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Build Your Own Jack Jump Workshop

February 26, 2022 , 9:00 am 4:00 pm


Winter isn’t over yet: Roll up your sleeves and come build your own Jack Jump sled with us!

The Jack Jump or Jack Jumper is the vernacular sled of the north woods, usually featuring a single ski-like runner and a small seat. While the origins of jack jump sleds are unclear, it is likely that sugar makers or loggers made the first Jack Jumpers from old barrel staves to make the walk back down the hill less work and more fun. Today these sleds are usually handmade from an old downhill ski fitted with a wooden seat. Whatever their origin, Jack Jumpers are a low tech, high fun way to enjoy the winter and a classic of Vermont hills: No expensive gear required, just get out and play in the snow. 

Want to learn more about Jack Jumping? Check out this handy Jack Jump overview from our neighbors at the Mt. Philo Inn.

Join us in the Museum’s boat building and teaching shop where you will learn how to build a simple and effective Jack Jump for yourself. We’ll be building simple all-wood seats and attaching them to downhill skis. Workshop participants can either bring their own ski or use one of ours (you’ll get the chance to decide when you register). The course will cover the construction of the seat and post and attaching it to the ski. Any paint or finish will be completed at home.  

The class will take place in the Museum’s shop and will cover the use of various stationary power tools and hand tools. No prior woodworking experience is required.  

Please note, per the Maritime Museum’s COVID policy, all participants are required to be vaccinated or provide proof of medical exemption. Participants will also be asked to wear a mask during the duration of the class.


Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

4472 Basin Harbor Rd
Vergennes, VT 05491 United States
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