If you can tie your shoelaces (thread a plastic cable tie), ice a cake (spread some glue), and hold a cordless drill, then you can build this canoe.

*Early Bird* Adults: $396.00*, Under 18: $242.00*

* Prices include GST

  • Age: 12+
  • Skill Level: Everyone
  • Status: Available.
  • Campus: Bellingen Public School
  • Situated on the corner of Lovell  & William streets, Bellingen
  • Only 5 minutes walk away from great cafes with special takeaway deals. Check out the Purple Carrot and The Little Red Kitchen
  • There is plenty of street parking around the school.
  • A bus provides transport between the Primary school and the High School at the beginning and end of the day plus the lunchtime break.
Build A Canoe

Finished craft can be given a trial run on the Bellinger River on the last day. Some builders choose to do some painting of their canoes at the course, but most take them home for final sanding and painting.

The canoe is also available as a 3.6m (12ft) model for those wanting something smaller. This size (crimson painted canoe in photos) will easily handle an 85kg adult and a very exuberant 25kg dog – I speak from experience! As this is not the standard size, anyone wanting a 3.6m version will need to let me know a month before Camp Creative. Same cost because the same number of plywood sheets are required, but the offcuts are large enough for a deck on your canoe.  For further photos go to my Facebook page ‘Canoes on Amaroo’, or for any questions, problems with equipment, or further information, please email Brian at briantina@aapt.net.au

As Ratty said to Mole in Kenneth Grahame’s ‘The Wind in the Willows’… “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing… as messing about in boats.”

 

 

Course Requirements

Equipment- Course Requirements

Essential

Sense of humour! (Canoe builders laugh a lot!)

Cordless drill with 4mm drill bit and Phillips Head driver. Don’t forget the charger!

Pair of pliers for tightening cable ties.

Pair of saw horses or folding work benches. 

Old clothes and closed in shoes- no thongs or sandals.

Helpful 

Wood plane and several grades of sandpaper for smoothing timber.

Hand saw, hammer, chisel, woodworking clamps, and any general woodworking tools.

Countersink drill bit.

Plastic gloves to avoid glue on hands.

Canoe seat. Plastic chair minus legs (Council clean-ups are good), check out ‘simple canoe/kayak seats’ on Google Images for ideas, or try eBay for around $50.00. Seats are not provided, and aren’t necessary if you want to test your finished canoe in the Bellinger River.

The canoe is also available as a 3.6m (12ft) model for those wanting something smaller. This size (crimson painted canoe in photos below) will easily handle an 85kg adult and a very exuberant 25kg dog- I speak from experience! As this is not the standard size, anyone wanting a 3.6m version will need to let me know a month before Camp Creative. Same cost because the same number of plywood sheets are required, but the offcuts are large enough for a deck on your canoe.  For further photos go to my Facebook page ‘Canoes on Amaroo’, or for any questions, problems with equipment, or further information, please email Brian at briantina@aapt.net.au
 

Material Costs

$250.00 for all materials to make one canoe  (Does not include seat, paint or paddle.)   

If you wish to bring your own 1.8m x 30mm Tassie Oak dowel (about $20.00 from Bunnings) or similar to the course, we will provide the ply paddle blades and glue for you to make your own paddle.

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Tutor

Brian Jones

Brian  Jones

Brian is a retired primary school teacher and currently part-time TAFE teacher who is passionate about building boats and getting out on the water, be it sailing, steaming or paddling. He has built dinghies, canoes, kayaks and stand up paddleboards with men’s groups, youth at risk, indigenous girls, and TAFE, Primary and High School students. He has seen the tremendous sense of pride and self-worth that building their own craft has brought to them – for many students it has been their first success. He has built stitch and glue canoes with students in high schools, TAFE, the National Maritime Museum in Sydney, the Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart, and at Camp Creative, bringing the number of these canoes afloat to nearly 130. He has also built boats for himself, including sailing dinghies, a 7m steamboat, and a 1920s design speedboat. His aim is to show as many people as possible how easy it is to get afloat in a craft they have built themselves.

As Ratty said to Mole in Kenneth Grahame’s ‘The Wind in the Willows’… “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing… as messing about in boats.”

 

  • Age: 12+
  • Skill Level: Everyone
  • Status: Available.
  • Campus: Bellingen Public School
  • Situated on the corner of Lovell  & William streets, Bellingen
  • Only 5 minutes walk away from great cafes with special takeaway deals. Check out the Purple Carrot and The Little Red Kitchen
  • There is plenty of street parking around the school.
  • A bus provides transport between the Primary school and the High School at the beginning and end of the day plus the lunchtime break.

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