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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 19th, 2017  –  Fri, Jun 23rd, 2017
Instructor: Erik Simula
16 Days
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Building The Classic Wooden Rowboat: Build Your Own Susan Skiff

This is an ideal boatbuilding course for someone who has always dreamed of building a classic wooden boat and spending the time to fully enjoy the traditions, smells and trades of the wooden boat building shop. In just over two weeks students will mill the lumber, lay the planking and…
Tue, Sep 26th, 2017  –  Wed, Oct 11th, 2017
Instructor: John Beltman
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 19th, 2017  –  Sun, Jun 25th, 2017
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 18th, 2017  –  Thu, Sep 28th, 2017
Instructor: Ken Koscik
6 Days
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Fundamentals of Traditional Wooden Boat Building

Explore the grace and craft of wooden boatbuilding and unlock the secrets of hand-crafting your own wooden watercraft in this six-day hands-on course. Combine classroom sessions with shop time to become familiar with the entire wooden boat-building process, from transferring boat plans into real size through lofting to steam-bending and…
Sat, Sep 30th, 2017  –  Thu, Oct 5th, 2017
Instructor: John Beltman
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…
Sat, Jul 8th, 2017  –  Sun, Jul 9th, 2017
Instructor: Mike Schelmeske
Sat, Jul 15th, 2017  –  Sun, Jul 16th, 2017
Instructor: Mike Schelmeske
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…
Fri, Jun 16th, 2017
Instructor: Phil Winger
9 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…
Wed, Jun 7th, 2017  –  Thu, Jun 15th, 2017
Instructor: Phil Winger