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Build Your Own Canoe

Build your own canoe at Maleny Wood Expo !

This year, under the tutelage of highly experienced canoe-builder Brian Jones, you and your crew will build a 3.6 m canoe from hoop pine. All materials are supplied (by the generous folk at Boatcraft Pacific ) and no experience is needed to enjoy this three-day workshop. It's designed to be a team effort, so get your boat-building buddies together for what promises to be a great experience. Your crew can be from two to five people with a minimum of one adult in each group. The minimum age for this activity is twelve and we really encourage kids to get involved. The workshop price of $550 per boat includes a three-day Maleny Wood Expo pass for each participant.


Brian Jones is a retired primary school teacher and currently part-time TAFE teacher who is passionate about building boats and getting out on the water, be it sailing, steaming or paddling. He has built dinghies, canoes, kayaks and stand up paddleboards with men’s groups, youth at risk, indigenous girls, and TAFE, Primary and High School students. He has built stitch and glue canoes with students in high schools, TAFE, the National Maritime Museum in Sydney, the Wooden Boat Festivals in Hobart and Rhyll (Phillip Island), and 63 at Camp Creative, bringing the number of these canoes afloat to nearly 170. He has also built boats for himself, including canoes and kayaks, sailing dinghies, a 7m steamboat, and a 1920’s design speedboat. His aim is to show as many people as possible how easy it is to get afloat in a craft they have built themselves.