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Paddle making

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

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 you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the 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.


John Clohesy at Birch Canoes
Brooksby Station House
Hoby Road, Brooksby
Melton Mowbray
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Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Children
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Public transport
  • Romantic
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users

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