Canoe Paddle Making Class
September 19, 2016

Make Your Own Canoe Paddle

  • Make Your Own Canoe Paddle - Day 1
     November 11, 2016
     6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Make Your Own Canoe Paddle - Day 2
     November 12, 2016
     9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Handmade Canoe Paddles

The temperatures may be dropping, but this a great time to make a canoe paddle, whether for yourself or for someone else.  A canoe paddle makes a wonderful, heirloom gift!

This class takes place over two days, and in two locations.

Day 1: Friday, November 11, from 6-9pm, class will be held at The Venue (see below).

Day 2: Saturday, November 12, from 9am-5pm, class will be held at Stewart River Boatworks, on Scenic Hwy 61 in Knife River [LINK to a map].

In this class you will make your own canoe paddle, and YOU can select which type of wood you will be working with:

  • Basswood (with accents of butternut or western cedar; excellent for creating almost any paddle shape or style)
  • Cherry (a rich reddish-colored wood; excellent for making traditional beavertail or ottertail-shaped paddles)

Basswood is significantly easier to work with than cherry.

If you select a basswood paddle, you can create either a straight-shaft or a bent-shaft paddle.


Straight, pre-laminated shafts will be supplied to glue up blades and grips onto.

On Friday, you will start building your paddle. We will also discuss the various types of paddles and how to size a paddle to an individual person. On Saturday, you will pare down the wood with hand tools and get close to finishing.

Handmade Canoe PaddlesYou may not have time to finish the carving/sanding/finishing of your paddle. If you don’t finish, we’ll send you home with some varnish so you can finish your paddle there.

This class is limited to ten students so that each person will have the opportunity for a real hands-on experience. All tools and materials will be provided, however, you are welcome to bring your own tools.

You should bring…

Bring a pencil and utility knife, and although we will have tools available, you are welcome bring your own. Here’s a list of tools that we’ll have, or that you can bring (you can bring one or all for yourself):

  • Pencil
  • Utility knife
  • Workbench (like a WorkMate)
  • smoothing plane
  • block plane
  • spoke shave
  • rasp
  • saber saw
  • belt sander or spindle sander

Bring a bag lunch on Saturday!



2024 West Superior Street, Duluth, Minnesota, 55806, United States


The Venue (2024 W Superior St)

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