Introducing a new service from Otter Creek Smallcraft: help to build your own canoe.
For all those who would like hands-on experience in the construction of their canoe, but who lack the confidence, expertise, work-space or tools,
here is your chance.
Order a canoe, and then join designer-builder Peter Macfarlane for as much of the build of your canoe as fits your schedule or inclination.
Whether it's a weekend now and then or an extended period of time, you decide which parts of the process you would like to see up close
and to do in person, all under Peter's guidance and supervision.
Close communication throughout will let you know when each phase of the build is due to start, allowing you to plan ahead, and there is always some
flexibility in scheduling. The entire build takes around 200 hours, maybe more with instruction time, and may be spread over up to 3 months.
Trust me, paddling a canoe that you've built is a very special experience, personal on a whole new level. Furthermore, this experience will
probably furnish you with the skills and confidence to repair or re-finish your canoe if or when this becomes necessary.
1. Basic personal protective equipment will be provided (dust mask, ear defenders, safety goggles), but you are welcome to bring your own preferences
(e.g. chemical respirator for epoxy and varnish). Latex or nitrile gloves will be provided for epoxy and varnish work.
2. You will be asked to sign an indemnity agreement, acknowledging that working in a wood-shop has inherent risks and that you undertake this
work at your own risk. Good practices are in place and will be taught, encouraged and expected in order to minimise the risk of injury, but the
risk can never be reduced to zero.
3. Refreshments are provided, but accommodation and meals are your responsibility.
4. The price of the canoe is unaltered by your participation.
The first guided build
Ripping strips↑ ↓Stripping
Planing clean↑ ↓Adding epoxy
Sanding↑ ↓Seat caning
It was all worth it!↑