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. It’s easy to become a member if you aren’t already one.

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May 2018

Sold Out! – Wood-and-Canvas Canoe Restoration

May 26 @ 9:00 am - May 27 @ 5:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Road
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$340

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. Interested participants may bring their own canoe for a thorough analysis and diagnosis and will…

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June 2018

2 Spots Left! – Learn to Dye with Natural Materials

June 2 @ 10:00 am - June 3 @ 2:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Road
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
$190
naturally dyed fabric samples

  /**/ Discover the world of natural dyeing! 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. Some materials will be provided, but participants…

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Learn the Basics of Pyrography

June 9 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Road
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
$130
Man holding pyrography owl project

/**/ 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! *Cara Jordan has no formal training, but has been creating and selling art…

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Sold Out – Make a Pair of Summer Moccasins

June 16 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Road
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$170
Woman holding summer moccasins, looking triumphant

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…

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Make a Leather Shoulder Bag

June 23 @ 8:00 am - June 24 @ 5:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Road
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$260
Two women wearing leather shoulder bags and looking happy

/**/ Create your very own hand-crafted leather shoulder bag in this two day workshop! 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,…

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