Packraft Workshop

Tandem DIY packraft

5 Session Workshop

Instructor: Bruce Campbell

Dates and times of the class: 
Class 1: Sunday, March 17, 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Classes 2, 3, 4 & 5: Mondays, March 25, April 8, 22 & 29, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: Pioneer Park - Workshop (Click link for accessibility information.)

Interested in building your own packraft? A packraft is an amazing craft that is stable, easy to inflate, easy to store, and super easy to transport. No more hoisting your boat up onto the roof rack! Building your own packraft can be a rewarding, yet substantial project. Bruce Campbell is our resident packraft expert and has helped dozens of students build custom boats.

The first thing to do is order a kit from The instructor recommends a Skeena as a first craft to build. The colors red and yellow are easiest to work with, or can be mixed with blue and green for your own unique pattern. It takes 3 – 4 weeks for your kit to arrive.

Before you order a kit, review the DIY instructions: ( Please review the information with the idea of determining if you have the space and time to build your own packraft. Understand that the construction sequence for a Skeena or Telkwa has improved vastly from the V2, and the irons are much better. There is a lot of helpful information in the forum.

You will also need to order a “leather iron” which costs about $30 from aliexpress. The digital iron with a US plug is recommended. Contact the instructor if the search seems difficult. It is a China direct order and takes up to four weeks. If yours hasn’t arrived for the class you can borrow one for class, but loaners are limited. 

The first class will introduce the fabric, heat sealing with a small iron, and the construction sequence. You will be provided a form to use for the tube seams. Before class, please unroll the kit. Cut out the floor and tube sections 2 and 3. Roll the fabric without folds or creases and bring it all to class. Bring the scrap fabric to use for practice and attachment points.  If everyone comes prepared, the first four-hour class should be enough time to install tube sections 3 and 2, and the seam between them. 

Please bring to class: Kit and all fabric; leather iron; silver sharpie marker; regular and wide masking tape; super sharp scissors (e.g.: Fiskars, $15-20 Walmart). 

Constructing a packraft takes about 30 to 60 hours. Outfitting adds another 20 or 30 hours. The class will get you started, and you will have homework between class sessions. You will need a table and space to finish the packraft at home and you will need to set aside time to complete it.

Your instructor is available to help throughout the project via phone, video call, or zoom. 

Additional classes in the Folk School Shop (upon request) can focus on: Building a seat; Sealing the Bow/Stern including making a Stern specific form; Outfitting; or Making a Self Bailer.

Maximum number of students: 8

Packraft Workshop

Two DIY packrafts and an Alpacka. Gulkana River 2018

Minimum number of students: 4

Age range: 18 and up

Prerequisites:  none

Cost: $199

Contact: Bruce Campbell: or 907-488-1667

Pre-registration: This class is pre-registration only. Please register by 2 days before the class begins. Registration will be closed after this time. (However, you need to order your packraft kit and iron well before the class.)



Packraft Workshop

A Folk School workshop packraft in class III whitewater.

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