Build your own canoe on the shore of a lake! Carve a custom paddle on a riverbank with your friends and family. We offer unique experiences at inspired locations: parks, public land, vacation rentals, art communities, breweries, and camps. See our upcoming classes or schedule a private class at your location.
Open custom-built carriage doors to your garage! Enjoy drinks with friends under the roof of your timber-framed pavilion. If you can dream it, we can probably build it. Partner with us to design and build functional, lasting objects that bring you joy.
Our most recent design-build project featuring beautiful white oak treads from a tree harvested from the owner's land.
Our first destination craft class! A small group camped out on the shore of the St. Croix for two nights, and each participant left on Sunday with a hand-carved cherry paddle for their next adventure.
Our customer, a skilled woodworker in his own right, partnered with us to build a 13-foot lapstrake skiff from cedar, oak, and mahogany.
The first boat Phil ever built was a scale model of Athenian Trireme. Under its decks, he pasted his favorite passages of Homer's Odyssey, cut out of a weathered copy from a used bookstore. Wooden boatbuilding, adventure, and good storytelling have been central themes in his life for over 25 years.
He had the good fortune to learn from some masters of lapstrake construction, including Geoff Burke and Ray Speck. He has taught wooden boatbuilding in various forms since 2000, and enjoys the transformative impact that it has on students.
Maria’s path has been anything but straightforward. Born in Russia, she left her Building’s Restoration program in Moscow for an Architecture degree in Los Angeles. Many roads were traveled since then, across the country and outside of it, but she finally settled in Minneapolis. While in school she spent many sleepless nights at her desk working on projects and strengthening her language skills. But her favorite place to spend time was in the fabrication lab, a special venue for realizing the visions she had for her design work. She enjoys building scale models, concrete casts, shaker boxes, and experimenting with various media to create unique items to high aesthetic standards.
We dream about someday operating out of a bigger space. But for now, we are cozy, functional, streamlined, and inspired in our workshop. It is an oasis of creativity where we build boats, mortise timbers, and mill lumber. Music and hot beverages are almost always present.
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