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Paddle making

Here is a spectacular ash paddle and one of our Lakota canoes

Duration: One day

Price: £80

Book with: John Clohesy
at Birch Canoes

Brooksby Station House
Hoby Road, Brooksby
Melton Mowbray

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About the Course

You will start the day with an opportunity to try one of our canoes on the river here. We will then decide together the length and style of your paddle, and the timber you want to work with (the options include Spruce, Ash, Mahogany, and other timbers as they are available).

You will use a range of traditional tools to shape your paddle, and I can give you as much (or as little) help as you feel you need. By the end of the day you will have a varnished completed paddle which you can enjoy for years to come.

We will work in my canoe building workshop or the adjoining lean-to, or outside in our extensive garden if the weather permits.
Note: Accommodation is not required, as this is a course which lasts just a few hours, but you can request accommodation at additional cost, in one of our home-built cabins. However, there is limited availability as the cabins are popular.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

The timber for your paddle is provided, as is safety wear and use of the tools, together with as much instruction and help as you want.

Tea and coffee and cookies are provided, bring a packed lunch or prepare your own in our camp kitchen.

Tools you will be introduced to include draw knives, shave horses, spoke shave, microplane rasp, saw rasp, and various sanding options.

Accommodation is not included but is available as an extra if you have had to travel some distance.

We are located in the East Midlands, so relatively accessible from most parts of the country.

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Course Start Dates

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.

  • Accessible by public transport
  • Accommodation offered
  • Child friendly
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Disabled access
  • Romantic
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for events & groups
  • Teen friendly
  • Weekends