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1-Day Paddle Making Class

Sunday July 7, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Friday, August 11, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Caleb Davis
$125 for ADKX members; $135 for non-members

Make your own traditional cherry paddle in a one-day workshop.  Led by craftsman Caleb Davis, workshop participants will use hand-tools to make their own paddle.  Choose from a single or double blade cherry paddle.  Participants will leave with a shaped paddle; finishing to be completed at home.

Please note this is a physically demanding workshop.

Caleb was an athletic director and taught full-time while developing Tremolo part-time. He has hand-crafted well over 2,000 cherry and black walnut cruising paddles. He has been certified as a paddling instructor both in Canada and the United States. Each of his paddles takes seven to eight hours to craft by hand. He truly enjoys the process and the required patience it takes to complete a paddle. Each paddle has a bit of him in it. Many people ask why he makes narrow, long-bladed, one-piece wooden paddles when wider ones (also synthetic or glued) are currently so popular with paddle manufacturers. After more than 50 years on the water and having tested a myriad of paddle shapes and materials, he strongly believes that the longer, narrower one-piece wooden blades not only provide the same cruising speed as the currently favored wider, shorter blades, but are more versatile, less stressful on the body and provide a better feel for the water. It is these qualities, as well as the unrivaled beauty of traditional wooden paddles that has given him a passion for this style and for sharing it with other paddlers both in sales, paddle-making classes and canoeing skills classes.

To register, please call 518-352-7311 ext 128 or ext 185.

A minimum number of students is required to hold this class.  Museum staff will notify any registered participants one week prior to workshop if the class is cancelled.

Payment is due upon registration. Payment can be made with a credit card. Class space will not be reserved without full payment. Please be aware that classes require a minimum number of students and are subject to cancellation due to insufficient registration.
To cancel your registration, please notify the Adirondack Experience at least 10 days prior to the workshop. With 10 day notice, we will refund your payment minus a $50 fee.
No refunds will be issued for cancellations made with less than 10 days’ notice prior to the start of the class or workshop. If you register for a class or workshop within the 10-day period before a workshop, you will not receive a refund for the
There is a minimum number of participants required for all workshops. Registrants will be notified five days prior to your workshop if it is cancelled, as a result of not meeting the minimum number of registrants. Participants will receive a full refund if workshop is cancelled due to lack of participants. Some workshops have a maximum class size.
Lunch breaks provided; please enjoy lunch at the Lake View Café or bring your own lunch.
Some workshops will be held outdoors; please be prepared for bugs and weather.
Some workshops are physically demanding.
Some workshops require the use of hand tools and/or power tools which children will not be allowed to use.