Nick will be demonstrating kayak paddle making at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking during the Lie Nielsen Hand Tool Event. Come learn about using hand tools from one of the premier manufacturers and see a variety of other woodworkers demonstrating techniques.
Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking
249 Spencer Street
Manchester, CT 06040
In this class we will build two of Nick's popular boat designs. Each boat is quite different cedar strip boats. Nymph is a sweet little double paddle canoe. It is lightweight and fun to paddle. The Night Heron is an elegant sea kayak. These two boats will give people a well rounded experience in using the woodstrip method of constructing small boats.
What could be better than an August day in Maine? Lots of boats, in August, in Maine. This show has something for everyone with fine yachts, fine art, and fine homes. There will also be some fine kayaks. I'll bring a passel of boats to show.
This show is put on by Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors Magazine and attracts a wide selection of exhibitors and is always fun. Their Boat Yard Dog competition has dogs demonstrating "amazing skills" on and off the water.
Kayak Builders Gathering
This annual gathering of kayak builders and people interested in home-built kayaks has been going for over 10 years. People drive from all around the North East to see what people have made over the winter. This is a good chance to see finished boats in person. The other boat builders are often kind enough to allow you to sit in and paddle the boats they built, giving you a chance to test before you build.
Location: Bluff Point State Park, Groton, CT
Every year since 1998 Chesapeake Light Craft has been hosting a gathering of small boat builders. On Friday they have an open house at their shop with demonstrations and a cookout. On Saturday it is on a beach on Chesapeake Bay.
I'll be bringing some boats down and giving some sort of demonstration this year. Come visit, bring a boat if you've got one, or just test boats you may want to build.
Location: Chesapeake Light Craft, Annapolis, MD