Wooden Canoe Building Course
Our new Wooden Canoe Building Course is compacted in an intensive 10-day working period. If you want to learn to build a canoe in a condensed period because you don’t have the time to spread it out over several months, this is the solution for you. Our first participant was Joonhwa from Seoul. He is an artist manager and a wood turner in his spare time. Because he wanted to build something bigger than bowls, plates and cutting boards, he came all the way to Belgium to build a canoe.
As far as the breadth and standard of skills go, you’d be hard pressed to find a woodworking trade more comprehensive in its scope than canoe building – if you can build a canoe, you can create a great many things with wood, and to a very high standard. In our wooden canoe building course you learn an incredible amount of practical skills. From strip planking and epoxy laminating hulls to steam bending stems and fitting out the canoe with beautiful decks and comfortable seats. Everything with hand tools that are almost extinct in contemporary carpentry courses. Importantly, you learn to build a canoe from very experienced canoeists who pay a lot of attention to paddling ergonomics. After all, a wooden canoe is meant to be used and to experience adventure in the outdoors. We’re not cabinetmakers who create canoes for the beauty of it.
Our first participant was Joonhwa from Seoul, Korea stayed with us for 10 days and built a beautiful solo canoe.
Day 1 - The Strongback
The first step in strip planked canoe building is creating a “mold”. This form consists of stations are secured to a strongback. This is a very stable and strong work bench on which we will build the canoe. Attention to detail is required when building a canoe. We want to make sure the ultimate result is a straight canoe, you don’t want to paddle in circles.