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Classes where Nick Schade will be teaching boat building or other subjects

Build Your Own Stitch and Glue Night Heron at the WoodenBoat School

Jul 25 2010 6:00 pm
Jul 31 2010 12:00 pm

Once again I will be leading students through the building of the Stitch and Glue Night Heron from a pile of plywood pieces through a fully assembled sea kayak at the WoodenBoat School in Brooklin, Maine.

This fast-pace class is suitable for anyone from novice woodworkers who want an introduction to boatbuilding, through experienced boat builders who want to learn about stitch and glue kayak building and fiberglass work.

Build a High Performance Sea Kayak at CVSW

Jan 16 2010 9:00 am
Jan 21 2010 12:00 pm

Sea kayaking is the sport of taking a small boat out on to the big ocean. You could buy an ordinary plastic kayak, or you could build your own which will be lighter, faster, better looking and more fun than any you can buy. This fast-paced class will take students through the major phases of building a “Night Heron” sea kayak. Using the “Stitch-and-glue” construction method, each student will go home with his or her own kayak. Some finish work will be required when they get home. Students will learn some basic woodworking skill as well as how to work with fiberglass and epoxy.

Build Your Own Kayak Paddle

Feb 26 2009 6:00 pm
Feb 26 2009 9:30 pm

Go home with your own beautiful wooden kayak paddle. This class will occur over 4 consecutive Thursday evenings. You will make a modern wide-blade laminated wooden kayak paddle.

This class will be held at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking and they will handle the registration.

Build Your Own Ganymede Kayak @ IYRS

Aug 17 2009 9:00 am
Aug 22 2009 5:00 pm

New Class

"Ganymede" is a new design intended to be a small, easy to handle recreational kayak, that is fun to paddle and easy to build. I will be teaching this class at IYRS in Newport, RI.

Build Your Own S&G Night Heron @ WoodenBoat

Jul 5 2009 8:00 am
Jul 11 2009 12:00 pm

Once again I will be teaching the Building Your One Night Heron Sea Kayak class at 6-day class you will go home with your own Stitch and Glue Night Heron, fully assembled and ready for sanding and varnishing. This is a fast paced learning experience where I lead you through all the steps to build your own boat.

Paddle Making Classes

Over the course of 4 evenings you will learn how to make your own modern wooden kayak paddle. The paddle can be adapted for sea kayaking, recreational boating or white water. You will learn about laminating, scarfing, shaping wood and fiberglassing. The resulting paddle will be lightweight and strong.

Required tools for S&G Night Heron Kayak Building Class

Some of the schools may have some of these tools, but if you want to be better prepared with your own tools these are what we use:


S&G Night Heron Kayak Building Class Schedule

This is a fast paced class which will get you through most of the most difficult steps involved in building a stitch and glue kayak. The first day will deal primarily with preparing the parts for the the busier days to follow. You will need determine your staining scheme. The second day will see the transformation of flat pieces of wood into a shapely kayak hull. You will stitch together the hull and apply fiberglass. On day three you will make the deck.

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