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Laminated Canoe Paddles

Course Overview

In this class students will build one laminated paddle, similar to the fancy wooden paddles often seen in canoe outfitters shops. Not just show pieces, laminated paddles have several unique qualities that make them highly functional on the water. The lamination of several pieces of wood makes the shafts light, yet strong and stiff. Laminated blades can be made from beautiful hardwoods that would be very heavy and hard to carve if used for the entire paddle. Students will learn a combination of traditional and modern woodworking skills, including the use of the spokeshave, drawknife, carving knife and scraper as well as the application of epoxy fiberglass. Students will design the shape of the blade and choose a shaft length to their liking.  The grips are carved with knives to add a traditional touch to an otherwise high tech wooden tool.


Fri, Aug 2nd, 2019  –  Sun, Aug 4th, 2019

Course Details

Length: 3.5 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: Days 1-2: 9am-5pm; Day 3: 9am-noon
Intergenerational age: 14+
Registration Cost: $275.00
Includes materials fee of $75.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

All required tools/materials are provided by your instructor and North House and will be available once the course begins.

Optional Tools

  • Spokeshave
  • Draw Knife
  • Carving knife
  • Card Scraper
  • Ear and Eye protection is provided and will be required but feel free to bring your own for fit and comfort

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.