Building a Canoe with Duluth Folk School
August 19, 2021

Building a Canoe: Finished!

On our final day of canoe building, we cut the strings that held the ‘skin’ (ballistic nylon) in place, trimmed the skin back to the gunwales, and made a few other final, last minute clean ups. We took the canoe for a test paddle to make sure it floated (and yes, it floats!), and we’re ready to bring the kids who helped build the canoe out to paddle their canoe! This has been a great projects, and we’re thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with Men as Peacemakers and Boys & Girls Club of the Northland, and of course, with so much help and support from Urban Boatbuilders!

Our next canoe build is currently getting scheduled. After we go paddling with the kids who built this canoe, it will be on display in the Dovetail Cafe/Duluth Folk School, at 1917 W Superior St, in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Duluth. Stop by to check it out!

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This program is made possible with the generous support of our partners and supporters, including:

Urban Boatbuilders

Building Boats, Launching Lives

Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation

Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation

Private Giving for the Public Good



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Duluth, MN 55806

Duluth Folk School
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Cafe: (218) 481-7888 or
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday (8 am – 8 pm); Monday & Tuesday (8 am – 3 pm)

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