Learn the Peyote Stitch
Feb
25
10:00 am10:00

Learn the Peyote Stitch

The Peyote Stitch is used to bead around a cylindrical object like a drum stick or feather. Students will discuss different variations including Gourd Stitch, Brick Stitch and Peyote Rosettes. There are a few basic tricks to starting this stitch successfully and creating pleasing patterns. Students will create a piece that will be beaded around a feather, and learn other techniques that could be used to bead around a key ring or zipper pull. Students will be guided by our expert beading instructor, Andrew Bullock.* 
 

Carve a Canoe Paddle
Mar
4
Mar 5

Carve a Canoe Paddle

Book your spot early – this workshop fills quickly! 

Create your own beautiful carved and sanded black cherry paddle and go home with all varnishing supplies to see it complete. Learn to use traditional hand tools in the Museum’s Preserving Skills Gallery with the help of a supportive, expert instructor, Russ Parker.* 

Bead on a Loom - Create Your Own Bracelet or Barrette
Mar
25
10:00 am10:00

Bead on a Loom - Create Your Own Bracelet or Barrette

New for 2017!

Learn the skill of beading on a loom in this fun and engaging one-day workshop. 

In this course you'll get to work with beautiful, colourful seed beads. You will begin by designing a unique pattern, and have the option to create you own bracelet or barrette. Plus, each participant will go home with their own wooden bead loom! Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn this functional beading technique from a local, highly-skilled artist, Andrew Bullock.* 

Make a Pair of Beaded Rosette Earrings
Apr
1
10:00 am10:00

Make a Pair of Beaded Rosette Earrings

Complete a pair of beautiful earrings using beading techniques in this fun and engaging one-day workshop. The rosette is simply a stunning piece that you'll be proud to say you made yourself, and will make a great gift! Take this opportunity to learn the basics of beading from a local, highly-skilled artist, Andrew Bullock,* while you spend the day in the Museum galleries learning a new skill. Leave with the knowledge to continue beading at home, and a unique piece of jewellery! 

Learn the Basics of Finger Weaving
Apr
8
10:00 am10:00

Learn the Basics of Finger Weaving

Finger weaving is a traditional type of hand weaving used to create the celebrated ceinture fléchée, colourful sashes historically worn by voyageurs during the fur trade. This type of weaving is unique because it does not require a loom, or any bulky, expensive equipment. 

Make a Wet-Felted Scarf
Apr
29
9:30 am09:30

Make a Wet-Felted Scarf

This workshop is an introduction to the wet felting technique. We begin with merino wool roving and create our own unique textile by adding water, soap and friction. Participants will learn how to layer, attach cords, and how to mix fibres to create different colour effects. We also explore the use of pre-felts to achieve distinct patterns in our felted pieces. Spend the day learning from a knowledgeable local artisan and leave with your own one-of-a-kind piece of wearable art!

Carve a Canoe or Kayak Paddle
May
6
May 7

Carve a Canoe or Kayak Paddle

Book your spot early – this workshop fills quickly! 

Create your own beautiful carved and sanded black cherry paddle and go home with all varnishing supplies to see it complete. Learn to use traditional hand tools in the Museum’s Preserving Skills Gallery with the help of a supportive, expert instructor, Russ Parker.* 

Note: In this workshop, there will be an option to carve a canoe paddle, OR  a Greenland style Kayak paddle. 

Make a Pair of Summer Moccasins
May
13
9:00 am09:00

Make a Pair of Summer Moccasins

Moccasins have been worn for centuries as the primary footwear in the summer over hard portages and soft forest floors. Now you can create a unique pair of your own with the added durability of a painted on rubber sole. The sole is made with recycled tire and barge cement which maintains the flexibility of the moccasin so you can still feel the ground beneath you. These moccasins are perfect for around the house, in your backyard gardening, around base camp while canoeing or hiking or even as a barefoot running modification.

Wood-&-Canvas Canoe Restoration
May
27
May 28

Wood-&-Canvas Canoe Restoration

Do you have a wood-and-canvas canoe at home that needs a little love? 

Participants in the canoe restoration clinic will learn how to re-canvas a wood-and-canvas canoe and perform basic structural repairs (for example; replacing a rib, or repairing damaged planking) from experienced canoe builder, Pam Wedd* of Bearwood Canoe Company.  You will leave with the confidence, know-how and hands-on experience needed to restore your own canoe

Natural Dyeing
Jun
10
Jun 11

Natural Dyeing

NEW FOR 2017!

