After a restful weekend, we were back to canoe building today! There were a few new faces helping us today, but mostly, everyone had already put in several days, and knew how to work on the canoe, and what needed to be done. Today, we installed the inwales, trimmed the ribs, and riveted the ribsContinue Reading
Today is the end of our first week of building a canoe! We finally turned the canoe over, we steamed the secondary ribs, and fitted all the secondary ribs into place. We’ve already lashed 99 joints, and we have another 88 or so to go. The guidance we’ve received from Dennis, from Urban Boatbuilders, hasContinue Reading
Our canoe is really taking shape! Today we did some fine-tuning, and then we did a lot of lashing, where we tied the ribs to the stringers using an artificial sinew. We still have a couple more stringers to go, and then tomorrow, we’ll get to do more steaming! This program is made possible withContinue Reading
We started the day with a vaguely football-shaped big oval of wood, and started adding master ribs. The master ribs are the first real sign that this big pile of sticks is actually going to turn into a canoe! Halfway through the day, the weather forced us indoors. Fortunately, the Boys & Girls Club ofContinue Reading
We took the tent down last night, knowing that storms were coming, and it’s a good thing we did! Setting up this morning was quick and easy. And after yesterday’s HOT weather, today’s cool breeze was, well, a breath of fresh air! Yesterday, we steam-bent most of the ribs for the canoe, started cleaning upContinue Reading
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, andContinue Reading
Our 2021 Summer Camps program is for kids entering 8th – 10th grade this fall. Join us for this fun two week camp where you will build your own canoe paddle, fuse glass, sew with Frost River, make jewelry from silverware, make your own soap, and much more! Our small group will work with professionals artisans to make quality products that will last a lifetime (well, probably not the soap)!
The Duluth Folk School is hiring a Youth Programs Coordinator! If you would like to help develop a robust program serving a wide range of youth in our community, this position may be for you! The position will start on a very part-time basis, and you will be responsible for building the position and theContinue Reading