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Currently Scheduled Boatbuilding Courses

4 Days
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Birch Bark Canoes: Traditional Construction

Explore the history, construction and use of the Native American birch bark canoe in this hands-on course. Paddled for centuries on the lakes and rivers of the interior, all the necessary materials can be sustainably harvested from a healthy boreal forest: birch bark, cedar, spruce root and spruce gum. During…
Mon, Jun 25th, 2018  –  Fri, Jun 29th, 2018
Instructor: Erik Simula
7 Days
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Cedar-Strip Boat Construction: Techniques & Fundamentals

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…
Mon, Jun 25th, 2018  –  Sun, Jul 1st, 2018
Instructor: Ken Koscik
11 Days
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Cedar-Strip Boatbuilding: Build Your Own Canoe or Kayak

Enjoy the contrast of light and dark wooden strips, the quiet lapping of water on wood and the pride of craftsmanship that stems from building your own cedar-strip boat. From start to finish, cut thin cedar planks and learn to assemble an appealing pattern for your canoe or kayak. Students…
Mon, Sep 17th, 2018  –  Thu, Sep 27th, 2018
Instructor: Ken Koscik
12 Days
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Pram Boat Building: Build Your Own Traditional Norse Pram

Take this one-of-a-kind opportunity to build a custom-sized, traditionally built wooden lapstrake boat, originating in design and construction from the fjords and fishing villages of Norway and Sweden. Over 12 days, students will complete the Norse Pram, an inshore craft that makes an excellent tender or rowboat at the lake,…
Thu, Jan 4th, 2018  –  Mon, Jan 15th, 2018
Instructor: John Beltman
5 Days
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Techniques of Pram Boat Building: Old World Boatbuilding Traditions

An old Norse saying goes, “A man without his boat is a mere prisoner.” This class is a one-of-a-kind study and hands-on look into the techniques of traditional Norwegian and Swedish boat builders: we'll explore the developments and skills required to build wooden lapstrake boats that have plied the fjords…
Thu, Jan 4th, 2018  –  Mon, Jan 8th, 2018
Instructor: John Beltman