Adult Artisan Workshops
Have you always wanted to carve your own paddle? Weave snowshoes? Learn about leather-working? Bookbinding? Wood-burning? Weaving? You should take a workshop!
Spend a day, or two, learning traditional skills, meeting interesting people and working with your hands in a relaxed setting with experienced, supportive, knowledgeable instructors. You’ll leave the workshop feeling positive, proud of your finished product, and inspired from a day of using your hands and learning about the history of what you’re doing. You’ll have a new appreciation for your own creativity and talents – things you might not have known you had!
We have a wide variety of workshops appealing to all tastes, and we are adding new classes every year. Whether you’re interested in woodworking, weaving, leatherwork, sewing, or simply learning a new skill there is something for everyone to enjoy! Click the titles below to find out more about each workshop (including dates, availability and how to register).
Don't forget - if you are already a member of The Canadian Canoe Museum you will receive a 10% discount off the workshop cost. If you aren’t already a member you can click here to become one.
Look for our 2018 dates coming soon!
Here Are Our Upcoming Workshops...
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.*