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Canoe and Kayak Building Classes with Ted Moores

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Canoe Building Workshop

May 3 - 9, 2015

July 19 - 25, 2015

September 27 - October 3, 2015


Learn fine woodstrip/epoxy construction while building an elegant touring kayak or canoe with Ted Moores. Innovative boat builder, author and small craft historian, Ted operates the Bear Mountain Boat Shop in Peterborough with partner Joan Barrett. The company is well known for developing a user friendly system of woodstrip/epoxy construction. Ted’s books, CanoeCraft and KayakCraft, have led thousands of builders through the process of building their own craft and are considered to be the ‘bible’ of woodstrip construction.

Our building technique is approachable, deceptively simple as well as strong and beautiful. Most first time builders will find that they are familiar with many of the tools and techniques used in the class. Ted will show you how to put simple steps together in the most effective order and combine them with good materials to create a craft that everyone will be proud of. Students will work in small teams building one or two boats during this intensive six day course. By weeks end, the boats will be up to the final sanding and varnishing stage, ready for the details that will personalize them for their new owners.

While there will be lots to keep the crew busy reaching the daily objective, the pace will allow everybody time to confidently develop new skills and enjoy the comfortable satisfaction of doing good work. Ted will set attainable, yet high standards of workmanship that will have you feeling tired but good at the end of each day. Workshops are kept small to allow for individual attention to your specific questions and adjust to the condition of your block plane. During the week we will look at sharpening and maintaining hand tools, steam bending, laminating and a variety of basic woodworking/boatbuilding tricks and techniques that will be valuable in many different applications.

Who can attend?

Small craft building is a rewarding experience for people of all ages and abilities. Pride and patience are much more important than skill - students will advance from the skill level they possess.The only prerequisite is a desire to learn. Over the past 20 years of presenting workshops, we have worked with students from ages 13+, in combinations of family (child/parent/grandparent) and friends. If you would like a customized course for your group give us a call - we are quite flexible and can consider special requests from schools, clubs, etc.


Tuition for the seven day workshop at Bear Mountain Boat Shop is $1100 (CDN) Please call for an information/registration package or download a registration form.

Note: The canoes and kayaks constructed during a course are raffled on the last day of the course to interested participants for the cost of the materials.

Accommodations and Activities

Accommodation Course sponsors will have suggestions for local accommodation. There are many options that may be tailored to your particular taste and budget. In Peterborough, the variety of accommodations range from simple to elegant bed and breakfasts, campgrounds, cottages and motels. The historic small city of Peterborough, is known as the birth place of the wooden canoe manufacturing industry. and you can see examples of these craft while visiting the Canadian Canoe Museum.

Bear Mountain Boat Shop Classes

Classes in Ted's workshop in Peterborough are 7 days in duration so that students will experience the building process from start to finish which includes setting up the mold. The extra time will allow students to laminate stems and get familiar with sharpening tools in preparation for a busy week of building. It will be an intense yet satisfying week.

Canoe Building Workshop

Students in the canoe workshop will work in two groups, building either the Steve Killing designed Freedom 17, Chestnut Prospector 16' or the Ranger 15. These boats do many things well and will appeal to traditional paddlers as well as those interested in leading edge canoe design.

Kayak Building Workshop

The kayak is constructed on separate hull and deck molds. Each component will be built by a crew of three or four students. On day five, these major components will be fit together to become the Endeavour 17 and the Resolute 16’6”, two of our popular touring kayaks.

NEW Canoe AND Kayak Workshop

This year in our Peterborough workshop, we offer a combined class where we will build one kayak and one canoe at the same time. The molds will be set up in the same room so that students will be exposed to both building processes while working on the project of their choice.

Student Comments

"Ted conveys the joy of his work along with detailed technical information. The level of instruction was flexible according to the task at hand and the abilities of those attempting the task ...this worked out very well."

"Ted is enjoyable, knowledgeable, experienced, personable and fun to spend a week with. A definite master at his craft."

"Ted has put a dream for me back within my reach. He cut through all the mystery and has given me the theory and hands on knowledge to build a boat of my own. Brilliant course!"

"Ted is near perfect as an instructor can be. Patient. High Standards. Clear and concise. Student centred. He took each persons individual skills and needs into his approach."


For further information, please email or telephone:

The Bear Mountain Boat Shop 
P.O. Box 191
Peterborough, ON, Canada K9J 6Y8

Telephone (705) 740 - 0470
Fax: (705) 742 - 8258
Toll-free: 877 - 392 - 8880


Build Your Own Scale Model Canoe with Brent Kirkham


PLEASE NOTE: the $250 charge listed above covers the DEPOSIT ONLY. The full balance of $1100 is due 45 days prior to the course start date. This course covers the...
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PLEASE NOTE: the $250 charge listed above covers the DEPOSIT ONLY. The full balance of $1250 is due 45 days prior to the course start date. What will I learn?...

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