Paddle making with Colin Henwood

16/17th October 2021

During this two-day course, led by award-winning boat builder Colin Henwood, you will learn how to shape a single canoe paddle from home-grown Ash using a variety of razor-sharp hand tools.

  • Make your own canoe paddle at the Sylva Wood Centre, working with ash – Britain's superior native hardwood.

  • Using traditional skills and tools you will produce a complex shape with hand and eye. Learn how to finish your smooth and elegant design.

  • Take home a unique and useable canoe paddle ready for a varnish or an oil finish.

  • Tools and materials included.

  • The course will be held in our purpose-built Teaching Barn.

No previous woodworking experience necessary. Please wear clothes that you don't mind getting covered in wood shavings! Please bring your our own packed lunch.

Cost: £225 - 6 places available

Age: 18+

Venue: Sylva Wood Centre, Oxfordshire, OX14 4QT

Tutor: Colin Henwood -


Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th October 2021

9:00 AM through 5:00 PM


Sylva Wood Centre
Little Wittenham Rd
Long Wittenham
OX14 4QT


Phone: 01865 408018