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Mackinaw Watercraft Canoe and Kayak College


Strip-built Boat Building 101  |  Wood Paddle Making 201

Mackinaw Watercraft LLC is now offering classes in wood strip canoe, kayak and paddle building. These classes are offered at our Grand Ledge, MI boat-works and will offer students an introduction to all phases of design and construction. Whether you are an avid paddler that wants a closer relationship to your craft or an experienced wood worker looking for a challenging project these classes will offer you new knowledge, skills and insights. Classes are limited in size and fill up quickly so pre-registration is required.

Strip-built Boatbuilding 101

Receive 15 hours of instruction from experienced and acclaimed wooden boat builder Allen Deming. This class is designed as an introduction to the construction of cedar strip canoes, kayaks and paddles. Covered topics will include discussions of boat design, materials, tools and construction techniques. The class will rely heavily on live demonstrations and include the opportunity for some hands-on participation in every major phase of strip-built construction. From forms to fiberglass and finishing this overview should give you a strong start on the road to building your own wooden watercraft.

Strip-built Boat Building 101 is a three session, 15 hour class which offers an introduction to the design, construction and finishing of cedar strip Kayaks and Canoes. Plenty of opportunity for hands-on participation in all critical phases of construction will be offered to each student.†

All class sessions will be held at the Mackinaw Watercraft Boat Works in Grand Ledge, Michigan. Please check the above link for dates and times.

 


Wood Paddle Making 201

Mackinaw Watercraft, LLC owner and designer Allen Deming will offer a wood paddle making class for beginners and experienced woodworkers. This two hour class will provide instruction and insight for making Allenís laminated canoe and kayak paddle designs. Using live demonstrations and written instructions, a step by step process will reveal his method for creating beautiful and long-lasting canoe and kayak paddles. You will learn how to make both straight and bent shaft canoe paddles as well as a two piece kayak paddle. An illustrated instruction booklet will be provided to each participant.

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