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.
We take payment via PayPal, or by Direct bank transfer to Account number 13111098 Sort Code 04 00 03 The Account name is John Clohesy or Birchcanoes
The River Cabin makes an ideal base for your canoe building, and is currently available at a discounted price of £200 for the week for canoe building guests. Email me on firstname.lastname@example.org to check that your preferred dates are still available.
2022 Season We are already largely booked for the school holidays in Spring and Summer 2022 although there are still a few weeks with availability. However we have plenty of availability out of School holiday times. Email me on jclohesy@gmail to check availability for 2022.
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.
We have been offering chess board making as an option for quite a few years, with children often opting to make a board while their parents attend to the more complex elements of their canoe build. The chess boards are made from offcuts of the marine ply used to build the canoes. We have recently added Chess Pieces. The style is entirely our own, made from offcuts of ash gunwale strips, and the pieces are simple, readily identified, and remarkably stable. I tend to rough them out prior to the day, and they then just need tidying up with some diamond files and sand paper before half of them are died using Van Dyke crystals ( made from Walnuts), before the pieces are varnished.
Spring and Summer 2023 Canoe building
We are very flexible regarding dates for canoe building, paddle making and other events, but the following dates are currently available ( as of 2 May 2023)-- please check with me to ensure your chosen date is still available before making arrangements.
8-13 May ( Vine Cabin)
7-12 June 2023 ( Vine Cabin)
26 June -1 July 2023 ( River Cabin and Vine Cabin)
10 July-14 July 2023 ( Vine Cabin)
17-20 July 2023 ( River Cabin and Vine Cabin)
Please note, you can opt for a 3 day or a 6 day option within these dates, to start on a date of your choice. In some case, arrival earlier than the first date shown might be possible, do let us know what you would preferText me on 07922 164061 or email me at email@example.com