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. You’ll leave the workshop feeling proud of your finished product, and inspired from a day of using your hands. You’ll have a new appreciation for your own creativity and talents – things you might not have known you had!

Something for Everyone!

We have a wide variety of workshops appealing to all tastes. 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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July 2018

Waitlist – Make a Leather-Bound Journal

July 21 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Road
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$130

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…

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August 2018

Woodburning a Decorative Paddle

August 18 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Road
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
$190

/**/ Learn the art of woodburning while decorating a paddle! The day will begin with a discussion of safety, materials, and how to use the wood-burning tool. You will plan your graphics and spend the day creating a decorative design on your 3', 3.5' or 4' long paddle. Experienced instructor, Cara Jordan* will guide you through the process giving you tricks and tips to feel confident with your woodburning tool. No experience is necessary! *Cara Jordan has no formal training,…

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September 2018

Learn the Basics of Fingerweaving

September 8 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Road
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$110
Small finger woven sample

/**/ 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 Harris* will guide you in selecting colours, laying out and planning your design and…

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3 Spots Left – Carve a Canoe Paddle – September 29th & 30th

September 29 @ 9:00 am - September 30 @ 5:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Road
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
$290
Two young men smiling and holding their paddles

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.* This workshop makes a terrific gift and there is no experience necessary! *Russ Parker is a Canoe Museum volunteer and supporter who retired to the Peterborough area. Not…

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October 2018

Make a Trail Toboggan

October 19 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Road
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
$270
Train of people pulling toboggans

/**/ Make your own trail toboggan in this awesome, 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.” Your instructors for…

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Check out some Photo Galleries from Past Workshops!

Summer Moccasin Workshop Photo Gallery

The Basics of Pyrography Workshop Photo Gallery

Dyeing With Natural Materials Photo Gallery