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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 17th, 2019  –  Fri, Jun 21st, 2019
9am-5pm
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 24th, 2019  –  Sun, Jun 30th, 2019
9am-5pm
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. You'll be involved in the process from start to finish—cutting thin cedar planks and assembling an appealing pattern for your canoe…
Mon, Sep 16th, 2019  –  Thu, Sep 26th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Ken Koscik
1 Day
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Composite Canoe Repair and Maintenance

Composite canoes are light, efficient and paddle like a dream. But canoe country granite can chew them up if you’re not careful. It can seem a bit daunting to use modern resins and fabrics but fear not. We’ll take the mysteries out of repairing that faithful paddling friend safely, with…
Sun, Jun 2nd, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: David Seaton
2 Days
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Hand Crafting A Northwoods Paddle

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…
Fri, May 10th, 2019  –  Sat, May 11th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Mike Schelmeske
Thu, Jul 11th, 2019  –  Fri, Jul 12th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Mike Schelmeske
3 Days
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Lofting for Boat Builders

Join Wooden Boat Show Featured Instructor Douglas Brooks in this three day workshop to learn lofting, traditionally the first step in the boat building process. Lofting is an invaluable tool, since it allows the boat builder to correct any discrepancies in scaling to full size from a drawing and derive…
Mon, Jun 17th, 2019  –  Wed, Jun 19th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Douglas Brooks
1 day
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West Greenland Kayak Paddle

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…
Mon, Jul 1st, 2019
9am-5pm
7 Days
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West Greenland Skin-on-Frame Kayak: Build Your Own

This course is for individuals with a strong interest in creating a seaworthy craft with their own hands. The Inuit kayak from Greenland is a fast and responsive vessel designed for hunting but just as suitable for today’s more common recreational purposes. Students will design their craft to fit their…
Mon, Jun 24th, 2019  –  Sun, Jun 30th, 2019
9am-5pm
14 Days
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Wood-Canvas Canoe: Build Your Own

Poetry on the water – wood-canvas canoes are the classic boats of the North Woods. In this course you will be immersed in the full process of building your own canoe from steam-bending her ribs to stretching and filling her canvas. Participants generally build the 17’6” Atkinson Traveler, but the…
Mon, Apr 8th, 2019  –  Sun, Apr 21st, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructors: Jeanne Bourquin, Tom Healy