hours: 9am-5pm each day
Tuition: $750.00
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Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Ken Koscik
Ken Koscik
Monona, WI

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Cedar-Strip Boat Construction: Techniques & Fundamentals