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West Greenland Kayak Paddle

Course Overview

This course leads participants through the design and construction of a traditional Inuit kayak paddle. These paddles feature narrow blades that are well-balanced, lightweight and efficient. Students will learn about wood selection, wood grain considerations, paddle sizing and the theory of shape as applied to shafts and blades. Participants may experiment with paddles on the water to ensure proper sizing and shape.  Students will leave the course with a paddle constructed with simple hand tools that is tailored to their body size and made to suit the shape and characteristics of their kayak.


Mon, Jul 1st, 2019

Course Details

Length: 1 day
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: 14+
Registration Cost: $165.00
Includes materials fee of $60.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

  1. tape measure
  2. pencils
  3. straight edge aluminum yard stick

Optional Tools

  • low angle block plane
  • spokeshave
  • drawknife
  • eye and ear protection
  • carving knife
  • (all of the above available @ North House School Store)
  • your kayak (licensed to be paddled in Minnesota)
  • pfd or life vest

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.