Make a Canoe Paddle at the Duluth Folk School
October 5, 2021

Make Your Own Canoe Paddle

  • Day 1 of 2
    November 26, 2021
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Day 2 of 2
    November 27, 2021
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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The warmth and beauty of a hand-made canoe paddle is hard to beat! Sign up for this class to create your own one-of-a-kind paddle.

In this class, you’ll make your own straight-shaft canoe paddle, using basswood with accents of western cedar. This is an excellent material for creating almost any paddle shape or style.

On Day One, we’ll start building your paddle by gluing the blade and the grip onto a prepared shaft. We will discuss characteristics of various types of paddles, materials, and how to size a paddle to an individual person. Day Two will be spent shaping your paddle, using both hand and power tools.

Registration Includes

Instruction and all materials, nine hours of instruction, tool use, and all materials required.

By the end of class, you will have completed your new canoe paddle. Your paddle will need to be varnished before dipping it in the water.

Cost of registration includes 9 hours of instruction and $25 (basswood) or $35 (cherry) fee for materials.

You should bring…

We’ll have all the tools and materials you’ll need. However, some people prefer working with their own tools. If you’d like to bring your own tools, bring along:

  • For Day 1: Two pipe clamps (up to 36″ long), two C-clamps
  • For Day 2: Block plane or smoothing plane, spokeshave, rasp, jig saw, belt sander and/or spindle sander, pipe clamps, etc.

Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Some folks like to wear an apron.

Skill Level

No prior experience needed

Best for Ages…

18 and older.


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1917 W Superior St, Duluth Folk School Library, Duluth, Minnesota, 55806, United States


Duluth Folk School Library Classroom

Note: The Library is up one flight of stairs, and is not handicapped accessible.


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


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