Canoe Paddle Making - with Lizzie and Lina

Traditional Canoe Paddle Making


Days: Friday pm – Sunday pm (2 Nights)
Venue: Bodrari Woodland Skills Centre, The Warren, Mold Rd, Denbigh LL16 4DT Food & Accommodation: Fully catered and includes camping fees
Cost :£200 (£180 for paid up OCA members)


Make your own canoe paddle using traditional tools in a beautiful woodland setting. Lizzie and Lina 


The course is kindly hosted by Bodfari Woodland Skills Centre, but run independently by Lizzie Harrington and Lina Patel. Please do not contact the Bodfari Woodland Skills Centre about this course. Please send all correspondence to Lizzie Harrington or phone 07969 803646.




Friday afternoon arrive from 4pm onwards and set up camp. You can choose whether to camp in the woods near our expedition style base camp (composting toilets), or, a short walk away at the camping area next to the Woodland Skills Centre (flushing toilets and showers).


There will be a light supper on the Friday evening, introduction to the course and a chance to get to know the other participants.


After Breakfast we will cover the following -

History and context of the skills we will use and the items we will make. *Introduction to the Mocotaugan (crooked knife), axe and knife.

*Safe handling of edged t

Start to create a range of craft items such as a journeying tool roll filled with cam cooking items, shrink pots, a paddle or wannagan.
More crafting.                                                                       



Camp fire canoeing chat




After breakfast, continue crafting. Lunch in the woods.
Finish crafting session at 4pm Pack up camp and depart.



Evening meals are included.

Please bring breakfast and packed lunches.  


Throughout the weekend there will be a ‘brew box’ containing teas, coffee, hot chocolate and biscuits, and kettle over the fire.




Strictly no alcohol to be consumed whilst using edged tools. Participants might like to bring a few beers or a bottle of wine to enjoy with their dinner, or during the evening.


Toilets, showers and water:


Mains water is available at the centre and mains water is provided in clean jerry cans and is always available.


There is a composting toilet at the base camp (teaching and camp fire area) and flush toilets and shower at the Woodland Skills Centre, which is a short walk from our base camp.


Phone signal:


Most networks are able to pick up 4G at the site.




2 day workshop (arrive 19.30 on Friday and depart 16.00 on Sunday).


Minimum Age:


16, but must be accompanied by an adult.


Personal Insurance                                                                    

Whilst not essential, it is recommended that you have insurance to cover yourself and your possessions whilst on this course.




Outdoor clothing is essential for all of our courses. We recommend bringing old clothes for craft work.                       

A hat
A waterproof and windproof Jacket
Wool jumper or fleece top
Cargo/combat trousers are ideal; as they are strong, light and fast drying. Sturdy hiking boots are a must, as some of the terrain is steep and rocky. Work/gardening gloves.




Small day-sack
Sleeping bag, preferably 3 season
Self-inflating or closed-cell foam sleeping mat
Tent, Hammock or tarp & bivvy-bag
Torch and spare batteries
Small first aid kit, including plasters, blister kit, tweezers, foot powder and any personal medication
Wash kit and towel, preferably containing biodegradable soap Knife, fork and spoon Mug, bowl & plate
Water bottle
Notebook and pencils




You do not need to bring your own knives or any other cutting tools. However, if you would like to use your own tools, you are welcome to do so once they have been checked by an instructor.


You will have the use of suitable tools throughout the course.




£50 deposit and completed/returned booking form (last page of this document) secures your place on the course.