Discover the world of natural dyeing in this new workshop for 2017! Participants will work with all natural materials, from plants to bugs to minerals, and leave with the knowledge to continue dyeing at home. Learn unique dye techniques such as Indigo dyeing and shibori, and create a small sample book to reference for future use! Participants are encouraged to bring their own materials (yarn, fabric, fleece) and any other natural fibres they would like to dye. 

Learn the Art of Pyrography
Jun
17
9:00 am09:00

Learn the Art of Pyrography

Learn the art of wood-burning in this fun and engaging workshop! The day will begin with a discussion of safety, materials, and how to use the wood-burning tool. Next, participants will practice using the different tips by making a small sampler. 

Once comfortable with the techniques students will select and complete a larger project from designs recommended by the instructor, Cara Jordan.* 

No experience is necessary! 

Make a Leather Bound Journal
Jul
22
9:00 am09:00

Make a Leather Bound Journal

This rugged, attractive leather-covered journal is based on a 14th century ledger structure. You will appreciate how this beautiful book’s construction allows the pages to open flat, making it perfect for sketching while sitting on the shore, or writing in at a desk. Once filled with memories, the cover can be detached and a new text block inserted for new journeys. This will become your go-to notebook! 

Our talented instructor, Stuart Hill is a Canadian bookbinder whose primary interest lies in restoration of books and heritage bindings. Stuart is an active member and teacher at the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild. 

No experience is necessary! 

Carve a Canoe Paddle
Sep
16
Sep 17

Carve a Canoe Paddle

Book your spot early – this workshop fills quickly! 

Create your own beautiful carved and sanded black cherry paddle and go home with all varnishing supplies to see it complete. Learn to use traditional hand tools in the Museum’s Preserving Skills Gallery with the help of a supportive, expert instructor, Russ Parker.* 

Toboggan Workshop
Oct
20
9:00 am09:00

Toboggan Workshop

NEW FOR 2017!

Make your own trail toboggan in this new, one-day workshop for 2017! Toboggans will be constructed by using a very durable and low-friction plastic to easily glide over snow and ice. The toboggans can roll up for easy transportation and storage and will be completely ready to take to the trails! Learn how to tie and adjust the running and tow lines, install brass rings for lashing loops, install a break line, and your own leather hauling “tump.”

Weave a Pair of Snowshoes
Oct
21
Oct 22

Weave a Pair of Snowshoes

Create your very own pair of hand-woven snowshoes in this popular two day workshop.

This workshop begins with a large selection of the best frames on the market (high quality white ash) and incredibly durable and functional 400 pound test fishing line (monoline) from Vancouver Island. The monoline is lighter, stronger and more abrasion-resistant than traditional rawhide. Plus, it doesn't require varnish or annual maintenance and it is much less likely to stick to wet snow.

Make a Pair of Snowshoe Bindings
Oct
23
1:00 pm13:00

Make a Pair of Snowshoe Bindings

Create a pair of leather snowshoe bindings for use with traditional snowshoes in this half-day workshop!

We start by using 10oz vegetable tanned leather, dyed to a colour of your choosing and joined with hand-hammered copper rivets. A leather strap and steel buckle secures the binding around your heel, while a simple cord-lock secures it over your foot. Throughout the course we'll discuss the tying and use of traditional lamp-wick bindings, and the difference between various traditional snowshoe styles. You'll leave at the end of the day with a pair of totally unique and highly functional snowshoe bindings.

Make a Pair of Winter Mittens
Nov
2
Nov 3

Make a Pair of Winter Mittens

NEW FOR 2017!

Make your own pair of mittens that you will want to wear all winter! These mittens are made of 100% felted duffle wool and genuine deerskin buckskin, designed to cut the wind and protect your wool from abrasion.

This workshop includes all of the materials required to complete and personalize your own pair of deerskin mittens. Choose from a single or double layer of wool- both guaranteed to keep your hands toasty this winter! Spend a fun and informative weekend learning from the best in the business, ending with a beautiful pair of highly functional, hand-made mittens.

Make Your Own Anorak
Nov
4
Nov 5

Make Your Own Anorak

NEW FOR 2017! 

