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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 building process of a 4' scale model canoe, from selecting material through to finishing details. Not only do you leave the course with all the knowledge and "tricks of the trade" to build a full-size boat, but you also get to take your mini canoe to proudly display at home or the cottage.

Instructor Brent Kirkham has extensive experience as a canoe builder and woodworker, from mastering the finer details of decorative inlay to helping build 30' war canoes in our Bear Mountain workshop.

Run over five consecutive days, all tools, materials, and lunches are supplied.

Course Outline

-workshop safety
-choosing a location to build
-selecting materials
-setting up the molds
-steam bending
-applying the first strip
-installing strips to close in
-close in techniques
-fairing the hull
-installing the outside stem
-Applying the outside cloth/epoxy
-fairing the inside hull
-installing the inside cloth/epoxy
- installing inside gunnels and decks
- building and installing seats and yoke/thwarts
- installing the outside gunnels
- finishing techniques
- final "wrap up" and questions

Course Dates

This workshop is offered twice in 2019 at our Westport location (362 County Rd 10, Westport, Ontario). The first session runs July 29-August 2, and the second runs September 9-13.

After you have paid your deposit we will send a registration form via email.

Contact for further details.

Accommodations and Activities

We are happy to offer suggestions for local accommodation and activities. There are many options that may be tailored to your particular taste and budget. A variety of accommodations are available from simple to elegant bed and breakfasts, campgrounds, cottages and motels. The historic small village of Westport is situated on the historic Rideau Canal in eastern Ontario. There is lots to do including paddling, hiking and visiting local artisans and galleries. 

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