Paddle Making Workshops
Make your own hand carved Black Cherry paddle
Bruce's years of teaching and canoeing experience, combined with a step-by-step process make for a relaxed, rewarding endeavour.
You choose the paddle size and style a few weeks prior and Bruce prepares the blanks by planing and reducing the bulk of the wood. The workshop consists of layout, rough carving, fine carving and sanding. Tools are provided. Some final sanding may have to be done at home. Instructions are given for applying finish over 10-14 days following workshop.
Located in Fergus, Ontario
Cost : $200 + tax = (226.00)
A $100 gift card in our Shop link serves as a course deposit for a date to be chosen later.
Greenland paddle course cost: $250.00 +tax (282.50)
You can also gift a paddle making workshop. In the online shop, select Gift Card and read the options for payment.
WOOD AND PADDLE DESIGN
Black Cherry is used for the workshop as it has the best properties and is fairly easy to carve. No shaft laminations are offered as they are too involved. Traditional paddles with the Algonquin grip are carved in the workshops. Pick your choice of Bruce's blade shapes.
Greenland paddles will be made with clear edge grain white spruce shafts and black cherry blade edges. Light weight and strong.
Weight approximately 2lb 2 oz.
Class size is 8 and workshops are designed for ages 14+ due to the upper body strength required. Workshops are subject to sufficient registration and a participant loses their deposit if they cancel and we cannot fill their spot. If a workshop is full, enquire anyway and we will add you to a waitlist.
If you have 8 friends or family members who'd like to do a workshop together, contact Bruce (519-993-0992) to arrange a private workshop for your group.
Upcoming Workshops for Winter/Spring 2024
Saturday, January 27 (full)
Saturday, March 23 (full)
Sunday, April 21 (full)
Saturday May 4 (4 spots open)
Saturday, June 15 (5 spots open)
*Due to upcoming semi-retirement, my paddle making course schedule from here on will be reduced considerably. You are welcome to use your gift certificates toward paddles that I have already made if a course is not
available. Thank you.
Greenland Paddle Making Course: Saturday, April 6 (3 spots open)
For course info, email Bruce at email@example.com. If you have enough people for a private workshop, email me and I will see if I can help you out. It's always a fun day!
Cancelling and Re-booking
I do expect people to have to cancel and re-book when ill or having family emergencies. For other reasons, I need you to contact me 4 weeks in advance for a change of dates. I often can't find replacements on short notice. If you must cancel on short notice for reasons other than the above and I cannot find replacements, it will be necessary to keep the deposit in lieu of my lost income. Thank you for your understanding.
In 2023/2024, I will be keeping a waiting list so please feel free to let me know if you would like that option.
"Your teaching is so clear and easy to follow. Thank you!"
"We can tell you love to do this.. such an enjoyable day."
"This was fabulous! I'm going to tell all my friends and family."
"Your knowledge of paddle performance was so helpful."
"Enjoyed your - and everyone's -canoeing stories throughout the day too."
"Wow! I can't believe I made this. Thank you so much."