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Woodworking Classes


Make a paddle with us!

Craft your own canoe paddle the same way artisans have been making paddles for centuries! Urban Boatbuilders hosts monthly paddle making classes at our workshop in St. Paul. With the help of an instructor, choose your own design, wood species, and shape your paddle. Work with a bandsaw and traditional tools such as hand planes and spokeshaves. Finalize your work by sanding and finishing with a durable varnish. No previous experience

required! You must be at least 18 years old to participate.

One paddle per person.

Class size: 4-8 Adults

Class & materials fee: $149 per person*

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


Give the gift of paddle making!

Buy a gift certificate and share the joy of a handmade paddle with a friend, or keep it for yourself!  Once purchased, we will email the purchaser a gift certificate that contains a discount code to use when registering. Paddle making class gift certificates are good for one year after purchase. 


If you don't hear from us within one business day, or have questions, please email us at

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Upcoming Classes

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