Canoe Building Workshops

We’re Yukan and we run canoe-building workshops from our bespoke premises just off Regent’s Canal in Hackney.

Our weekend-long workshops cater for all ages and abilities. by the end of day two, you’ll be the proud owner of a beautiful, handcrafted Canadian-style canoe to cherish forever. What’s not to love about that?

Workshops are designed with a single builder in mind. However, canoes can easily be constructed by two people sharing the work, fun and sense of achievement. We look forward to welcoming you to your Yukan canoe-building workshop soon.

Our Prices

Workshops run from Saturday to Sunday between 09.00 and 16:30 with an hour for lunch.

This gives you the opportunity to venture out and enjoy the delicious food on offer at Broadway Market or take a stroll along the picturesque Regent’s Canal or London Fields Park.


After a brief induction you will be introduced to the basic tools, you’ll be using such as drill, clamps, rasps and planes. The workshop is suitable for anyone eager to learn, and we will progress at the speed of an attentive novice. However, if your skills are more advanced, one of our master instructors will show you the ropes and get you building faster. The aim is to have your canoe frame fully constructed by the close of day one. We then seal and fill the seams with resin and leave them to set overnight.


The second day begins over a brew when you’ll be given guidance on completing the next stage of your custom canoe build. Our Sunday morning playlist is accompanied by the sound of hand tools, as the workshop floor gradually gets covered with sawdust and wood shavings. Each canoe will be sculpted into its final unique shape that will define how your canoe performs over its lifetime. After lunch it’s time to decorate and customise your canoe. By the end of the day your personalised canoe will be ready to take home.


Find out about our friendly team running the workshops...

Andy Blue

Andy Blue

Born and bred in Hackney. Andy is training to be a marine surveyor and also works repairing and skippering narrow boats and barges. Andy is a qualified British Canoeing Instructor and regularly runs expeditions in the UK and abroad. He has just returned from a 48-hour non-stop canal boat delivery to Wembley!

Jonjo Reynolds

Jonjo Reynolds

Born and bred in Hackney. Jonjo knows the Regent's Canal like the back of his self-made paddle. Jonjo is a qualified British Canoeing Instructor as well as a sailing, climbing and swimming instructor and an aspiring latte artist.

Burt Reynolds

Burt Reynolds
(no relation)

Burt loves a good canoe expedition and keeping the Yukan Workshop running smoothly.

Trainee Instructors

(Trainee Instructors)

Yukan is looking for trainee instructors. No previous canoe building experience required but the right candidate will be good with people and their hands.

Q. What did you get up to at the weekend?
A. I built my own canoe in Hackney.

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Our Prices

Weekend workshops cost £595


Everything you need to build your canoe, including tools and equipment


Hands-on guidance from our master canoe builders


Tea, damn fine coffee and the occasional biscuit or energy boost


Your very own
Canadian-style canoe to take home



Canoeing is a wonderful way to exercise, and inner-city canoeing is a unique opportunity to explore from a whole new angle. Our workshop is located alongside Regent’s Canal which links with the River Lea, the Thames, and the canal network including the reopened canals around the Olympic Park.

We provide all the materials to build your canoe but recommend wearing clothes and footwear that you don’t mind getting stained by resin.

Yes. Yukan can hold your canoe for two weeks while you arrange collection. We don’t have on-site parking, but we do have an easy-access loading bay if you have your own vehicle. Alternatively, we can share details of a good courier.

Our super light 10-foot canoes are designed for London living. They fit on roof racks, balconies and tiny gardens! They look beautiful displayed indoors too. Check out our Instagram feed for inspiration: @yukan.canoe.

Children are welcome as there are always jobs that they can assist with during your build. We would of course expect good parental supervision.

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You can contact us on the below with any further questions you may have:

0203 797 3064

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