Classic Cedar Canvas Canoe Building Workshop

In this partner’s course, you will build your own cedar canvas canoe, using techniques and tools from the 1800’s. On the first day white cedar ribs will be steam bent over a form. Thin cedar planking will then be shaped and hand tacked to the ribs. Once off the form, planking is finished, decks are installed and the wooden shell is covered with tightly stretched cotton canvas. The canvas is then filled, and seats, thwarts, yoke and stembands are installed. In our “spare time” we will learn to hand cane the seats as well as painting and varnishing techniques and tool sharpening.

The canoe will be structurally complete by the end of the course, ready for varnishing and painting, to be done by the student at home. The completed canoe will weigh 55-60 lb, with the option of a Dacron covering instead of canvas for an additional saving of 5+lb.