Boats & Paddles

Paddle Making

Caleb Davis

Come and create your own willow leaf shaped, traditional cherry wood canoe paddle or make a native double kayak/sit in the bottom canoe paddle. After some history and an explanation of the shapes, you will pick your blank and get started using only hand tools to create your paddle! The process will be demonstrated from beginning to end to ensure that you come away with a perfect paddle. Two different adult sizes will be available for all paddles. For further details on the paddles you will be making, refer to the instructor's website at This one-day class will give you a sense of accomplishment as you complete a paddle that will accompany you on the water.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $180
         Non-members: $200
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Students will need to contact AFS at the time of registration and tell which type of paddle they wish to make. All materials are provided. Material fees are included in price of tuition. Due to time constraints students are encouraged to bring their own lunch.


1574-0607 This offering has already met      Sun June 7, 2020 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

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      Sat August 1, 2020 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Build a Wee Lassie Canoe

Larry Benjamin

The original Wee Lassie was a lapstrake-built open cedar canoe made in 1863 by J. Henry Rushton, of Canton, NY. Rushton was one of the most famous canoe builders of his era. George Washington Sears, who wrote of his adventures under his pen name of Nessmuk as he recorded his paddling adventures throughout the Adirondacks, popularized these small, finely crafted canoes. Come spend 11 wonderful days with master instructor Larry Benjamin building your own Wee Lassie. You will be guided through every step of the building process. Leave with a beautiful, lightweight canoe that handles well in the water. Open to all level of student.

  • Location: Lake Luzerne Music Camp, Lake Luzerne
  • Tuition:
         Members: $1100
         Non-members: $1150
  • Materials: $900
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $2000 (members)         $2050 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 11 Days

NOTE: Contact the Folk School for the location. 518-696-2400.


1701-0803    This session has been cancelled

      Mon August 3, 2020 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
      Tue August 4, 2020 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
      Wed August 5, 2020 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
      Thu August 6, 2020 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
      Fri August 7, 2020 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
      Mon August 10, 2020 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
      Tue August 11, 2020 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
      Wed August 12, 2020 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
      Thu August 13, 2020 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
      Fri August 14, 2020 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
      Sat August 15, 2020 8:30 am - 5:30 pm