Make a Wet-Felted Scarf
Feb
24
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!...

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Canoe Trip Menu Planning 101
Mar
2
6:30 PM18:30

Canoe Trip Menu Planning 101

Join chef Amanda Harrison* for an interactive workshop dedicated to menu preparation for  canoe trips.  In the Canoe Museum kitchen, we will prepare Cajun Jambalaya with chicken and sausage.  We will learn how to make delicious Granola Bars in advance of a trip.  Next, we will whip up a mix for Skillet Cornbread, that can be cooked over a fire.  And finally, a No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake for dessert...

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Carve a Canoe Paddle
Mar
3
to Mar 4

Carve a Canoe Paddle

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...

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Make a Beaded Feather or Rosette
Mar
24
10:00 AM10:00

Make a Beaded Feather or Rosette

Complete a beautiful beaded rosette or feather using beading techniques in this fun and engaging one-day workshop.This is the perfect introduction to beading. Start the class by selecting and perfecting your design. Choose your colours and learn the techniques needed to finish your project...

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Paint a Decorative Paddle
Apr
13
10:00 AM10:00

Paint a Decorative Paddle

Get in on the hottest trend in home (or cottage) décor!  Spend a day in our Preserving Skills Gallery painting a solid-wood decorative paddle. Plan your design and colour scheme and bring your vision to life. Plot out and paint a geometric design customizing your paddle to fit your style and your home...

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Make a Beaded Puzzle Pouch
Apr
14
10:00 AM10:00

Make a Beaded Puzzle Pouch

A puzzle pouch is a traditional style of leather pouch that can be a bit of a ‘puzzle’ to get into.  Using the friction of strips of leather fed through little slits in the flap this clever closure method keeps your valuables securely hidden inside, and at first glance it can seem like there is no opening to get them out!...

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Learn the Peyote Stitch
Apr
21
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...

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Carve a Canoe or Kayak Paddle
May
5
to May 6

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...

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Wood-and-Canvas Canoe Restoration
May
26
to May 27

Wood-and-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...

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Learn to Dye with Natural Materials
Jun
2
to Jun 3

Learn to Dye with Natural Materials

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 with guidance from our expert instructor, Julie Sinden*. On the first day, students will learn about mordanting, preparing the dye-bath, and will dye their chosen fabrics. On the second day, unique dye techniques will be explored, such as Indigo dyeing and shibori...

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Learn the Basics of Pyrography
Jun
9
9:00 AM09:00

Learn the Basics 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...

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Make a Pair of Summer Moccasins
Jun
16
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...

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Make a Leather Shoulder Bag
Jun
24
8:30 AM08:30

Make a Leather Shoulder Bag

This fun and engaging workshop is a great introduction to a huge variety of skills like stamping, dyeing, carving and branding leather, installing hand-hammered copper rivets, making and installing wood or antler buttons, and installing buckles and clasps. You'll not only emerge with a completed and highly-functional shoulder bag, but also with the skills necessary to tackle loads of leather-craft projects like knife/axe/saw sheaths, belts, bags, wallets and more!...

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Carve a Canoe Pole
Jul
7
9:00 AM09:00

Carve a Canoe Pole

Canoe poling is a traditional method of canoe travel, which is still practiced in Atlantic Canada, British Columbia and the North Eastern United States. While standing in the canoe, polers use a 12 foot spruce pole to push directly off the river bottom. Because the pole is in contact with the river bottom, poling offers better control of the boat. This allows for both up and downstream travel in water too shallow to paddle...

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Hand Cane New Canoe Seats
Jul
13
9:00 AM09:00

Hand Cane New Canoe Seats

Whether you want to re-create a set of authentic, hand-caned seats for your cedar-canvas canoe, or add some character and charm to your Kevlar canoe this workshop is for you.  Spend the day in the museum’s Preserving Skills Gallery hand-caning new seats for you canoe.  Two white ash seat frames and all the materials needed to cane both seats are included with the workshop and you’ll leave with clear installation instructions...

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Make a Leather-Bound Journal
Jul
21
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!...
 

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Pyrography on a Paddle
Aug
18
9:00 AM09:00

Pyrography on a Paddle

New for 2018!

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.*  

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Learn The Basics of Finger Weaving
Sep
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. 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...

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Carve a Canoe Paddle
Sep
29
to Sep 30

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...

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Make a Trail Toboggan
Oct
19
9:00 AM09:00

Make a Trail Toboggan

Make your own trail toboggan in this one-day workshop! 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...

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Weave a Pair of Snowshoes
Oct
20
to Oct 21

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...

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Make a Pair of Custom Snowshoe Bindings
Oct
22
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...

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Make a Pair of Mittens
Nov
1
to Nov 2

Make a Pair of Mittens

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...

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Make Your Own Anorak
Nov
3
to Nov 4

Make Your Own Anorak

Join our expert instructors during the course of this amazing two-day workshop! 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...

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Make a Pair of Winter Moccasins
Nov
10
to Nov 11

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...

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Make a Hudson's Bay Blanket Coat
Nov
23
9:00 AM09:00

Make a Hudson's Bay Blanket Coat

Handcraft a traditional Capote using an authentic Hudson's Bay Company Point Blanket (a blanket who's value alone makes this workshop an unbelievable bargain). Spend the day immersed in the history of these blankets, following traditional pattern and hand-sewing the seams of your one-of-a-kind coat.  Experienced instructors show you traditional techniques, modern twists and ways to personalize your coat with unique embellishments...

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Carve a Canoe Paddle
Dec
1
to Dec 2

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...

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