Join our expert instructors during the course of this new two-day workshop for 2017! Create your own anorak out of modern, waterproof fabrics to wick moisture away and keep you warm all winter. The anoraks are designed to cover your thighs and to accommodate many layers underneath. Complete the anorak with a hood with a (optional) coyote fur ruff* to trap warm air inside the hood that creates a micro-climate in front of your face. Create a beautiful, durable and windproof outer layer- no sewing experience is required and all necessary materials are provided! 

Make a Pair of Winter Moccasins
Nov
11
Nov 12

Make a Pair of Winter Moccasins

Create your very own pair of hand-crafted, traditional winter moccasins in this fun and engaging two day workshop.

This workshop includes all of the materials required to complete and personalize your own pair of knee-high winter moccasins. Spend a fun and informative weekend learning from the best in the business, ending with a beautiful pair of highly functional, hand-made moccasins.

No experience is necessary and this workshop always sells out quickly. Don't miss out on one of the Canoe Museum's most popular courses!

Carve a Canoe Paddle
Dec
2
Dec 3

Carve a Canoe Paddle

Book your spot early – this workshop fills quickly! 

Create your own beautiful carved and sanded black cherry paddle and go home with all varnishing supplies to see it complete. Learn to use traditional hand tools in the Museum’s Preserving Skills Gallery with the help of a supportive, expert instructor, Russ Parker.* 


SOLD OUT - Carve a Canoe Paddle
Dec
3
Dec 4

SOLD OUT - Carve a Canoe Paddle

Book your spot early – this workshop fills quickly!

Create your own beautiful carved and sanded black cherry paddle and go home with all varnishing supplies to see it complete. Learn to use traditional hand tools in the Museum’s Preserving Skills Gallery with the help of a supportive, expert instructor, Russ Parker.*

Weave a Pair of Snowshoes
Nov
5
Nov 6

Weave a Pair of Snowshoes

Create your very own pair of hand-woven snowshoes in this popular two day workshop.

This workshop begins with a large selection of the best frames on the market (high quality white ash) and incredibly durable and functional 400 pound test fishing line (monoline) from Vancouver Island. The monoline is lighter, stronger and more abrasion-resistant than traditional rawhide. Plus, it doesn't require varnish or annual maintenance and it is much less likely to stick to wet snow.

Make a Pair of Custom Snowshoe Bindings
Nov
4
1:00 pm13:00

Make a Pair of Custom Snowshoe Bindings

Create a pair of leather snowshoe bindings for use with traditional snowshoes in this half-day workshop!

We start by using 10oz vegetable tanned leather, dyed to a colour of your choosing and joined with hand-hammered copper rivets. A leather strap and steel buckle secures the binding around your heel, while a simple cord-lock secures it over your foot. Throughout the course we'll discuss the tying and use of traditional lamp-wick bindings, and the difference between various traditional snowshoe styles. 

SOLD OUT - Make a Pair of Winter Moccasins
Nov
2
Nov 3

SOLD OUT - Make a Pair of Winter Moccasins

The first Winter Moccasin Workshop for 2016 sold out fast, so sign up soon! 

Create your very own pair of hand-crafted, traditional winter moccasins in this fun and engaging two day workshop.

SOLD OUT - Make a Pair of Winter Moccasins
Oct
29
Oct 30

SOLD OUT - Make a Pair of Winter Moccasins

Create your very own pair of hand-crafted, traditional winter moccasins in this fun and engaging two day workshop.

This workshop includes all of the materials required to complete and personalize your own pair of knee-high winter moccasins. Spend a fun and informative weekend learning from the best in the business, ending with a beautiful pair of highly functional, hand-made moccasins.

Carve a Canoe Paddle - SOLD OUT
Sep
24
Sep 25

Carve a Canoe Paddle - SOLD OUT

Book your spot early – this workshop fills quickly!

Create your own beautiful carved and sanded black cherry paddle and go home with all varnishing supplies to see it complete. Learn to use traditional hand tools in the Museum’s Preserving Skills Gallery with the help of a supportive, expert instructor, Russ Parker.*

SOLD OUT - Make a Leather-Bound Journal
Jul
9
9:00 am09:00

SOLD OUT - Make a Leather-Bound Journal

New for 2016!

This rugged, attractive leather-covered journal is based on a 14th century ledger structure.  You will appreciate how this beautiful book’s construction allows the pages to open flat, making it perfect for sketching while sitting on the shore, or writing in at a desk.  Once filled with memories, the cover can be detached and a new text block inserted for new journeys. This will become your go-to notebook!

