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Wooden Boat Building –
St. Croix River Drift Boat


Date & Time: October 6, 2018 @ 10:00 am - October 7, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

Class Fee: $170

Materials Fee: $80
Covers cost of materials for this class. Bring and pay directly to instructor.

Skill Level: No experience necessary

Hand-craft a wooden boat and head out on the St. Croix River or your local lake to drift and fish, or drift and watch bald eagles, or just drift.  Working with a team of 2-4 students you’ll assemble and fit a 12-foot drift boat/skiff, based on the designs of St. Croix work boats used from the lumber era.  This simple yet graceful tender-style skiff will be suitable for one person and can be paddled or rowed from a seated or kneeling position.  The boat would also be beautiful hung from a cabin ceiling or displayed in your favorite room.  Students will gain confidence in the use of common woodworking tools, hand planing, drilling, cold bending and use of marine adhesives.  The class will include some cutting and assembly of pre-cut elements.  The final product will be ready for finishing (paint or clear coat) outside of class.  Each student interested in taking home one of the boats completed by a team will participate in a raffle drawing at the end of the class.

Date/Time Details:

This is a 2 day class and will take place from 10am-5pm both Saturday (10/6) and Sunday (10/7).

Location Details:

Class will be held offsite in Marine on St Croix. Address to be provided 1 week prior to class.

Students should bring:

  • Protective Eyewear
  • Work Gloves
  • Dress for Outdoor Classroom


  • Work Apron
  • Cordless Driver

Instructor will provide:

  • All wood parts
  • Hand tools
  • Sanding and finishing material

General Age Policy:
All classes are for adults (18+) unless otherwise noted.

Class Minimums:
Be aware we may cancel 5 days before class date if a minimum number of registrations not reached. We work to balance teachers' need to plan for a class with students' busy schedules -- not an easy task. Please register as early as possible!

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