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Handcrafting A Northwoods Paddle

Course Overview

Create the traditional paddle used by Northwoods travelers for hundreds of years. In this course, a North House classic, students will learn about wood selection and wood grain considerations as well as paddle sizing and the theory of shape as applied to handles, shafts and blades. Choose from a variety of different classic paddle designs and leave the course with a custom-designed paddle constructed with simple hand tools, including a traditional spokeshave and block plane. Many students have shared this experience with a child or grandchild, creating two paddles and memories that will last a lifetime. Children 12+ welcome with an adult; a 25% tuition discount for the child applies. Call to register a child with the discount: 218-387-9762.


Fri, May 10th, 2019  –  Sat, May 11th, 2019

Course Details

Length: 2 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: 12+
Registration Cost: $230.00
Includes materials fee of $40.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

North House will provide all the required materials and tools for this project.

Optional Tools

  • spokeshave
  • drawknife
  • eye and ear protection
  • carving knife
  • aluminum yard stick

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.