Build With Us

Our classes allow a novice builder to construct their own boat  with full confidence of success. You will leave with a beautiful boat and truly be able to say I made it!


How Do the Classes Work?

The classes are essentially a series of one-on-one tutorials. We show you how to build one ‘corner’ of the boat. You do the second ‘corner’ under our watchful eye. Then you complete the remaining ‘corners’ on your own. You will be guided right through to the last step of building your boat including varnishing or painting.

When are the classes?

Day, Evening and Saturday classes are by appointment.

You are required to make a minimum commitment of 6 hours per week until the boat can be moved from the work station.

When Can I Start?

Anytime as long as we have space available. Several clients may be working in the shop at one time.

Who Can Build?

The classes are suitable for individuals, youth groups, community organizations and families. Youth should be 12 years of age or older.

Do I Need Any Experience?

You do not need any prior woodworking experience.  You will be taught everything you need to know.  You will be working primarily with hand tools (e.g. chisels, saws, planes, screwdrivers, staplers). In some steps, common power tools such as a random orbital sander will be used.  We provide all the tools you will need.

Do I Need a Partner?

Building with a partner is recommended. While it is possible to build by yourself, things will go much faster with a friend. For certain steps, you will need at least one extra person to help you.

How Much Does It Cost?

Costs for building a boat or board vary depending with the size of the item, choice of material, construction type and extra decorative or special features. The table below gives examples of the base cost for different builds.  Prices subject to change. Taxes are not included:

Cedar Strip Canoe TBA
Skin on Frame Canoe TBA
Skin on Frame Kayak TBA
Plywood Kayak TBA

The price for the course includes all instruction time, use of all tools and a great place to work.
You may bring a kit you have purchased elsewhere to the shop to build with us.
Other pricing will apply if you bring your own kit or plans. Please contact the shop for details.

How Long Does it Take to Build a Boat?

The following are average times for the first time builder:

Cedar Strip Canoe
Cedar Strip Kayak
Skin on Frame Canoe
Skin on Frame Kayak
Plywood Kayak

The length of time it takes depends on the size of the project, your prior experience and the amount of decorative or special features you install.  Building times can be substantially shortened if you have someone to help you and if you can work in longer blocks of time (e.g. a whole day at a time).

There is a minimum time commitment of 6 hours per week until the boat or board can be moved off its building station (to free up floor space in the shop). There are also overall project timeframes. Each builder is allotted a certain amount of shop time beyond which surcharges apply. Ask for details.


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