Welcome to The Folk School of Fairbanks

Click to view map
When:
April 8, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
2017-04-08T10:00:00-08:00
2017-04-08T16:00:00-08:00
Where:
The Folk School
2861 Beverly Lane
Fairbanks, AK 99709
USA
Cost:
$66 (members), $99 (non-members) (plus cost of kit)
Contact:
Bruce Campbell
907-488-1667

Build Your Own Pack Raft from a Kit – CLASS FULL

Instructor: Bruce Campbell

Build your own lightweight pack raft that you order from a DIY Pack Raft Kit!

Pack rafting has become very popular. Light, easy to use, they allow one to get out on rivers and lakes not normally accessed. The expense of a pack raft is largely the cost of labor to hand assemble the craft. Fortunately, if you can use an iron, you can order a kit and assemble your own from material just like the best pack raft (and save up to 80% of the cost).

Pack rafts are made out of modern lightweight polyurethane-coated nylon fabric. The coating on one side is heat activated, meaning a household iron can melt the coating and bond two pieces of fabric together. A household iron is too big for the narrow seams in a packraft, so to build your raft you must also order a Clover Heat Sealing iron through Amazon for about $25. Add to this a kit for $129 to $195, plus a zipper for $55, seam sealant, and other accessories you might choose, add a number of hours assembling it yourself, and you have an affordable pack raft.

This one day workshop will get you off and started in your build of the packraft. We will practice on scrap fabric so you become familiar with the heat and pressure needed with your iron. You will identify and get rid of bubbles. Instructor will demonstrate the simple flat seam, and the more complicated curved seams forming the raft tubes. You will lay out your raft parts, and start assembling. The goal is to complete enough of the raft that you are comfortable taking it home and finishing it on your own.

Materials needed: Participants order their own raft kit from: http://www.diypackraft.com/, plus seam sealer (aquaseal) and any other parts you need. You will also need to order your own Clover mini Iron adapter through Amazon.com.

Recommendations: Standard weight raft is better for rivers and general use. Add a double floor and a zipper. Order seam sealer, aquaseal, and any other parts you need. A seat is a great first practice task.

Please order your raft and iron well before the class! (By March 12th at the very latest.)

Please also review the DIY website videos illustrating how to build the raft.

Participants should bring to the workshop:

  • your raft kit,
  • your Clover seam sealing iron,
  • small mixing bowl,
  • parchment paper,
  • roll of tape,
  • flashlight, and,
  • a home iron if you ordered a double floor.

Instructor will provide wooden ironing surfaces, extra scrap fabric and a partially finished raft to watch and learn from.

Click here for a pdf version of DIYpackraft’s instructions and photos. It would be helpful to review these instructions before the workshop and you may also want to print them out and bring them along.

(Note: Spray skirts and thigh braces are too complex for this introductory workshop. Discuss them with Fairbanks Paddlers, including John Schauer or Luc Mel, at the Hamme Pool paddling sessions.)

Date of the class: Saturday, April 8, 2017

Time of the class: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Maximum number of students: 8

Minimum number of students: 4

Age range: 16 and up (12 to 15 with parent or permission of instructor)

Prerequisites:  none

Location: The Folk School

Cost: $66 (members); $99 (non-members)

Materials cost: Participants must order their own raft kit from: www.diypackraft.com (along with seam sealer – aquaseal – and any other parts you need), as well as a Clover seam sealing iron from Amazon.com.

Pre-Registration: This class is pre-registration only. Please register by March 12th (to ensure you can order and receive your pack raft kit before the class begins). Registration will be closed after this time.

To Register: Please fill out the Class Registration Form below and click on the “Submit” button. This will take you to the Payment page, where you can complete your registration through PayPal (or you may send a check by mail).


Class is full, please contact the instructor at brucecanoe@gmail.com if you are interested in another session of this class at a later date.


Are you interested in this class, but can’t take it? Tell us why!

 

Print Friendly
Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Follow Us

Facebooktwitterinstagram

Upcoming Events

May
1
Mon
9:00 am Principles of Woodworking
Principles of Woodworking
May 1 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Principles of Woodworking @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Principles of Woodworking – ongoing class Instructor: John Manthei This is an ongoing program in which we explore all aspects of woodworking from the most elementary to extremely complex. The idea is to try out[...]
May
2
Tue
5:30 pm Carpentry Basics
Carpentry Basics
May 2 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Carpentry Basics @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Carpentry Basics (8 session course) Instructors: John Manthei & David Costello Almost everyone, at some point in their life, needs to build a small building of some kind. It is a fun, practical and rewarding[...]
May
4
Thu
6:00 pm Principles of Woodworking
Principles of Woodworking
May 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Principles of Woodworking @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Principles of Woodworking – ongoing class Instructor: John Manthei This is an ongoing program in which we explore all aspects of woodworking from the most elementary to extremely complex. The idea is to try out[...]
May
6
Sat
10:00 am Chainsaw Sharpening and Maintenance
Chainsaw Sharpening and Maintenance
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Chainsaw Sharpening and Maintenance @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Chainsaw Sharpening and Maintenance Instructor: Brian Sprague This 2 hour session will provide a brief introduction to the essential anatomy and mechanical relationships of a chainsaw and quickly move into a discussion of the high[...]
11:00 am Introduction to Natural Soap Making
Introduction to Natural Soap Making
May 6 @ 11:00 am – 2:30 pm
Introduction to Natural Soap Making @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Introduction to Natural Soap Making Instructor: Lidiia Olszowy                       Learn to make soap from scratch with us! This class will give you a simple introduction[...]
2:00 pm Tree Felling and Firewood
Tree Felling and Firewood
May 6 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Tree Felling and Firewood @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Tree Felling and Firewood (2 session course) Instructor: Brian Sprague This is a two session class with the first, classroom-based, session at The Folk School. The second session will be held at a field location[...]