The Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum in Spooner (WI) is planning another cedar-strip building class for the fall. This past May two teams of novices each built a cedar-strip canoe in the museum workshop, and took it home after completing a ten day course on canoe building. "The class went so well we decided to try another session this year with the same instructor," says WCHM Executive Director Jed Malischke.
Josh Tolkan, graduate of the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building in Port Townsend, Washington, and Artisan in Development at North House Folk School in Grand Marias, Minnesota, will be teaching a Cedar Strip Canoe Building class at WCHM in the fall of 2021.
This will be a great introductory class because students will learn traditional boat building techniques, modern composite techniques, and produce an amazing canoe for them to take home.
This is an ambitious ten-day project, and it requires a team of two to four people to work on each canoe (so plan to bring a partner or two). The class is scheduled to begin on Thursday September 30th and continue daily through Sunday October 10th. The class is limited to two teams. Canoes will be constructed of clear Alaskan yellow cedar and red cedar from the West coast shipped in specifically for this class. The cost for each team is $4,250 (includes all materials for each team to build and take home one cedar strip canoe).
For more information or to register call 715-635-2479 or email to:
info@WisconsinCanoeHeritageMuseum.org. For nearby motel lodging we recommend Spooner Riverplace Best Western Motel at 715-635-9770. For camping, travel, or other lodging information contact Washburn County Tourism at 800-367-3306.