Our talented instructor, Stuart Hill is a Canadian bookbinder whose primary interest lies in restoration of books and heritage bindings.  Stuart is an active member and teacher at the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild and supporter of The Canadian Canoe Museum.

Learn the Basics of Wood-Burning
Jun
11
9:00 am09:00

Learn the Basics of Wood-Burning

New for 2016!

Learn the art of wood-burning in this unique new workshop!  The day will begin with a discussion of safety, materials, and how to use the woodburning tool. Next, participants will practice using the different tips by making a small sampler. 

Once comfortable with the techniques students will select and complete a larger project from designs recommended by the instructor, Cara Jordan.*  

Learn The Basics of Finger Weaving
Jun
4
10:00 am10:00

Learn The Basics of Finger Weaving

Finger weaving is a traditional type of hand weaving used to create the celebrated Ceinture fléchée, colourful sashes historically worn by voyageurs during the fur trade.  This type of weaving is unique because it does not require a loom, or any bulky, expensive equipment.

You will learn several basic techniques and weave at least 2 samples to practice your new skills. Our instructor and Museum volunteer Jo Harrison* will guide you in selecting colours, laying out and planning your design and weaving your samples successfully.  

SOLD OUT - Canoe Restoration Workshop
May
28
May 29

SOLD OUT - Canoe Restoration Workshop

Do you have a wood-and-canvas canoe at home that needs a little love? 

Participants in the canoe restoration clinic will learn how to re-canvas a wood-and-canvas canoe and perform basic structural repairs (for example; replacing a rib, or repairing damaged planking) from experienced canoe builder, Pam Wedd* of Bearwood Canoe Company.  You will leave with the confidence, know-how and hands-on experience needed to restore your own canoe.

NEW CLASS ADDED - Make a Pair of Summer Moccasins
May
15
8:30 am08:30

NEW CLASS ADDED - Make a Pair of Summer Moccasins

New for 2016!

Moccasins have been worn for centuries as the primary footwear in the summer over hard portages and soft forest floors. Now you can create a unique pair of your own with the added durability of a painted on rubber sole. The sole is made with recycled tire and barge cement which maintains the flexibility of the moccasin so you can still feel the ground beneath you. These moccasins are perfect for around the house, in your backyard gardening, around base camp while canoeing or hiking or even as a barefoot running modification.

Carve a Greenland-Style Kayak Paddle
May
7
May 8

Carve a Greenland-Style Kayak Paddle

Carve your own Greenland-style kayak paddle! Begin the workshop by determining what length of kayak paddle suits you best. Learn to use traditional hand tools in the Museum’s Preserving Skills Gallery with the help of a supportive, expert instructor, Russ Parker.*

Create your own custom carved and sanded paddle with learning new skills and making new friends. Go home with all varnishing supplies to see it complete. There is no experience necessary to take this workshop and carve yourself an heirloom paddle.

SOLD OUT - Upscale Camp Cooking
Apr
30
6:00 pm18:00

SOLD OUT - Upscale Camp Cooking

New for 2016! - a two hour cooking class, serving a three course dinner.

Join Chef Amanda Harrison* at The Canadian Canoe Museum for an evening of upscale campfire cooking!  We will start the night with a high protein veggie walnut pate, served with flax and sweet potato crackers.  These snacks can be prepared in advance of a camping trip and Amanda will show you how.  Next, we will serve fresh rainbow trout, with a lesson on filleting fresh fish.  We will season the fish with an herbed compound butter and show you how to cook it over the coals in a salt crust.  

Learn the Peyote Stitch
Apr
23
10:00 am10:00

Learn the Peyote Stitch

New for 2016!

The Peyote Stitch is used to bead around a cylindrical object like a drum stick or feather.  Students will discuss different variations including Gourd Stitch, Brick Stitch and Peyote Rosettes. There are a few basic tricks to starting this stitch successfully and creating pleasing patterns.  Students will create a beaded piece that could be used for a key ring or zipper pull following the guidance of expert instructor, Andrew Bullock.*  Other applications will be reviewed during class.  

Make a Wet-Felted Scarf
Apr
16
9:30 am09:30

Make a Wet-Felted Scarf

Create a one of a kind wet-felted scarf in this one day workshop, new for 2015! Learn from the talented Christianna Ferguson.*

This workshop is an introduction to the wet felting technique. We begin with merino wool roving and create our own unique textile by adding water, soap and friction. Participants will learn how to layer, attach cords, and how to mix fibres to create different colour effects.

