Paddle and canoe building workshops

Build your own canoe

Building your own canoe is an unforgettable experience and paddling your self-built canoe is even better. Freeranger canoe offers comprehensive canoe building workshops at our workshop in Olmen, Belgium. Canoe builder, and teacher, Bart Deseyn guides you through the process step-by-step.

A beautiful wooden canoe is a pleasure to build, paddle and look at. Although a wooden canoe has no specific purpose other than a plastic one, it gives you a distinctly different feeling. Sliding through the water in a wooden canoe in untouched nature is an uncomparable experience. Especially if you build the canoe yourself during one of our canoe building workshops!

Within everyone’s reach

No prior knowledge is necessary to join our canoe building workshops. The majority of the work is done with hand tools that most builders will be familiar with. Everyone can participate, young or old, male or female. The only condition is a desire to learn and the physical ability to work for a couple of hours. Freeranger Canoe also provides all the necessary materials and tools.

During the workshop you will learn how to build a canoe from scratch. You will build the hull, apply the glas fabric and epoxy laminate, install the gunwales, decks and seats and finish with varnishing the canoe.

Wood strip construction

Stitch & glue construction

Make your own paddle

What we offer

Freeranger Canoe organizes individual and group workshops. Individual workshops are organized by appointment. Group workshops are organized year round. At the end of the workshop, the finished canoe can be purchased at a discount. Attending the workshop does not imply any obligation to buy the canoe.

Individual workshop

In consultation we decide on a schedule to build your wooden canoe. Depending on the type of canoe you want to build that wil take up between 40 and 100 hours.

Group workshop

Our group workshops start from two participants. In total, we will be working for about fifty hours. We schedule multiple group workshops each year.

Customized workshop

If you would like a customized workshop for your group don’t hesitate to contact us. We are very flexible and welcome special requests from companies, clubs, schools, etc. We can even consider building a canoe on location. Canoe building is very rewarding and an excellent tool for team building.

Our location

Freeranger Canoe is located in Olmen, Belgium. We are happy to offer suggestions for local accommodation. There are many options: rural bed and breakfasts, campgrounds and hotels. You can also camp in our stove heated tipi next to our workshop. There are some possibilities to paddle, hike and bike.

Veldstraat 35
2491 Olmen

Don’t hesitate to contact us for more info