This is a two-weekend, hands-on workshop that meets on:
Friday, January 24, 4 – 6 pm;
Saturday & Sunday, January 25 & 26, 9 am – 5 pm;
Friday, January 31, 4 – 6 pm;
Saturday & Sunday, February 1 & 2, 9 am – 5 pm
Materials fee: $500 (solo canoe); $650 (tandem canoe) paid directly to the instructor
For more information visit www.berkshireboatbuildingschool.org.
In this course you will build and take home your own ultra-light double paddle canoe. These boats are perfect for flat-water paddling, and they are light enough to easily car-top or carry from car to water or from pond to pond. Over the course, participants will steam and install ribs, lash the stringers (longitudinal pieces) to the ribs, install the inwales and complete the frame, skin the boat with a tough polyester cloth and waterproof the skin. Students can build either an 11 ½-foot solo boat, or a 13-foot tandem/solo version.
Hilary Russell for the past ten years has helped teenagers and adults build more than one hundred canoes, kayaks, coracles and umiaks. He formerly chaired the English Department at the Berkshire School, where he also taught boat building and led outing programs. Currently, he teaches creative writing at Berkshire Community College and directs the Berkshire Boat Building School.