Hazelwood boats are built by hand, with a frame made of hazelwood or willow rods and/or milled wood. A leather skin, or a canvas or nylon skin which is colored and waterproofed, covers the frame to make a lightweight, durable and highly functional canoe, kayak or currach.
I work with schools, community organizations and individuals to teach them the art of Hazelwood boat building. We start from scratch, with an original design, and progress to a finished highly functional boat. I teach out of my home as well as travel to teach and build.
Since around 2008, I have built numerous canoes, kayaks and currachs (designed to replicate ancient Irish fishing boats). My boats are frequently used on a variety of waterways in Oregon. I continue to learn more about skin-on-frame boat construction each year.
In spring 2016, I supervised construction of a 15-foot-long skin-on-frame Irish Currach hybrid with P:ear (Project: Education, Art and Recreation), a mentoring organization for homeless youth. The currach sold at auction to support P:ear that year.
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