Don't miss out on your chance to build a skin-on-frame canoe. The last day to register is Wednesday, June 1, 2022.
Dates: June 17-19 & June 24-26, 2022, 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Instructor: Rich Cerruto
Class Size: 4
Instructor Rich Cerruto will lead this unique course on building skin-on-frame double paddle canoes. The canoe will be constructed with a wooden frame and a stretched with a nylon "skin". Each student will leave with a completed canoe ready for the water. These 28-pound canoes are strong and can hold up to 320 pounds. Easily car-topped, they are perfect for casual paddlers and beginning boatbuilders alike. Don't miss out on the opportunity to build your own beautiful functional canoe! The canoe is 30" wide, 10" deep, weights about 32 lbs. and carries 320 lbs. Rig it as a solo, a tandem with a carrying yoke, or as a solo/tandem. All materials required are provided, including pre-cut lumber, polyester cloth, stem bands and seats.
Solo/Tandem 13½’ Canoe Materials Kit - This class will use kits and plans designed by Hilary Russell, founder of the Berkshire Boat Building School and author of the book "Building Skin-on-Frame Double Paddle Canoes."
Joint Instruction - For an additional fee, students are welcomed to bring a second builder to the class. This is a great opportunity to learn and have fun together. Joint instruction must be accompanied with someone taking the full instruction and purchasing a kit.
General Public: $700
Material Fee: $800 (will be included at check out)
Joint Instruction Tuition: $500
Rich Cerruto is a retired engineer and IT executive who teaches skin-on-frame boat building and paddle carving. An other area of focus is oval Shaker Boxes. He served as president of the Northeastern Woodworkers Association and currently serves as vice-president of its Mid-Hudson chapter.
I started building light weight double paddle canoes when my 17 pound kevlar canoe began to feel too small. My first was a 13' by 28" beam skin-on-frame canoe. I loved the process. It was somehow freeing, relaxing. Since then I've taught people how to build these simple but elegant boats for twenty-five years. I still love seeing how proud people are after building a good looking, easy-to-use boat in just a few days. Many of these crafts have been used on lakes, ponds and rivers from Maine to Minnesota and down to Florida. And over the years, a number have appeared in the pages of WoodenBoat magazine. In the off season some lucky boats find their ways into homes where they rest on walls, and are sometimes hung from ceilings, to be enjoyed all winter.
-Hilary Russell, Director of Berkshire Boat Building School and Author of Building Skin-on-Frame Double Paddle Canoes
Want to build your own canoe with us this summer?
Over the course of two weekends, June 17-19 & June 24-26, Instructor Rich Cerruto will lead this unique course on building skin-on-frame double paddle canoes. The canoe will be constructed with a wooden frame and a stretched with a nylon "skin". Each student will leave with a completed canoe ready for the water. These 28-pound canoes are strong and can hold up to 320 pounds. Easily car-topped, they are perfect for casual paddlers and beginning boatbuilders alike. Don't miss out on the opportunity to build your own beautiful functional canoe! The canoe is 30" wide, 10" deep, weighs about 32 lbs. and carries 320 lbs. Rig it as a solo, a tandem with a carrying yoke, or as a solo/tandem. All materials required are provided, including pre-cut lumber, polyester cloth, stem bands and seats.
By Kate Gill
My husband Chris had been dreaming of building a boat for a few years now, but with kids, there’s just never time for such a big project. After having looked into different boat building courses throughout the Northeast, I finally stumbled upon your weekend family boat building course. Build a dinghy in just 2 days! This was such an amazing and memorable experience. We came with no knowledge of boat building, and some experience of wood working.
I was really surprised at how much time our instructor Wayne Ford spent teaching us techniques, and explaining the the process so we were able to think 2-3 steps ahead. I had gone in thinking this would be a sloppy rushed job, but wow was I wrong! We came away with a beautiful boat which we brag about to the other parents in town. Not many people can say they’ve built a boat! Looking forward to the spring when we’ll paint her and have a lil boat christening and launch party at the lake here.
Build Your Own Stand Up Paddle Board
Thinking of building your own boat? Try your hand at a stand-up paddle board! Built over two weekends, you'll end up with a beautiful wooden board you can use for years to come. But hurry! Registration deadline is Tuesday, March 15!
Dates: April 2 & 3, 9 & 10, 2022, 9:00AM-5:00PM
Deadline to Register: March 15
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