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Build Your Own Kayak Paddle at CVSW

Feb 23 2011 6:00 pm
Feb 23 2011 9:30 pm

wooden kayak paddleIf you have a wooden kayak, you really need a wooden paddle. In this 5 evening class students will build their own laminated wood kayak paddle. The paddle can be feathered or unfeathered. We will glue up the wood, cut the blade pieces, glue them to the shaft and shape the blades.



Build a Strip-Planked Kayak and Canoe at CVSW

Jan 15 2011 9:00 am
Jan 20 2011 12:00 pm


A guide to constructing small boats with wood strips and epoxy.


woodstrip canoe

NOTE: If you are thinking of signing up for this class, please do so early. I will need at least 3 weeks notice to be sure to have enough material prepared for everyone. - Thanks, Nick


Strip-Planking Workshop

Oct 30 2010 9:00 am
Oct 30 2010 4:00 pm

This one day workshop at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking in Manchester CT will provide interested boatbuilders a solid overview of the strip-planked method of building small boats.

Stitch and Glue Night Heron Class Video

Another 7 Night Herons have been built at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking. This time-lapse video shows the progress over 5.5 days, starting with a raw pile of CNC-cut parts from Chesapeake Light Craft, and completing with an assembled 18' long kayak.

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.

Strip Built Boats Workshop @ CVSW

May 2 2009 9:00 am
May 2 2009 5:00 pm

The process of strip building canoes and kayaks is generally considered to be the best for small light-weight craft. It is also undoubtedly the nicest looking construction method for this sized boat. In this one day demonstration of the strip-building technique for making a kayak or other small boat, professional kayak builder and designer, Nick Schade, will outline the steps to build your own boat. Topics shown will include basic stripping and staple-free construction, fairing the hull and fiber-glassing. Participants will be free to ask questions.

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.

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