Canoe Building with Duluth Folk School
July 26, 2021

Building a Canoe, Day 1

Today is our first day of canoe building with Men as Peacemakers and Boys & Girls Club of the Northland! And we couldn’t have done it without Dennis coming up from Urban Boatbuilders in St. Paul, to help us deliver this great program!

The temperatures are HOT, but we have a tent for shade, and we are occasionally taking cool-off breaks inside the Heritage Center (thanks for the A/C!)

On our first day, we’re using block planes, spokeshaves, we’re sanding, and we’re bending wood with steam(!!). Thankfully, the temps look like they’ll be cooling down for the rest of the two-week program.

We still have a few spots available!  Youth ages 13 – 18 can sign up for this FREE program in one of two ways:

  • You can register for the morning session (9:30am – 12:30pm) with Men as Peacemakers by contacting Serrano at
  • You can register for the afternoon session (1:00pm – 4:30pm) with Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland by calling Emily at 218-727-1549

You only need to sign up for one session, either Morning Session, or Afternoon Session.

The completed canoe will be housed at the Duluth Folk School, and will be available for program participants.

The Canoe Building Program is part of our “Building Opportunities and Assets Together” program, which provides under-represented and under-served area youth the opportunity to build a canoe. By building canoes, we are teaching young people craftsmanship skills, discipline, and work habits, and helping to bolster self-confidence. Canoe building connects youth with our local rivers, lakes, and the wonderful opportunities and lessons of our natural world – an important teaching strategy that too many children are missing. Building canoes integrates relationship-building with adult volunteers who provide support and serve as role models.

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

Urban Boat Builders

Building Boats, Launching Lives


Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation

Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation

Private Giving for the Public Good


Question or comment?


Duluth Folk School
1917 W Superior St
Duluth, MN 55806
(218) 481-7888


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