Due to a cancellation, one opening has become available for the spring paddle making class at the Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum on May 11-12, 2018. The class is limited to eight participants, and all the available spots filled rapidly when the class was first announced two months ago. But a last-minute opening for one person had now become available for this real hands-on experience, so quick registration is recommended. For more information or to register call 715-635-2479 or email to info@WisconsinCanoeHeritageMuseum.org.
In this two-day class participants will actually make a canoe paddle in a design of their own choosing, using traditional and modern tools and techniques.
The instructor will be Alex Comb of Stewart River Boatworks from Knife River MN. Day one will start at 6:00 pm on Friday May 11 with gluing up your laminated paddle blade and grip onto a provided shaft. Day two will run from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and will be spent shaping the paddle using mostly hand tools. Some students may not finish shaping or sanding their paddle and varnishing will be left for student to do at home. All tools and materials will be provided. The cost for participants is $95.00 plus materials cost ($25 for basswood, $30 for cherry, or $35 for a basswood bent shaft).