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Phil Winger

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Phil began his adventure into wooden boatbuilding at North House in 1998. Since then, he has enjoyed the opportunity to build many boats, representing a variety of construction styles, as an instructor at Urban Boatbuilders in St. Paul. His students are encouraged to innovate, improvise, and achieve high standards of craftsmanship. For Phil, one of the most rewarding aspects of the craft is passing it on.

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Current Courses Offered by Phil Winger

1 day
Teaser image for West Greenland Kayak Paddle

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
Teaser image for West Greenland Skin-on-Frame Kayak: Build Your Own

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