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Laminated Canoe Paddles

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Course Overview

In this class students will build one laminated paddle, similar to the fancy wooden paddles often seen in canoe outfitters shops. Not just show pieces, laminated paddles have several unique qualities that make them highly functional on the water. The lamination of several pieces of wood makes the shafts light, yet strong and stiff. Laminated blades can be made from beautiful hardwoods that would be very heavy and hard to carve if used for the entire paddle. Students will learn a combination of traditional and modern woodworking skills, including the use of the spokeshave, drawknife, carving knife and scraper as well as the application of epoxy fiberglass. Students will design the shape of the blade and choose a shaft length to their liking.  The grips are carved with knives to add a traditional touch to an otherwise high tech wooden tool.

Required Tools

  • All required tools/materials are provided by your instructor and North House and will be available once the course begins.


Thu, Mar 23rd, 2023  –  Sun, Mar 26th, 2023

Course Details

Hours: Day 1: 4pm-7pm; Days 2-3: 9am-5pm; Day 4: 9am-noon
Tuition: $300.00
Materials fee: $95.00
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Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Josh Tolkan
Josh Tolkan
Grand Marais, MN

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Laminated Canoe Paddles