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Cedar-Strip Boatbuilding: Build Your Own Canoe or Kayak

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Course Overview

Enjoy the contrast of light and dark wooden strips, the quiet lapping of water on wood, and the pride of craftsmanship that stems from building your own cedar-strip boat. You'll undertake the process from start to finish—cutting thin cedar planks and assembling an appealing pattern for your canoe or kayak, to putting the finishing touches on it. Students may choose from three cedar-strip boat projects: an 17-foot tandem cruiser canoe, a 16-foot tripping canoe, or a 17-foot kayak. Students must bring a partner, family member or friend (or two!) to help. This can be a great project that will result in a lifetime of memories. Due to the nature of this course and intensity of instruction, this class is limited to one boat project per session.

You must register for this course at least six weeks before it is scheduled to begin.

Payment & Cancellation
Given the unique nature and small size of this course, please note that North House uses separate tuition payment & cancellation policies for managing this course. The intent of these policies is to ensure that all students can be confident that the course will occur as planned once adequate enrollment is achieved.
Specifics of these policies are: Upon enrollment a registration deposit of at least 1/3 of the course tuition is required. Cancellation more than sixty (60) days prior to the course all but $50 of the registration deposit is refundable, sixty (60) to thirty (30) days prior to the course the entire registration is nonrefundable, at thirty (30) days prior to the course the balance of the tuition payment is due, all of which is nonrefundable.  Should North House be required to cancel the course, all tuition payments will be refunded.


Mon, Sep 16th, 2019  –  Thu, Sep 26th, 2019

Course Details

Length: 11 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: 14+
Tuition: $4,500.00
Materials fee: $1,635.00


You will need the following tools for this class:

  • handplane
  • ear and eye protection

Optional Tools

Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.

Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Ken Koscik
Ken Koscik
Monona, WI

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Cedar-Strip Boatbuilding: Build Your Own Canoe or Kayak - 9/16/2019