Build Your Own Canoe

Two weekends: Saturday & Sunday, June 21-22 and June 28-29, 9 am-4 pm

A two-weekend boat build with All Hands BoatWorks

six-hour canoe illustration
Six-Hour Canoe

Peace Canoe

Two weekends: Saturday & Sunday, June 21-22 and June 28-29, 9 am-4 pm

Fee: Six-Hour Canoe: $550/$499 members. Peace Canoe: $899/$835 members
This is the fee for a team of two, and you keep the boat you make. Fees include all lumber, glues, fastenings, and a clear coat sealer. Tools will also be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own. Participants will provide their own paints/varnish (to be finished at home) and oars.

Registration: Registration for this workshop is now closed. For further information about All Hands Boatworks workshops, contact Bill Nimke at

Have you ever dreamed of building your own boat, but didn’t know where to start? Have you ever wished that you could build something with your partner, child or grandchild that would make a lasting memory? All Hands Boatworks is excited to be back at Lynden for another family boatbuilding workshop. This time, we're offering participating teams a choice of boats to build: the 18-foot Peace Canoe or the 15-foot Six-Hour Canoe.

Model Length Beam Hull wgt. Payload
Peace Canoe 18' 44" 100 lbs. 600 lbs.
Six-Hour Canoe 15' 3" 31 1/2" 70 lbs. 225 lbs.

Both canoes are well-suited to first-time builders. Both have elegant lines, but each one has its distinct features. The Peace Canoe is a durable workhorse; according to its designer: “with a payload of 600 pounds, it will easily absorb a family of five and a hearty picnic lunch.” The Six-Hour Canoe is a light-paddling craft, easily carried atop a vehicle, and well-suited for solo outings on lazy waters.

Enroll in this introduction to boatbuilding workshop and learn new craft skills as you and your teammate build a handsome plywood canoe. The workshop will be led by expert instructors from All Hands BoatWorks, and we’ll use common tools and materials and discover a new uncommon language as we cut and assemble the frames, gussets, gunwales, and chines. In just two weekends, you will build your very own boat and memories that will last for years to come. No previous experience necessary.

About All Hands BoatWorks

All Hands BoatWorks is a Milwaukee nonprofit organization that uses wooden boatbuilding as a means to support positive youth development, education, and workforce preparation.

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