Canoe Building Workshop
4 day canoe build
For solo or tandem paddler
YOU CAN BUILD ANY CANOE ON ANY OF THE FOLLOWING DATES.
All dates have space unless FULL next to them..
21st - 24th February
20th - 23rd March
10th - 13th April
8th - 11th May
25th - 28th May
12th - 15th June
26th - 29th June
17th -20th July
31st July - 3rd August
7th - 10th August
14th - 17th August
21st - 24th August
25th - 28th September
23rd - 26th October
THE ORCA LAKELANDER
Your canoe is built over four days. This is our very own design and has evolved through extensive builds and usage of a great number of canoes over the past 21 years.
The 'Lakelander' is 14' 6'' long by 34''' . She has graceful lines, is very stable in the water and retains a good load carrying capacity, and weighs in at only 24kgs.
The canoe is built for two people to paddle and allows plenty of space for kit stowage, dogs, kids, picnic hampers etc …
We use leightweight 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 outdoor WBP 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.
SOLO VERSION 12ft
This is the same canoe but shortened, making it much lighter and best suited as solo canoe only, the build time will be the same.
CAN I BULD IT?
YES YOU CAN!
The canoe is designed to be built by complete novices. 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. You will be working on your own canoe. If you have never done any wood work, bringing friends and family to help, makes the job much easier and fun! 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.
WHO WE ARE
The workshops are run by Steve and Dan. Two self proclaimed canoe nuts, who have been building canoes since 1997!
There is plenty of time to paint your canoe, we have a selection of colours but feel free to bring your own.
And yes you can paddle your canoe once the paint it dry right out of our workshop on Ullswater!!
Don't forget your roof bars, and some 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.
LAKELANDER OPTIONAL EXTRAS
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 £30, along with carry yokes. We also cane make up sailing rigs and foldaway cabins, all can be purchased at the workshop.
NOTE: We only recommend that the Lakelander takes one or two folk, if you want to carry more the Prospector might be the ticket!
SOLO OPTION The Lakelander being so light weight 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 or you can still stay at our campsite in Greatstickland about 20min drive.
We can offer camping at Great Strickland about 20min dive, but space is limited so its first come first get a spot so please let us now when you book. It is a no frills kind of affair in a small woodland just opposite the workshop, there is a basic hot shower and flushing toilet. Price is £5per person per night £2 under 18s and £1 for a dog. This is all arranged with the farm owners and can be paid in cash to them.
Both Great Strickland and Pooley Bridge areas has plenty of other options from luxury glampsites to B&Bs and hotels. Have a look at our accommodation page for some options.