ORCA Canoe Building Workshop Information
We look forward to welcoming you on your canoe build. At the end of your course, you will take
home a Lakelander, Prospector or Pup Canoe you can be proud of. Listed below are a few points
The workshop will open when we meet in the mornings at 9.30am, so just be ready with a pencil
behind your ear and a mug in your hand! We finish up the day at around 3.30 - 4pm; you are then
free to enjoy the rest of your day in the beautiful Cumbrian countryside.
On the first day you shall be introduced to basic timber handling the tools we shall be using, these
include: saw, planes, drill, clamps, pliers, etc... Please excuse us if we are teaching you to ‘suck
eggs’! If you are an experienced wood worker we will probably show you the ropes and let you get
on... If you need a little more guidance we are always there to help.
HOW THE WORKSHOP RUNS
You will be working at your own canoe until it is complete. This will naturally progress quicker if you
are bringing anyone along to assist in the build, although all workshops are aimed with a single
builder in mind. Be prepared for the odd splinter, we have tweezers and plasters on standby!
WHAT TO BRING
A pocket knife…extremely useful
Old work cloths (epoxy resin wont come out of cloths)
Footwear can be simple trainers or old walking boots if you prefer. Steel toe caps are not
Hand/face protection – we shall be providing gloves for when using the resin. If you would like to
bring along your own work gloves then please do so. We don’t supply face masks so please bring
your own if you feel you would want to wear one for sanding.
BUILDING WITH CHILDREN
If you are bringing children to help with the build that is fine. We have plenty of jobs for all ages and
abilities. Feel free to come and go with children so long as one of you are still around to build.
Have a look here for things to do with children.
PAINTING YOUR CANOE
On the last day of the build you will be finished around midday and will be ready to take it away
and paddle. Assuming you don't have to rush off home it is perfectly possible to paint your canoe in
the time left over, otherwise you can always paint it at home. We recommend any water based
colour followed by an exterior varnish. We have a quick dry varnish you can use and a few colours.
Be sure do download our side elevations of your canoe to practice different designs and colour schemes, they can be found of either the Lakeland or Prospector page… look for (Side elevation pdf) button.
Any Extras you may wish to add to your canoe can be bought at the workshop, we have Canoe
Seats, Carrying Yoke, Redtail and Greyowl Paddles and Cam Buckle Roof Straps and T.shirts and
Mugs. We don't recommend ratchet straps.
NOTE! We also cant take card payment so please bring cash.
Tea and Coffee will be provided. Please bring a mug if you remember, we have a few but they do
grow legs! Remember this is a self-catering course so please bring along food for the duration. We
will have a lunch break around 12ish for an hour or so each day.
LOCAL ACCOMMODATION OPTION FOR POOLEY BRIDGE
The nearest campsite is Park Foot about 300mt walk along the lake shore to the workshop. There
are other options ranging from B&Bs, campsites and hotels, in this area and hopefully you wont
have problems finding something.
You are welcome to stay as the Great Strickland camping site if you wish.
You can follow every build on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, feel free to become our friend and
like us if you wish (ORCA canoe building workshops), Feel free to take photos/vids during the
workshops, as we will.
ARRIVAL DETAILS FOR POOLEY BRIDGE
Ignore location on google!! That’s Orca’s postal address!!
The workshop is in a big green barn on the shore of Ullswater, just outside Pooley Bridge.
From junction 40 of the M6 head west, at the first roundabout, follow signs for Pooley Bridge.
You will need to find a spot to park in Pooley Bridge. Parking in Pooley itself is free and you will
probably find a spot along the main road if you are arriving early in the morning. Other parking
options are the two Pay and Displays and a £3 all day parking behind the Sun Inn. See map below
for parking options.
The workshop is accessed from a footpath that starts next to Eusemere car park, there is a sign
post to Waterside house, follow this path for apron 300m to the workshop, a big green barn.
If you happen to be camping at Park Foot Campsite you can walk the 300m along the lake shore
towards Pooley Bridge to the workshop. Look out for the big green barn.
Give us a call if you are running late or lost, there is reception at the workshop.
CAMPING AND ARRIVAL INFO FOR GREAT STRICKLAND
Message Tom on 07774239699 to check availability and book.
Tom can offer a no frills basic camping and Yurts on site at the Great Strickland and room for a small camper or sling you hammock up! there is a hot shower and flushing toilet.
Its about 20min drive to Pooley Bridge.
Camping is around £5 per person per night under 18 £2 and a dog is free. Please let us know asap if you wish to camp as space is limited. Click here for info and to book a yurt/barn/pod or go to air b&b and look for Great Strickland yurts and howdy barn.
CA10 3DU will take to the spot. Ignore location on google!! thats Dans house!!
From junction 40 of the M6, head east along the A66.
At the 1rst roundabout take the turning to 'Shap' (A6).
Follow this road for a few miles until you see a sign for ‘Great Strickland’ on your left. Turn left.
Continue for a mile or so; the road winds down to a small river under a railway, then up to
Great Strickland. Carry on out the village and take the first right after the church, then left at the fork and there is a small gravel car park on the left opposite a woods (double gates)
Camping is on the grass area behind the gravel carpark, Opposite is a woodland with the yurts in,
Please dont camp in the woodland as tempting as it looks!! Toilets and shower is a short walk down the lane to the farm yard. There is an entrance on your left in a wall before you get to the yard entrance that takes you into the toilet shower area.
Check in and payment can be made to Tom in cash, he can be found (if he is in) in his house thats
in the farm yard, look for glass porch, or failing that just give him a call 07774 239699.
We look forward to meeting you soon, and remember don’t forget your roof bars and Knife!
Steve Smith, Daniel Platt – ORCA (Open River Canoe Adventures)