Building Your Own Fox Decked Canoe

June 28, 2020 – July 11, 2020

Bill Thomas

In this workshop students will construct their own fox canoe using stitch-and-glue with planks glued to length so the boat can be fully assembled during class with the paint and varnish to be completed at home. The fox canoe is a decked double paddle canoe that is paddled like a kayak with a more open cockpit. The canoe (a 14′ 7″ long, 30″ beam, and 80″ cockpit weighing just over 40 pounds) is intended for exploring protected waters along the coast, lakes, backwaters and creeks. Each participant will leave class with their own boat and a deeper understanding of boat construction. Please note that the boat kit and materials fee is $1,485 to $1,585. No boat building experience needed. Open to all skill levels.


Bill Thomas is a designer, maker and teacher who lives and works in rural Maine. He has been a self-employed, and largely self-taught, custom woodworker, cabinetmaker and boatbuilder for nearly 40 years. Being an avid sea kayaker and boater, he designs kayaks, canoes and other small boats. Thomas teaches woodworking and boatbuilding in his own shop, at the WoodenBoat School, Arrowmont and in other venues across the U.S.

Bill Thomas

In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

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  • hard copy paper catalog online catalog or course description

Registration Fees

There will be a one-time $50 non-refundable registration fee which enables you to register for as many workshops as you like during 2020. All cancellations must be made in writing by mail, fax or email (no phone calls please).

A cancellation fee of $100 will be charged on cancellations received more than 45 days prior to the start of your workshop. Cancellations received 45 days or less prior to the beginning of the workshop receive no refund of deposit.


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