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Celebrate Canadian Heritage

Whether made for canoes, kayaks, dragon boats, paddleboards, rafts or just to hang on a wall, paddles are a true Canadian icon. Historically, paddles were essential to both Indigenous peoples and European settlers for exploring Canada’s vast waterways.

We have teamed up with the International Sustainability Education Foundation (ISEF) for Canada’s 150th birthday to bring paddle carving to as many Canadians as possible. When you buy a paddle carving ticket from Lee Valley, 25% of the net proceeds will go to the ISEF. They will use the proceeds to bring paddle carving seminars to places that do not have access to Lee Valley stores, such as Indigenous peoples and rural communities, as well as to help organize paddle festivals in the cities of Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto and Halifax.

Not only will you go home with an amazing paddle that you carved yourself, but you will help to keep the tradition of working with tools and wood alive in Canada.

Lee Valley Tools Paddle Making workshop schedule:

Burlington

Carve a Canoe Paddle

Friday, May 19, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

or Wednesday, June 14, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Roger Foster will guide you through carving a customized black cherry canoe paddle, from wood preparation, shaping and carving to sanding and final finishing. You will take home a completed paddle, suitable for either traversing the water or mounting above the fireplace. Please give your height when purchasing your ticket. All tools and materials will be supplied.

To register for a paddle carving workshop please call:
(905) 319-9110

Fee: $200.00

 

Carve a Canoe Paddle

Saturday, August 4, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Roger Foster will guide you through carving a customized black cherry canoe paddle, from wood preparation, shaping and carving to sanding and final finishing. You will take home a completed paddle, suitable for either traversing the water or mounting above the fireplace. Please give your height when purchasing your ticket. All tools and materials will be supplied.

Fee: $200.00

Roger Foster, owner of Carlisle Canoe Company, has been instructing wooden canoe building and paddle carving since the 1990s. He has helped individuals, couples, and classes build beautiful watercraft at his workshop in the woods north of Burlington.

Max #    10

Adults Only. Please wear closed toed shoes (e.g. Running Shoes). Refreshments will be provided. A sandwich lunch will be provided. Seminar will be dusty, please dress appropriately. When you buy a paddle carving ticket from Lee Valley, 25% of the net proceeds will go to the ISEF

To register for a paddle carving workshop please call:
(905) 319-9110

Fee: $200.00

Calgary

Carve a West Coast Paddle

Thursday, June 1, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

and Friday, June 2, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Join Rick Wolcott in carving one side of a West Coast paddle that will be suitable for hanging on a wall. These types of paddles used to be on old whaling canoes. All of the paddles for a particular canoe would be exactly the same, except for the larger tiller paddle of the sternsman. Many of the old designs were so stylized that their meanings have been lost in time. You will be given the choice of patterns to carve, including killer whale and raven motifs. Spokeshaves will be used to fashion the outer curves and crooked knives will be used to dish out the parts. Painting will be done in class and a hanger will be added when the piece has been completed. All tools and materials will be provided.

To register for a paddle carving workshop please call:
(403) 253-2066
Please register early to avoid disappointment.

Fee: $200.00

Coquitlam

Paddle Making 

Saturday, May 13, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

or Thursday, June 8, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 

You will leave this workshop with your own unique paddle. Brian Chandler will instruct you how to make a single or double paddle (your choice). Brian will show you how to size, fine-tune and make your own paddle using simple hand tools. You will also be given helpful hints on the finishing process as final shaping; finishing and sanding will have to be completed at home. All tools and materials will be provided.

To register for a paddle carving workshop please call:
(604) 515-8896

Fee: $200.00

Carve a West Coast Paddle

Saturday, June 24, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

and Sunday, June 25, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Join Rick Wolcott in carving one side of a West Coast paddle that will be suitable for hanging on a wall. These types of paddles used to be on old whaling canoes. All of the paddles for a particular canoe would be exactly the same, except for the larger tiller paddle of the sternsman. Many of the old designs were so stylized that their meanings have been lost in time. You will be given the choice of patterns to carve, including killer whale and raven motifs. Spokeshaves will be used to fashion the outer curves and crooked knives will be used to dish out the parts. Painting will be done in class and a hanger will be added when the piece has been completed. All tools and materials will be provided.

