North House Folk School’s Wooden Boat Show 2016

Restored Peterborough canoe

Each year on the summer solstice weekend, the North House Folk School in Grand Marais puts on its annual Wooden Boat Show. The 2017 dates are June 16-18, 2017. The event not only is a gathering of handcrafted canoes, kayaks and other boats, but a festival weekend full of classes, workshops, talks, slideshows and more. It’s a fun weekend and if you love wooden canoe and kayaks, you should put it on your calendar as an event to attend. It also features a wooden boat auction. I let a wooden canoe go that I would have loved to restore this year, because I don’t have the space on my project list to add another project at this time. While I didn’t get a chance to do as much as I usually like at the Wooden Boat Show this year, I did take some time to photograph the wooden canoes and kayaks. It was a big display this year with lots of fun boats.

If you want to learn how to build a canoe, the best resource in Ted Moore’s Canoecraft. If you want to build a kayak, the best resource is Nick Shade’s The Strip-Built Sea Kayak.

Here’s a sample of the shots that I got.


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