Learn to Bead on a Loom
Mar
19
10:00 am10:00

Learn to Bead on a Loom

Learn the skill of beading on a loom in this fun and engaging one-day workshop. 

In this course you'll get to work with beautiful, colourful seed beads. Begin by designing a unique pattern, then start a band that can be turned into a bracelet, headband, or sewn onto clothing. Plus, each participant goes home with their own wooden bead loom! Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn this functional beading technique from a local, highly-skilled artist, Andrew Bullock.*

SOLD OUT - Carve a Canoe Paddle
Mar
5
Mar 6

SOLD OUT - Carve a Canoe Paddle

To be added to the waiting list please email Beth.

Create your own beautiful carved and sanded black cherry paddle and go home with all varnishing supplies to see it complete. Learn to use traditional hand tools in the Museum’s Preserving Skills Gallery with the help of a supportive, expert instructor, Russ Parker.*

This workshop makes a terrific gift and there is no experience necessary!

REGISTER NOW! - Make a Beaded Rosette
Feb
20
10:00 am10:00

REGISTER NOW! - Make a Beaded Rosette

Complete your own beautiful beaded rosette in this fun and engaging one-day workshop.

This workshop is the perfect introduction to beading. The rosette is simply a stunning piece that you'll be proud to say you made yourself! Take this opportunity to learn the basics of beading from a local, highly-skilled artist, Andrew Bullock,* while you spend the day in the Museum galleries learning a new skill.  Leave with a beaded rosette and the knowledge to continue beading at home.  

Snowshoe Moccasins
Nov
7
Nov 8

Snowshoe Moccasins

This workshop includes all of the materials required to complete and personalize your own pair of knee-high winter moccasins. Spend a fun and informative weekend learning from the best in the business, ending with a beautiful pair of highly functional, hand-made moccasins.

Snowshoe Weaving
Nov
5
Nov 6

Snowshoe Weaving

Create your very own pair of hand-woven snowshoes in this popular two day workshop.

Your instructors for this course are Kielyn and Dave Marrone, husband and wife team and owners of the Sudbury-based company Lure of the North. Together, they've built a life and a career that is driven by their passion for traditional winter travel, crafts and northern culture. These guys have each travelled over 1,000 km by snowshoe. After rigorous testing in various weather conditions and types of terrain, Kielyn and Dave have settled upon a marriage of traditional snowshoe frames and modern weaving materials. The result is a highly functional snowshoe.

Snowshoe Bindings
Nov
4
1:00 pm13:00

Snowshoe Bindings

We start by using 10oz vegetable tanned leather, dyed to a colour of your choosing and joined with hand-hammered copper rivets. A leather strap and steel buckle secures the binding around your heel, while a simple cord-lock secures it over your foot. Throughout the course we'll discuss the tying and use of traditional lamp-wick bindings, and the difference between various traditional snowshoe styles. You'll leave at the end of the day with a pair of totally unique and highly functional snowshoe bindings.

Snowshoe Weaving
Oct
31
Nov 1

Snowshoe Weaving

Create your very own pair of hand-woven snowshoes in this popular two day workshop.

This workshop begins with a large selection of the best frames on the market (high quality white ash) and incredibly durable and functional 400 pound test fishing line (monoline) from Vancouver Island. The monoline is lighter, stronger and more abrasion-resistant than traditional rawhide. Plus, it doesn't require varnish or annual maintenance and it is much less likely to stick to wet snow.

Snowshoe Moccasins
Oct
29
Oct 30

Snowshoe Moccasins

Create your very own pair of hand-crafted, traditional winter moccasins in this fun and engaging two day workshop.

This workshop includes all of the materials required to complete and personalize your own pair of knee-high winter moccasins. Spend a fun and informative weekend learning from the best in the business, ending with a beautiful pair of highly functional, hand-made moccasins.

Snowshoe Bindings
Oct
28
1:00 pm13:00

Snowshoe Bindings

Create a pair of leather snowshoe bindings for use with traditional snowshoes in this half-day workshop, new for 2015!

Your instructors for this course are Kielyn and Dave Marrone, husband and wife team and owners of the Sudbury-based company Lure of the North. Together, they've built a life and a career that is driven by their passion for traditional winter travel, crafts and northern culture. These guys have each travelled over 1,000 km by snowshoe. They are our winter travel experts and they've mastered the art of making these rugged and versatile leather bindings, suitable for stiff boots or soft moccasins.