To register for a paddle carving workshop please call:
(604) 515-8896

Fee: $200.00

Edmonton

Carve a West Coast Paddle

Monday, June 12, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

and Tuesday, June 13, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Join Rick Wolcott in carving one side of a West Coast paddle that will be suitable for hanging on a wall. These types of paddles used to be on old whaling canoes. All of the paddles for a particular canoe would be exactly the same, except for the larger tiller paddle of the sternsman. Many of the old designs were so stylized that their meanings have been lost in time. You will be given the choice of patterns to carve, including killer whale and raven motifs. Spokeshaves will be used to fashion the outer curves and crooked knives will be used to dish out the parts. Painting will be done in class and a hanger will be added when the piece has been completed. All tools and materials will be provided.

To register for a paddle carving workshop please call:
(780) 444-6153

Fee: $200.00

Halifax

Carve a Canoe Paddle

Wednesday, May 24, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Robert Haig will guide you through carving a customized black cherry canoe paddle, from wood preparation, shaping and carving to sanding and final finishing. You will take home a completed paddle, suitable for either traversing the water or mounting above the fireplace. Please give your height when purchasing your ticket. All tools and materials will be supplied.

To register for a paddle carving workshop please call:
(902) 450-1221

Fee: $200.00

Make a Laminated Canoe Paddle

Friday, June 23,6:00 pm. to 9:00 p.m.

and Saturday, June 24, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sam Evanson will begin the class by helping you design and laminate your paddle blank in preparation for carving. You will choose your own design from traditional beavertail, ottertail and voyageur paddle styles, then size the paddle for your body and select from different species of wood to use. On the second day you will custom fit the grip, and shape the paddle using a variety of hand and power tools. Sam will also discuss putting a finish on your paddle. All tools and materials provided.

To register for a paddle carving workshop please call:
(902) 450-1221

Fee: $150.00

Paddle Making 

Saturday, July 22, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

You will leave this session with a unique hardwood paddle. Select from a cherry, ash or maple paddle blank, then choose from otter tail, beaver tail or voyageur style. Lloyd Stonehouse will show how to size, fine tune and make your own paddle using simple hand tools. You will also be given helpful hints on the finishing process as final shaping, finishing and sanding will have to be completed at home. All tools and materials will be supplied.

To register for a paddle carving workshop please call:
(902) 450-1221

Fee: $150.00

Paddle Making Youth (ages 12-16) & Adult Course

Sunday, July 23, 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

Join Lloyd Stonehouse and craft your own canoe paddle. As an adult and youth team, you will use simple hand tools to shape and refine the paddle. A great way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday! All tools and materials supplied.

To register for a paddle carving workshop please call:
(902) 450-1221

                                                                                              Fee: $150.00

Kelowna

Carve a West Coast Paddle

Friday, June 16, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

and Saturday, June 17, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

or Sunday, June 18, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

and Monday, June 19, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Join Rick Wolcott in carving one side of a West Coast paddle that will be suitable for hanging on a wall. These types of paddles used to be on old whaling canoes. All of the paddles for a particular canoe would be exactly the same, except for the larger tiller paddle of the sternsman. Many of the old designs were so stylized that their meanings have been lost in time. You will be given the choice of patterns to carve, including killer whale and raven motifs. Spokeshaves will be used to fashion the outer curves and crooked knives will be used to dish out the parts. Painting will be done in class and a hanger will be added when the piece has been completed. All tools and materials will be provided.

