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Thu, Jul 11


Saint Paul

Make Your Own Wooden Canoe Paddle- July 11 & 13

Make you own paddle with UBB! Choose your wood, design, and carve a piece of art that will last for years to come.

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Make Your Own Wooden Canoe Paddle- July 11 & 13
Make Your Own Wooden Canoe Paddle- July 11 & 13

Time & Location

Jul 11, 2024, 6:30 PM – Jul 13, 2024, 4:00 PM

Saint Paul, 2288 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55114, USA

About the event

Day One: Thursday 6:30-9:30PM

On the first night, instructor Maila (they/them) will introduce you to the process of making a paddle. You will choose your own design from traditional paddles— Beavertail, Ottertail, Algonquin or Voyageur, and you’ll choose which types of wood to use. By the end of the evening you will have custom fit your paddle length and glued together a paddle blank.

Day Two: Saturday 9:00AM-4:00PM

On Saturday, you will shape the paddle, first using a bandsaw and then with traditional tools—handplanes and a spokeshave—the same way artisans have been making paddles for centuries. At the close of the workshop the instructor will discuss how to finish your paddle using linseed oils or spar varnishes (due to time constraints, participants will finish their paddles at home).

IMPORTANT: This course does require (safe) use of power tools, sharp hand tools and standing for an extended time. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable but not loose clothing and closed-toed shoes. It is helpful to bring snacks and a water bottle (no alcohol). The shop is heated. All participants will sign a liability waiver prior to class.

Discount available for folks who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), no questions asked. Enter the code BIPOC in the upper left corner "Enter Promo Code" after selecting your class.

A week before class, a staff member will reach out with a reminder and to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to reach out ahead of time:

***This class is paced and intended for adults. All participants must be 18 year of age or older. We may be able to accommodate a mixed-age group with a private class, please email

Youth classes are structured and priced differently - please email

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