Canoe Paddle Carving Course at Riverport Wooden Boat School

Canoe Paddle Carving
$245.00 - $290.00
Carve your own canoe paddle! From the shape of the paddle blade, to its length, to the shape of the handle, the paddle you create will be made for you by you.

Choose either Otter Tail or Beaver Tail shaped blade for your paddle. Each participant in the class will be provided with paddle blank laminated of carefully selected woods. Using hand tools you will carve your paddle blade to the desired shape. Once the blade is shaped, you will custom fit your paddle, by carving the shape of the grip area to fit your hands and cutting the paddle shaft to the perfect length for you. Prior to the end of the first day, you will glue to your paddle the wood that will be carved into the paddle’s handle. On the second day you will carve the handle, complete the paddle’s final shaping prior to sanding and applying apply a hand rubbed oil finish. Students leave with a completed paddle. Beginners welcome.

Instructor: John Van Buren is an engineer who, upon retirement, was a participant in one of the Great Hudson River Paddles. During this journey by kayak down the Hudson River from Albany to Lower Manhattan, he learned from fellow paddlers the joys of paddling a boat with a custom carved wood paddle. Once he returned home he started carving paddles and making canoes and kayaks. This in turn led to membership in the Northeastern Woodworkers Association where he was introduced to the art and science of fine woodworking. As an avid paddler and a woodworker, John carves lively paddles that balance of light weight, strength and beauty.

Course Dates: Saturday & Sunday, April 29th & 30th, 9 am to 4 pm.

Tuition: $245 for HRMM members, $290 for non-members.