To register for a paddle carving workshop please call:
(250) 448-1199

Fee: $200.00

Kingston

Paddle Making 

Saturday, May 20, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

or Friday, June 16, 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

or Saturday, June 17, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

You will leave this session with a unique hardwood paddle. Select from a cherry, ash or maple paddle blank, then choose from otter tail, beaver tail or voyageur style. Lloyd Stonehouse will show how to size, fine tune and make your own paddle using simple hand tools. You will also be given helpful hints on the finishing process as final shaping, finishing and sanding will have to be completed at home. All tools and materials will be supplied.

To register for a paddle carving workshop please call:
(613) 634-4400

Fee: $150.00

London

Carve a Canoe Paddle

Friday, May 12, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

Roger Foster will guide you through carving a customized black cherry canoe paddle, from wood preparation, shaping and carving to sanding and final finishing. You will take home a completed paddle, suitable for either traversing the water or mounting above the fireplace. Please give your height when purchasing your ticket. All tools and materials will be supplied.

To register for a paddle carving workshop please call:
(519) 659-7981

Fee: $200.00

 

Paddle Making 

Saturday, June 3, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 

You will leave this session with a unique hardwood paddle. Select from a cherry, ash or maple paddle blank, then choose from otter tail, beaver tail or voyageur style. Lloyd Stonehouse will show how to size, fine tune and make your own paddle using simple hand tools. You will also be given helpful hints on the finishing process as final shaping, finishing and sanding will have to be completed at home. All tools and materials will be supplied.

To register for a paddle carving workshop please call:
(519) 659-7981

Fee: $150.00

Paddle Making Youth (ages 12-16) & Adult Course

Sunday, June 4, 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

Join Lloyd Stonehouse and craft your own canoe paddle. As an adult and youth team, you will use simple hand tools to shape and refine the paddle. A great way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday! All tools and materials supplied.

To register for a paddle carving workshop please call:
(519) 659-7981

                                                                                              Fee: $150.00

Ottawa

Paddle Making Youth (ages 12-16) & Adult Course

Sunday, May 24, 10:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

or Saturday, June 10, 10:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

or Sunday, July 15, 10:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

Join Lloyd Stonehouse and craft your own canoe paddle. As an adult and youth team, you will use simple hand tools to shape and refine the paddle. A great way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday! All tools and materials supplied.

To register for a paddle carving workshop please call:
(613) 596-9202

                                                                                    Fee: $150.00

Paddle Making 

Thursday, June 8, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 

You will leave this session with a unique hardwood paddle. Select from a cherry, ash or maple paddle blank, then choose from otter tail, beaver tail or voyageur style. Lloyd Stonehouse will show how to size, fine tune and make your own paddle using simple hand tools. You will also be given helpful hints on the finishing process as final shaping, finishing and sanding will have to be completed at home. All tools and materials will be supplied.

To register for a paddle carving workshop please call:
(613) 596-9202

Fee: $150.00

Saskatoon

Make a Straight-Shaft Paddle

Saturday, May 6, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

or Saturday, June 10, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

 

In this workshop, Doug Cox will show you to the art of custom paddle making. He will start by discussing different types of paddles, the types of woods to be used, along with gluing techniques. You will be shown how to prepare the stock and glue up a blade and handle, and then you will cut, shape and finish sand a paddle, using a prepared blank. Doug will then discuss finishes and how to decorate your paddle with pyrographic artwork. You will go home with a paddle that you can use in the water or hang on the cabin wall. All tools and materials will be provided.

To Register for a paddle carving workshop please call:
(306) 652-6902

Fee: $125.00

Scarborough

Carve a Canoe Paddle

Saturday, May 27, 2017, 9:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

or Saturday, June 10, 2017, 9:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Roger Foster will guide you through carving a customized black cherry canoe paddle, from wood preparation, shaping and carving to sanding and final finishing. You will take home a completed paddle, suitable for either traversing the water or mounting above the fireplace. Please give your height when purchasing your ticket. All tools and materials will be supplied.

