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Where and When Is the Makers Rendezvous?

We're hosting a gathering to promote and recognize the role of craftspeople and makers in our world. We invite you to join us for the 2019 Makers Rendezvous in Westport, Ontario on Sept. 14 and 15th, 2019.

Jimmy DiResta's wooden canoe build Process images by Joel Kimmel Students of QCHS Tech Shop

Who Will Attend?

Tinkerers, metalworkers, woodturners, paddlers, builders, designers, 3D printers, suppliers, artists, writers, schools, woodshop cooperatives, filmmakers, historians, musicians, programmers, hackers, conservationists, educators, publishers — everyone is welcome.

Most events are free. We invite you to support this event and this our presenters by purchasing an optional Supporter ticket for $10, available here. The dinner on Saturday night will be hosted at a local winery and requires tickets, as do a few of the workshops. A canoe raffle will help to offset the costs. Tickets will be for sale on site or online.

We hope you will be able to join us for a lively weekend. Reconnect with old friends and make new ones. Get inspired to get on the water or into the workshop.

To give us an idea of attendance, please fill out the registration form.

Where Can You Stay?

If you're looking to stay for both days of the Rendezvous, you'll probably want to find accommodations in the area - we've put together a list of recommendations to suit a variety of budgets.

The Victorian logo Cove Country Inn logo Westport Station Motel logo

Interested in Presenting or Displaying Your Work?

We'd love to hear from from you, whether it's showcasing a personal project or representing your business at the Rendezvous. Please include the details of your presentation or display in the last section of the registration form.

Interested in Volunteering?

Would you like to get involved in helping to promote or run the Rendezvous? We're a small team and appreciate any help you can offer. Contact for details. 

Special Workshops

Some of the workshops that have limited space or use specialized materials require advanced registration and a fee for attendance. Spaces are available in the following classes:

Watercolour by Joyce Burkholder
Woodwork by Frank Berinstein
Canoe coffee table by Roger Foster

Confirmed Presenters

Ted Moores is an author, teacher, and partner at Bear Mountain Boats. Ted will be on board his stunning electric fantail launch in the Westport Harbour and happy to take people on short cruises. 

Jimmy DiResta is a New York state based, designer, artist and video producer.  Jimmy produced an instructional DVD with woodworker actor Nick Offerman on how to build a Bear Mountain canoe. Jimmy's easy-to-follow project demonstrations will inspire accomplished and aspiring Makers alike, and his Q&A on building a YouTube channel will explore how to use digital platforms creatively.

Kevin Callan - aka the Happy Camper, author and paddler, is renowned for making the outdoors fun - one misadventure at a time! . He will give a presentation on cooking and trip planning and also entertain us during the Saturday night dinner at Schuermann Winery. 

Becky Mason and Reid McLachlan teach paddling skills, share canoeing advice, and continue the filmmaking tradition of iconic canoeist Bill Mason. They will be present on Saturday to offer canoeing demonstrations in Westport Harbour (schedule TBA – check back for details).

Marty Schlosser is an avid woodworker, occasional writer for Canadian Woodworking, founder of the Kingston Woodworkers Association and past president of the Ottawa Woodworkers Association. His furniture is known for its bold, complex design and exceptional quality finishes. At the Rendezvous Marty will be offering a one-hour presentation on spray finishing, covering techniques, equipment, and more.

Rick Nash has been building, restoring, and documenting the history of birchbark canoes for decades. His work has garnered international renown, and an example of his craft hangs in the Canadian History Hall at The Canadian Museum of History. Rick will be on hand to discuss the history of birchbark canoes as well as his personal process.

Joyce Burkholder is a talented wilderness artist from Barry's Bay, Ontario.  She will offer a 3-hour watercolour workshop designed for all levels of experience, even those who have never painted before. Registration required - click here for details.

The Kingston Woodturners are dedicated to the art of woodturning, and welcome newcomers and experts alike to their regular meetings. They will be on hand at the Rendezvous to talk shop, share advice, and offer lathe demonstrations.

Frank Berinstein is a veteran woodturner who often enhances his turned objects with burnt, painted, or carved embellishments. An Argentinian ex-pat, Frank has travelled widely and explored numerous different disciplines, including boat building, furniture design, architecture, and graphic design.

Andrew Szeto is a gifted workworker who documents his work in beautifully shot and edited short videos. His restless creativity has produced baseball bats, canoe paddles, a tambour table and more from recycled skateboard wood. He may also be persuaded to give an impromptu skateboard demonstration.

Ron and Pat Frenette of Canadian Canoes have been helping people build their own canoes for 40 years. They will bring their 26 ft Voyageur canoe for paddling excursions. This canoe has been on many canoe trips including one from Milan to Venice. a few years ago. Pat and Ron will set up their typical canoe camp with a very fancy wanigan and also teach a class on how to cane your own canoe seat. Registration required. 

The Q.C. Tech Shop has produced seven canoes to date. Now students from Quinte Christian High School, under the guidance of instructor Paul French, have expanded their repertoire with a thorough restoration of a vintage Farmall tractor. Representatives from the school's innovative program will be on hand to display and discuss their work.

Chris Guydis is a Belizean canoe builder and occasional helper in the Bear Mountain Boats workshop. Chris will discuss the design of the unique three-person canoes used to paddle La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge, a challenging four-day canoe race and Belize's biggest sporting event.

Kim Pressnail will teach the skills to carve a cherry paddle.

Brent Kirkham of Kirks Canoes in Perth, Ontario will demonstrate installing exotic inlays on canoes, canoe decks and paddles. 

Headwaters Canoes will display a mold and demonstrate steam bending ribs for cedar canvas canoes. Featuring Hugh Stewart, Jamie Bartle, and Kate Prince.

Roger Foster of Carlisle Canoes will lead a presentation on how to build a coffee table canoe. Click here to register.

Walt Sepic will show several canoes of differing materials and discuss typical damage, challenges of repair, problems to watch out for, suggestions for repair, and materials and techniques used. He'll also offer an introduction to harmonica playing for the musically inclined.

John Summers, author and canoe historian, will display and demonstrate his 1937 Old Town canoe with its authentic 1937 sailing rig.

Dennis Osmond will present a slideshow about the miners and sappers who constructed the Rideau Canal. He may also be persuaded to present the story of building a canoe with three generations of his family. 

Westport Harbour in fall

Westport in the morning

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