Classes 2014 course introduction here

Welcome and thanks for considering building your own kayak.  Whether you are looking to race, surf, tour, fish, explore a traditional Inuit design, or just mess around on the local pond,  noone is as committed to custom fitting and personal detail as I am.  My goal is always to get you into a kayak that will match your lifestyle.   I build and teach a LOT of kayaks and I always have plenty of business so there is never any pressure to "sell" you anything.   Simply put, I love kayaks, and as much as I love building them, I am always a paddler first, and you will always get the straight story when it comes to choosing a kayak for your needs.

A skin-on-frame kayak is super lightweight, surprisingly tough, easy to build, and easy on the wallet.   A week on the Oregon coast at my workshop adjacent to my off-grid organic farm is a vacation you'll remember every time you lift your kayak off the car with one hand.   The Manzanita area is one of the most beautiful places in America. While you're here I'll share my knowledge of this spectacular area, as well as give you a tour and a potluck dinner on my farm, sometimes with fresh, kayak-caught salmon and crab!  I look forward to sharing the magic of this very special place while we work together to build a kayak you're sure to fall in love with.

Brian Schulz
teacher, builder, surfer

Need help figuring out which kayak you need, read this: Choosing a kayak

Kayaks to choose from are:
the F1
the L.P.B.
West Greenland kayak
East Greenland Kayak

Spaces left in class

Otis,  OR   Westwind retreat center 
February 9-15
Port Townsend,  WA   Northwest Maritime Center March 2-8
Portland, OR  Shop People Shop March 23-29 1
April 20-26
May 18-24
June 15-21
July 13-19
August 10-16
September 21-27
Delmarva Paddlers Retreat,  Lewes,  Delaware
October 4-10
Savannah Canoe and Kayak,  Savannah, Georgia
October 25-31
Class prices:

All classes at my shop cost $1400

The Westwind class costs $2400 and includes lodging and meals at their scenic location at the mouth of the Salmon River.

The Northwest Maritime Center class costs $1550,  and is held in thier gorgeous wooden boat shop on the Port Townsend waterfront.

The Shop People shop class costs $1500,  taught in thier underground labyrinth of artists and craftspeople. 

The Delmarva class costs $1900 and includes lodging and a few meals.   Retreat cost is a few hundred more.

The Savannah Canoe and Kayak class costs $1900

How to Register, How to pay:

To sign up for a class send me an email in the following format:

Jane Doe
April 1-7 class,  May 2-8 (second choice)
160 lbs
height 5'7"
waist 33"
inseam 32"
I would like to build an F1  (it's ok to say undecided)

Below that feel free to ask any questions, add comments, and let me know if you'd like to order any gear IN ADDITION to a sprayskirt, backband, and flotation (I order all that stuff for everyone, it's your choice to buy it or not).   If you plan to camp on site or would like to rent the Japanese Forest House,  let me know.

ONCE I CONFIRM your place in the class send a deposit of 50% the cost of the class.

For the obvious reasons I also take cash payment and if you would like to pay the remainder in cash I'm happy to discount the class price by $50

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