Summer Youth: Make a Wooden SUP Paddle (Ages 12-16)

Woodworking, Youth

Summer Youth: Make a Wooden SUP Paddle (Ages 12-16)

Make a stand-up paddle that's strong but lightweight and customized for your height.

Tuition Assistance and Other Policies

Meeting Times
  1. Mon, 8/5/2024 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  2. Tue, 8/6/2024 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  3. Wed, 8/7/2024 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  4. Thur, 8/8/2024 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Mon, 8/5/2024 - Thur, 8/8/2024


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Youth Class, Class, Youth Ages 12-14, Youth Ages 14-16, Summer Youth

Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio

Boatbuilding, General Woodworking


Learn a construction method pioneered by boat builders in need of strong masts for sailboats. The shaft of your stand-up paddleboard paddle will consist of eight thin pieces connected using interlocking "birdsmouth" joinery, which leaves the center of the shaft hollow to reduce weight but takes advantage of the strength in vertical wood grain. After you cut, glue up, and do final shaping of your paddle, you'll coat it with fiberglass and epoxy, and then with marine varnish to make it waterproof and durable.

Day 1: Discuss design, determine best length. Cut and glue the shaft, blade, and handle parts.

Day 2: Use a block plane to round over the outside of the shaft, and calipers to ensure an even thickness. Use a bandsaw and sander to shape the paddle. Mark and cut the connection between the blade and the shaft, and glue them together.

Day 3: Apply fiberglass and epoxy to the blade. Shape and fine-tune the handle.

Day 4: Apply fiberglass to the shaft, and epoxy the handle. Discuss marine varnishes.

Note: The epoxy must cure for several days before you apply marine varnish. The class will meet again at 1 PM on Sunday, Aug. 11, so you can apply a first coat of marine varnish and learn techniques to help ensure an even coat. You'll go home with a small container of varnish so you can apply additional coats on your own. If you can't attend the Aug. 11 session, you'll get written information and a small amount of marine varnish to apply on your own.


  • Ages 12-16.
  • Skill level: Beginner.
  • You must wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry.
  • We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.
  • Bring water and a snack.
  • Registration closes Monday, July 29.

Registering Youth

  • New registrants: When you register, select Others Only in the "Who Are You Registering?" section. On the next page, Add New Registrant. Create an account for your youth.
  • Next time you register: You will be able to Search Registrants to select your youth.
  • You may register your youth for an optional supervised lunch hour from noon-1 pm for the duration of this activity.
  • Make sure to fill out your youth's emergency contact information and other details when creating their account.
  • Questions? Email


A $25 materials fee, included in the class price, covers everything you will need.

BARN Policies

  • View BARN's Cancellation and Refund Policy.
  • Tuition Assistance is available. Fill out the application before registering.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. We try to make accommodations when requested; the earlier you contact us, the more likely we can help. Please email to find out more or request an accommodation.
  • Sensory Statement: Makerspaces like BARN can be noisy and cluttered, smell strongly, and have bright or flickering lights.

Instructors or Guides

Wayne Chang

Wayne spent three decades in the restaurant industry with a family restaurant and his own restaurant, as well as consulting with sustainable seafood and other related businesses. Since moving to Bainbridge Island, he's spent most of his time remodeling homes and vans, as well as spending too much time in the Woodworking Studio at BARN.

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