Canoe Paddle Carving

09/30/2023 09:00 AM - 10/01/2023 04:00 PM ET


Carve your own paddle! From the shape of the blade, to its length, to the shape of the handle, the paddle you create will be made for you, by you. Choose either Otter Tail or Beaver Tail shaped blade for your paddle. Each participant in the class will be provided with a carving blank laminated of carefully selected woods. Using just hand tools, and finishing with a palm sander and hand sanding, you will carve your paddle blade to the desired shape. Once the blade is shaped, you will custom fit your paddle, by carving the shape of the grip area to fit your hands and cutting the paddle shaft to the perfect length for you. Students leave with a completed paddle ready for use. Beginners are welcome!

Dates: Sat., Sept. 30 & Sun. Oct. 1, 2023
9 AM to 4 PM
Instructor: John Van Buren
Class size (max.): 6
Skill level: basic
Prerequisites: none
Register By: Sept. 21, 2023

General Public: $293
Individual Member: $266
Household Member & Above: $253
Joint Instruction*: $75

*For an additional fee, students are welcomed to bring a second builder to the class. This is a great opportunity to learn and have fun together. Joint instruction must be accompanied with someone taking the full instruction and purchasing a kit. Select the "Joint Instruction" option when checking out.

Material Kit: $35 (price at checkout will include tuition and material cost)

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Instructor: John Van Buren is a member of the Hudson Valley chapter of the Northeast Woodworker's Association (NWA). He teaches paddle carving and boatbuilding at the WBS.