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5 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
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…
Fri, Jun 22nd, 2018
Instructor: David Seaton
2 Days
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Coracle Boat: Build Your Own

A coracle or currach is an ancient boat of Irish and Welsh origin which was used in the rivers to net salmon. Originally covered with a single cow hide, these "modern" (built in the last 300 years) coracles will have a polyester fabric cover stretched over a woven willow frame.…
Sat, Sep 1st, 2018  –  Sun, Sep 2nd, 2018
Instructor: Lindsay Lee
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…
Thu, May 31st, 2018  –  Fri, Jun 1st, 2018
Instructor: Mike Schelmeske
Thu, Jun 28th, 2018  –  Fri, Jun 29th, 2018
Instructor: Mike Schelmeske
2 hours
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Knots: Intro to Fancywork: Wooden Boat Show Mini Course

Learn some basic fancy knotwork to help class things up around the boat. Monkey fist lanyards, Turks head covering knots and mats will be tied together in this 2 hour session. Dexterous hands and an eye for pattern are helpful. Ages 14+ w/adult, each participant pays full tuition and materials.…
Sat, Jun 23rd, 2018
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