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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
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
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 16th, 2019  –  Thu, Sep 26th, 2019
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
Instructor: David Seaton
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,…
Fri, Jan 4th, 2019  –  Fri, Jan 18th, 2019
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…
Fri, Jan 4th, 2019  –  Tue, Jan 8th, 2019
Instructor: John Beltman
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
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 craft designed for hunting but just as suitable for today’s more common recreational purposes. Students will design their own craft to fit…
Mon, Jun 24th, 2019  –  Sun, Jun 30th, 2019
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 Northwoods. In this course you are immersed in the complete 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 16'6" Otter…
Mon, Apr 8th, 2019  –  Sun, Apr 21st, 2019
Instructors: Jeanne Bourquin, Tom Healy