To register for a paddle carving workshop please call:
(416) 286-7574

Fee: $200.00

 

 

Paddle Making Youth (ages 12-16) & Adult Course

Saturday, July 8, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

or Saturday, August 26, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 

Join Lloyd Stonehouse and craft your own canoe paddle. As an adult and youth team, you will use simple hand tools to shape and refine the paddle. A great way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday! All tools and materials supplied.

To register for a paddle carving workshop please call:
(416) 286-7574

                                                                                                            Fee: $150.00

Vaughan

Carve a Canoe Paddle

Tuesday, June 27, 9:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

or July 26, 9:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Roger Foster will guide you through carving a customized black cherry canoe paddle, from wood preparation, shaping and carving to sanding and final finishing. You will take home a completed paddle, suitable for either traversing the water or mounting above the fireplace. Please give your height when purchasing your ticket. All tools and materials will be supplied.

To register for a paddle carving workshop please call:
(905) 264-1208

Fee: $200.00

 

Vancouver

Carve a West Coast Paddle

Wednesday, June 21, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

and Thursday, June 22, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Join Rick Wolcott in carving one side of a West Coast paddle that will be suitable for hanging on a wall. These types of paddles used to be on old whaling canoes. All of the paddles for a particular canoe would be exactly the same, except for the larger tiller paddle of the sternsman. Many of the old designs were so stylized that their meanings have been lost in time. You will be given the choice of patterns to carve, including killer whale and raven motifs. Spokeshaves will be used to fashion the outer curves and crooked knives will be used to dish out the parts. Painting will be done in class and a hanger will be added when the piece has been completed. All tools and materials will be provided.

To register for a Paddle Making workshop call:(604) 261-2262 Please register early to avoid disappointment.

Fee: $200.00

Victoria

Carve a West Coast Paddle

Wednesday, June 28, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

and Thursday, June 29, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Join Rick Wolcott in carving one side of a West Coast paddle that will be suitable for hanging on a wall. These types of paddles used to be on old whaling canoes. All of the paddles for a particular canoe would be exactly the same, except for the larger tiller paddle of the sternsman. Many of the old designs were so stylized that their meanings have been lost in time. You will be given the choice of patterns to carve, including killer whale and raven motifs. Spokeshaves will be used to fashion the outer curves and crooked knives will be used to dish out the parts. Painting will be done in class and a hanger will be added when the piece has been completed. All tools and materials will be provided.

To register for a Paddle Making workshop call:(250) 391-9553

Fee: $200.00

Windsor

Carve a Canoe Paddle

Saturday, May 6, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

or Saturday, June 17, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Roger Foster will guide you through carving a customized black cherry canoe paddle, from wood preparation, shaping and carving to sanding and final finishing. You will take home a completed paddle, suitable for either traversing the water or mounting above the fireplace. Please give your height when purchasing your ticket. All tools and materials will be supplied.

To register for a paddle carving workshop please call:
(519) 966-4100

Fee: $200.00

 

Winnipeg

To register for a paddle carving workshop please call:
(204) 779-7467

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Waterloo

Carve a Canoe Paddle

Tuesday, May 16, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

or Saturday, June 3, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

Roger Foster will guide you through carving a customized black cherry canoe paddle, from wood preparation, shaping and carving to sanding and final finishing. You will take home a completed paddle, suitable for either traversing the water or mounting above the fireplace. Please give your height when purchasing your ticket. All tools and materials will be supplied.

To register for a paddle carving workshop please call:
(519) 746-2555

Fee: $200.00

 

 

Paddle Making Youth (ages 12-16) & Adult Course

Sunday, May 28, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

or Sunday, June 25, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

 

Join Lloyd Stonehouse and craft your own canoe paddle. As an adult and youth team, you will use simple hand tools to shape and refine the paddle. A great way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday! All tools and materials supplied.

To register for a paddle carving workshop please call:
(519) 746-2555

                                                                                              Fee: $150.00