KAYAK BUILDING WORKSHOPS

Create a traditional, ultralight kayak with your own hands.

Seawolf Kayak teaches skin-on-frame building courses throughout the world—from Addy, WA to Helsinki, Finland. How a kayak is built.

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

Locations represent the nearest major city.
Cost includes tuition and materials.

2019

Orcas Island, WA
September 7-15, $2100
WAITLIST
CANCELLED St. Michaels, MD
September 28-October 6
Buckow, Germany
November 30- December 8, €2600
Space Available

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Once in awhile, a space opens up. Check back often or email us to be placed on a waiting list.

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Past workshops: London, UK – Santa Cruz, CA – Addy, WA – Harvard, MA – Seattle, WA – Orcas Island, WA – Cape Charles, VA – Amherst, MA – Amesbury, MA – St. Michaels, MD – Portland, OR – McMinnville, OR – Berlin, Germany – Helsinki, Finland – Teton, ID – Missoula, MT – Homer, AK – Cumbria, UK … and the list keeps growing!

WHAT DOES A WORKSHOP LOOK LIKE?

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FISH 160408 SEAKAY 1103
Course Schedule

Workshops run 9 days: one full week plus a weekend. We build from 8:30am until 5pm most days. (Of course, some days we finish earlier and some days we run a little longer.) On the last day we take completed kayaks out to paddle on local water.

Advanced Woodworking and Traditional Craftsmanship

We cut and bend wood using mostly hand tools, creating complex mortice and tenon joints. We use steam to bend amazing curves into wood, even the elliptical kayak coamings (cockpit rings). We learn to sight and see the hull shape as it forms. We lash the pieces together without any metal, then sew the skins on in the traditional Greenlandic style.

Kayak Models

We offer 6 distinct kayak models, each designed for a specific range of kayaking interests and level of experience. Each participant chooses their own kayak model prior to the workshop. That is to say, at any given workshop 6 participants might be building 6 different boat models. Compare our models here.

Greenland Paddle Carving

Greenland paddles have been taking the kayaking world by storm, for a good reason—they are better for long distance paddling and nicer on your shoulders and arms! For many, paddle-making is their favorite part of the workshop. More info about Greenland Paddles.

Prep Days

We encourage students to help out during our two prep days before the workshop. We’ll show you how we pick and rip the lumber, as well as how to build the bending forms and deck beams. If you plan on building another boat after the workshop, what you learn during prep will be invaluable.

 

See how modern skin-on-frame kayaks are made: step-by-step.
Or check out these sneak peaks into our workshops:

Workshop Time-lapse | Old Rainier Brewery, Seattle

Suomenlinna Island, Helsinki | By: Henrik von Martens

HOW TO REGISTER FOR A WORKSHOP

Step 1, Register: To register for a workshop, email us with which workshop you’d like to attend. We will respond as soon as we can with course and registration details.

Step 2, Deposit: To secure your spot, a deposit for half the course tuition is due upon registration. The remaining amount is due on the first day of the workshop. For workshops in the United States, we accept check, cash, money order, or credit cards via Paypal (add 3%).

Non-US Workshops: for workshops outside of the United States, payment will be handled by your local organizer. Please see your registration email for details regarding payment.


Cancellation Policy

Deposits will be fully refunded for cancellations made 3 or more weeks prior to the start of the workshop. If you cannot attend the workshop, please let us know as soon as possible, as it takes time to fill empty spaces.
 
Deposits for registrations cancelled within 3 weeks of the workshop start date are non-refundable.
 
Workshops require a minimum of 5 participants to run. Workshops with insufficient registrations may be cancelled within one month of the start date. Because of this policy, we strongly recommend participants to purchase refundable airline tickets. In the event of a workshop cancellation, all deposits will be fully refunded.

WORKSHOP PARTICIPANT INFORMATION: TOOLS & LOGISTICS

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