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Build A Canoe

If you can tie your shoelaces (thread a plastic cable tie), ice a cake (spread some glue), and hold a cordless drill, then you can build this canoe.

Stitch & Glue Canoe Building – Two campers can pay only one fee to work on one canoe. The 4.2m long by 750mm wide canoe we are building can be carried by one adult, fits on a standard car roof rack, is easy to paddle, and is very stable. No sawing of plywood or special woodworking skills are required – if you can tie your shoelaces (thread a plastic cable tie), ice a cake (spread some glue), and hold a cordless drill, then you can build this canoe. The canoe makes an excellent parent/child project. Builder’s ages have ranged from 7 (with a parent) to over 70, and all have had their canoes ready for the water on the last day. If looked after, this canoe will provide years of boating fun for the whole family. The canoe comes as a complete kit with all marine plywood parts cut out ready to assemble – no sawing needed. We drill 4mm holes in the edges of the sheets, glue pairs of panels together using a jig to hold them steady, and then sew them all together with plastic cable ties. When we have the shape correct we glue and fit the gunwales (strips of timber along the tops of the sides), glue the chines (joins) together with epoxy glue, then plane and sand everything smooth when the glue has cured. Sounds too easy? It is, although for a few days you will be kept very busy… but success is guaranteed!

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  • Adults: $396.00
  • Under 18: $242.00

Prices include GST

Details

Age 12+
Skill Level Everyone
Time slot Whole Day
Status bookings open July 1, 2018.
Location Bellingen Public School

More about the course

Finished craft can be given a trial run on the Bellinger River on the last day. Some builders choose to do some painting of their canoes at the course, but most take them home for final sanding and painting.

The canoe is also available as a 3.6m (12ft) model for those wanting something smaller. This size (crimson painted canoe in photos) will easily handle an 85kg adult and a very exuberant 25kg dog – I speak from experience! As this is not the standard size, anyone wanting a 3.6m version will need to let me know a month before Camp Creative. Same cost because the same number of plywood sheets are required, but the offcuts are large enough for a deck on your canoe.  For further photos go to my Facebook page ‘Canoes on Amaroo’, or for any questions, problems with equipment, or further information, please email Brian at briantina@aapt.net.au

As Ratty said to Mole in Kenneth Grahame’s ‘The Wind in the Willows’… “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing… as messing about in boats.”

 

 


Tutor

Brian  Jones

Brian Jones

Brian is a retired primary school teacher and currently part-time TAFE teacher who is passionate about building boats and getting out on the water, be it sailing, steaming or paddling. He has built dinghies, canoes, kayaks and stand up paddleboards with men’s groups, youth at risk, indigenous girls, and TAFE, Primary and High School students. He has seen the tremendous sense of pride and self-worth that building their own craft has brought to them- for many students it has been their first success at school. He has built stitch and glue canoes with students in high schools, TAFE, the National Maritime Museum in Sydney, the Wooden Boat Festivals in Hobart and Rhyll (Phillip Island), and 63 at Camp Creative, bringing the number of these canoes afloat to nearly 170. He has also built boats for himself, including canoes and kayaks, sailing dinghies, a 7m steamboat, and a 1920’s design speedboat. His aim is to show as many people as possible how easy it is to get afloat in a craft they have built themselves.

As Ratty said to Mole in Kenneth Grahame’s ‘The Wind in the Willows’… “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing… as messing about in boats.”

 


Course Requirements

Equipment- Course Requirements

Essential

Sense of humour! (Canoe builders laugh a lot!)

Cordless drill with 4mm drill bit and Phillips Head driver. Don’t forget the charger!

Pair of pliers for tightening cable ties.

Pair of saw horses or folding work benches. 

Old clothes and closed in shoes- no thongs or sandals.

Helpful 

Wood plane and several grades of sandpaper for smoothing timber.

Hand saw, hammer, chisel, woodworking clamps, and any general woodworking tools.

Countersink drill bit.

Plastic gloves to avoid glue on hands.

Canoe seat. Plastic chair minus legs (Council clean-ups are good), check out ‘simple canoe/kayak seats’ on Google Images for ideas, or try eBay for around $50.00. Seats are not provided, and aren’t necessary if you want to test your finished canoe in the Bellinger River.

The canoe is also available as a 3.6m (12ft) model for those wanting something smaller. This size (crimson painted canoe in photos below) will easily handle an 85kg adult and a very exuberant 25kg dog- I speak from experience! As this is not the standard size, anyone wanting a 3.6m version will need to let me know a month before Camp Creative. Same cost because the same number of plywood sheets are required, but the offcuts are large enough for a deck on your canoe.  For further photos go to my Facebook page ‘Canoes on Amaroo’, or for any questions, problems with equipment, or further information, please email Brian at briantina@aapt.net.au
 

Material Costs

$250.00 for all materials to make one canoe  (Does not include seat, paint or paddle.)   

If you wish to bring your own 1.8m x 30mm Tassie Oak dowel (about $20.00 from Bunnings) or similar to the course, we will provide the ply paddle blades and glue for you to make your own paddle.

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