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Canoe Building Workshop



3 day canoe build

14ft long

25 Kg


35'' wide

For solo or tandem paddlers

Super stable family canoe and easy to build!!

2024 DATES

6th - 8th  April ( FULL )

10th  - 12th April ( 1 spot left )

4th - 6th May ( FULL )

13th - 15th May ( 2 spots left )

14th - 16th June

8th - 10th July

2nd - 4th August

16th - 18th August

16th - 18th September

27th - 29th September

7th - 9th October



We have limited amount of B stoke pre cut planks that you can build your canoe with. These planks may have some marks and scratches and will have different colour/shades of wood finish being form different batches of ply.  Some planks my have been patched. However all planks are structurally sound and perfectly fine to build a canoe out of. 

This is a great option if you are on a budget and dont mind your canoe being built from different ply, and if you paint your canoe you would never know or you may even like this look! 



The 'Lakelander' is 14' 6'' long by 35''' . She has very graceful lines, is very stable in the water and retains a good load carrying capacity, and weighs in at only 25kgs.
The canoe is built for two people to paddle and allows plenty of space for a third, and for kit stowage, dogs, kids, picnic hampers etc …
We use light-weight materials so the canoe can be lifted and carried by one person and can be easily transported on the roof of a car. For the shell (hull), we use a high grade poplar-core ply, with Spruce gunwales and locally grown Oak and Ash for the thwarts and seats. All seams will be reinforced with marine grade epoxy resin and fibre-glass tape...  


Have a look at how we build page to see... how it's done (it's super simple)

SOLO VERSION 12ft can be built, same cost just let us know.

This is the same canoe but shortened, making it much lighter and best suited as a solo canoe only, the build time will be the same.



The canoe is designed to be built by complete novices and even you have never done any wood work you will be able to build this canoe. The stages of construction are very straightforward and progressive, and as you build your canoe, you will be surprised at how quickly it comes together. 

We build the canoe using our own sting and glue technique. This is an improved building method from the stitch and glue that we have developed over 17yrs of running canoe building workshops.  You will be working on your own canoe and bringing friends and family to help makes the job much easier and fun! but it perfectly possible to build solo if you wish.  Don’t forget... we've had years of practise eradicating those time consuming errors and we are always on hand to help if you need, but remember this is your canoe to build…. 

NOTE: no extra cost to bring helpers along,,the more the merrier.


This is a self-catering course, so bring some daytime fodder. We normally have a 1 hour lunch break so plenty of time to nip off to the local for food if you need as well. We have tea and coffee a plenty, so no need to bring flasks etc.  


The workshops are run by Steve, Dan and Justin. Three self proclaimed canoe nuts,  who have been building canoes since 1994!


Dogs are most welcome at the workshop.  


Your canoe can be painted ready to paddle at the end of the workshop. We recommend an exterior varnish on top of any paint or wood finish such as Ronseal Yacht Varnish or equivalent. There is not enough time for the varnish to dry so this needs to be done at home, however if you paint your canoe you can paddle your canoe once the paint is dry right out of our workshop on Ullswater!!

We recommend Ronseal Extiror wood paint  750ml, we have some colours at the workshop but you can bring your own if you want. 

You are also welcome to leave the canoe plain if you wish, in this case we will cover the canoe with an epoxy wash, you will still need to varnish over this at a later date, and you can still paddle on the last day......Weather dependent!!!

Don't forget your roof bars, and decent cam buckle straps.. we have purpose made canoe straps for sale £10 a pair if you need some.

NOTE: We don't recommend ratchet straps.



All extras can be now be purchased when you book a build, or you can wait till you are at the workshop.

The Lakelander comes with 2 standard seats made up of an oak spar and ply as a seat bace that you will need to make up. If you would like we have hand made web seats starting from £40, along with carry yokes.  


SOLO OPTION The Lakelander being so light, is fine to paddle solo however we can still make it smaller if you wish, just let us know before hand.



All our workshops will be run from the shores of Ullswater at Pooley Bridge. There are plenty of campsites and accommodation in this area.


We can recomend camping at Great Strickland (20 minutes away by car), but space is limited, so please text message Tom on 07774239699 to check availability.. It is a no frills kind of affair in a field.. there is a basic hot shower and flushing toilet. Dogs are allowed.  This is all arranged with the farm owners and can be paid in cash to them.  

If you want something closer to the workshop then Park Foot and Waterside campsites are 300mts away!!  Pooley Bridge and Penrith areas  have plenty of other options from luxury glampsites to B&Bs and hotels. Have a look at our accommodation page for some options. 


901 Lakelander canoes built so far...

These are just a few examples... send us your pic and we can add it......