Paddle Making Workshop

September 26, 2020

October 3, 2020


Fort Gibraltar, 866 Rue Saint Joseph, Winnipeg

Events Description

Mark Blieske is a retired Industrial Arts / Outdoor Ed. Teacher with 43 years experience. Mark has blended his passion for Canoeing, Woodworking and Teaching into a retirement teaching endeavour with a non-profit organization known as Paddles Across Canada (PAC). PAC has the mandate of helping inner city, First Nations, Metis and other interested kids, get in touch with Canadian roots through the carving of a paddle. Mark has completed a year long project called “52 Paddles”. During 2019 Mark made one paddle a week for 52 weeks. Each paddle is a reflection of design, function and creativity, with a strong connection to First Nations Heritage. Mark makes custom paddles for canoeists across North America. You can check out Mark’s work on Facebook – Sunset Paddles

Participants will be carving their own paddle under the guidance of Mark Blieske. Mark will teach how to safely use the hand tools and sanders necessary to make a paddle. All materials and tools will be provided. Each participant will make a Voyageur Otter Tail (Algonquin) style paddle that will be ready to varnish at the end of the course. (the varnishing will be done by the student at their home, varnish to be provided by the student). The paddle blanks will be roughed out by Mark, so they are ready to be carved. Mark has taught over a 1000 students how to make paddles, and has developed techniques of work and methods of teaching that makes success guaranteed. You can see him in action at


Who is it for?


Tickets: $300 (including the paddle!)

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Date & Time:

Saturday, September 26, 2020 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM & Saturday, October 3, 2020 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Venue: Fort Gibraltar, 866 Rue Saint Joseph, Winnipeg

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