Wood Canoe Building Restoration ClassesFor those people wishing to have a more hands-on experience with the building / restoration of their canoe, I can offer both group and private classes. All classes accommodate all ages of adults of any skill level. All you need is the interest and enthusiasm.
Building a New Canoe Group Class generally consists of five to ten individuals building one or two canoes in a six-day class. At the end of the week, a lottery determines who will be able to keep the canoe for just the added cost of materials.
Group Restorations classes at the Wooden Boat School are highly individualized and unique in that the students are able to work exclusively on their own canoe which they bring to class to work on. The six day class is limited to seven boats. They can be any style of wooden boat. Students work under my instruction, but the work is strictly the students'. No guarantee can be given as to how much the student will accomplish. I do work hard to insure as much quality work as possible can be accomplished in the limited time.
A six-day building class is just enough time to complete the canoe with me working with you. To accomplish this, many of the materials will be prepared before the class begins.
At my shop the student will experience the full range of wooden boat activity, from unloading lumber, exploring the wide variety of craft at the shop and deciding whose turn it is to bring in the firewood! The atmosphere is light, friendly and hopefully educational. Shop assistant, Peter Wallace, will be working on normal shop projects and will be available to help us out working on your boat as needed. The normal workday is from 8 am to 5 PM with an hour for lunch, which is provided at the shop. Students will need to provide their own accommodations, breakfast and dinner. The town of Dover-Foxcroft is about five miles from the shop. There are several motels, bed and breakfasts and an excellent State Park for campers in the area. Information on these facilities can be sent to you as needed.
For all classes all the materials, hardware, wood and tools are provided by my shop. Different woods such as mahogany, cherry and oak can be substituted as desired and sail rigs designed at an additional cost. There is no additional cost for any of the shop equipment and tools.
The shop does have standard liability insurance, however as a student , you MUST provide your own accident/health insurance and sign a liability waiver before classes begins. Standard safety precautions are taken in the shop, and NO student is required to operate any machinery or use any tool that they do not feel comfortable with, or that I determine that they are qualified to work with. It is important for you to be safe than to complete any single operation that Peter and I are completely able and ready to complete for you.
Group Restoration Classes
Suggested Classes and Prices and
17' Atkinson Traveler --- $4,800
Restoration Classes $2,100 (plus cost of materials) prices subject to change.
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