Wood Carving: Canoe Paddle, Bowl & Spoon

Posted Aug. 28, 2012, at 4:54 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 1, 1970 12 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Location: Cobscook Community Learning Center, 10 Commissary Point Rd, Trescott, ME

For more information: Carrie Callahan; 207-733-2233;

Wood Carving: Canoe Paddle, Bowl & Spoon: Canoe paddles will be carved from local in this workshop, in either Traditional Otter or Beaver Tail design. Participants will start with a 1” X 6” x 6’ spruce blank, sawn to shape, to work with. The blanks will be further shaped using planes and rasps or axes for those more skilled. Once complete the paddle will be ready for decorating using wood burners and other decorative techniques. Paddles will be finished with the application of a violin maker’s traditional finish of linseed oil, varnish and paint thinner.

In parallel, other students in this woodworking class will create a handmade wooden spoon or bowl using various hand-tools and one of Nature’s most beautiful pieces of burled wood; recycling at its purest. Please find and bring a burl from dead wood source.

Both of these classes are an excellent opportunity for adults and kids to enjoy this learning & creative experience together!

Instructor: Raymond Reitze (

Saturday , October 13, 9 am – 5 pm, Class fee: $64, Materials fee: $20 for canoe paddle; $10 for bowl or spoon