Laminated canoe paddle workshop


In this paddle workshop you will make your own canoe paddle from a variety of laminated woods for a traditional beavertail or ottertail blade. Pre-laminated shafts will be supplied for you to glue up the blades and grips to. A discussion of the various types of paddles and how to size a paddle to an individual will take place Friday evening and there will be time to glue up your individual paddle. Saturday will be spent paring the wood down with hand tools to make a fine canoe paddle. It should be noted that you may not have time to finish your paddle. You will be provided with some varnish to take home to finish the paddle there.

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The canoe paddle workshop covers the entire process of shaping a wooden paddle:

  • Deciding which paddle suits your needs
  • Which grip
  • Paddle sizing
  • Selecting wood
  • Outlining and marking off the paddle on the board
  • Sawing out the paddle with a jigsaw
  • Tapering the blades with a plane
  • Shaping the shaft and the blade
  • Sanding and final sanding
  • Oiling
  • Instructions on varnishing (to be done at home)

You don’t need any gear to participate in the workshop. Everything you need to shape a paddle will be provided by Freeranger Canoe and is included in the price. We also provide personal protective equipment when needed.

Workshops are scheduled on Friday evening from 18:00 hrs to 21:00 hrs and on Saturday from 09:00 hrs to 17:00 hrs


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