Before you try and send any money, please check with me to make sure there is availability for your chosen dates.Once the dates are agreed, you can go ahead and use the PayPal button to make the payment. For canoe building we take a £200 deposit on booking. The balance of the payment is due 30 days prior to your arrival.
For Paddle Making Days, we take full payment on booking. Bookings for cabins can either go through Airbnb, or come direct, but again full payment is needed on booking. Please check back with us if you have left it a few days before paying, to make sure we still have availability.
The River Cabin is currently still available to book from 1-25 July. Canoe building is also available through this period. Email me on firstname.lastname@example.org to check that your preferred dates are still available.
We are now fully booked for May 2021, with a few opportunities still available in June and July. Canoe building is available, but accommodation may not be, so please check with me if you have particular dates in mind.We are fully booked through August. We still have lots of availability in September 2021 and October. We actually offer canoe building throughout the year , although fewer people tend to book then, for obvious reasons. It can be great fun building canoes even in the depths of winter, and getting snug in your cabin round the wood burning stove!
We recommend that you use roof bars and cam straps to attach your canoe to your car. However,we carry these rubber blocks now, as well as cam straps, so you can safely attach your canoe even without a roof rack. As you can see, the straps are fed in through the doors. * This photo was taken as the canoe was being attached.. A second cam strap was about to be fitted..
Lots of people are pressed for time and keen to build their canoe over 2 days, for example over a weekend. I am actively considering this. The plan is for us to cut out the various pieces of timber prior to your arrival. These could be prepared ready for fitting, or left for you to prepare. You would then assemble the canoe, with as much or as little further finish as you felt inclined to put in. There would still be scope for planing and sanding at each stage, and your canoe could be on the water in just 2 days.
Most people like the fact that they have cut their panels, seats etc for themselves, while others might have preferred to have that done for them. The advantages, in addition to the time saving, are that the pieces will be cut to size, saving you the physical work involved, leaving you with the artistic side of final preparation and the fun of fitting and finishing to your heart's content.If this is something you would like to consider, let me know. The cost is the same as the normal 3 or 6 day course, so it wouldn't cost you more, or indeed less, than our usual prices.
Over the years we have trialled a number of additional features in our canoes, and now feel able to offer these together as a special package.The Lakota Special is a standard Lakota in size, but has a number of additional features. For example, the deck pieces will be made of especially attractive dark Meranti hardwood ( or another timber of your choice), the seats will be ash framed webbing, and you will be entitled to 4 made-to-measure laminated paddles, which can either be made for you, ormade by you with help from us.
You will have 6 days at Birchcanoes, giving you the flexibility to work on your canoe or have time out with your family. You can even ask us to work on your canoe while you are away, or be guided by us as you work, or a mixture of the two.