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Jeanne Bourquin

Ely, MN
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Jeanne Bourquin
Jeanne is a full-time wood-canvas canoe builder and runs her business, Bourquin Boats, from her workshop in Ely. She began her canoe building career by repairing her own wood-canvas canoe in the early 1980s. In 1985, she built her first wood-canvas canoe with Jerry Stelmok. Since then she has been hooked, and has been building and repairing canoes in her Ely shop. She is known among canoe builders for her care in construction and finishing details. See her work at

Current Courses Offered by Jeanne Bourquin

14 Days
Teaser image for Wood-Canvas Canoe: Build Your Own

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