"If you look for a happy person, you will find them building a boat," said Beran Wolfe. He was right. Kenneth Grahame has Ratty declaring, " There is nothing, absolutely nothing, quite so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats." Come and join us!
There are a few tasks which take muscle power, but we will be happy to give you as much help as you feel you want.
Relax in the spacious grounds (more than 2 acres). We sometimes take the canoes outside to work on if the weather is suitable.
Children are permitted in the workshop if you supervise them. They will remember helping to build their canoe for many years.
Our standard Lakota is by far our most popular canoe. This can be paddled solo, or will take the family quite happily. We do offer other designs, but we are happiest with the Lakota, and we are sure you will be too.
Your canoe can be carried on your shoulders, and transported home on any car with roof bars.
The canoes are built using beautiful okoume marineply, and applying the resin really brings out the grain.
Typically we will get to this stage after about 24 hours of work or less. The work progresses at your own pace, and you are encouraged to tell us when you want a break, work faster or work slower.
Yes, we will be wearing masks in the workshop when we re-open shortly ( all being well).
If you live locally you can travel daily, but many canoe building guests stay in one of our home made cabins, or in the Yurt.
Some of our canoe building guests opt to stay in our River Cabin. It is also popular with our Airbnb guests.
Launch is always an exciting photo opportunity, and a proud moment for us all. You can just see the River Cabin in the background.
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