“I signed up for a three day class, having had no prior experience either laying out a project or sewing. Fairwinds’ staff were not only very knowledgeable and helpful, but were also patient in covering all of the small details that I would need to start a small shop. I would highly recommend Fairwinds and will definitely return for additional training.”
— Steve Wolfe of LaCrosse, WI, a Private Course Grad
Our students always impress us. For something completely different, check out how fast Dustin Morgan of Portland Oregon, a recent grad, can pattern a full enclosure!
“Training at Fairwinds Canvas was a great hands on experience, and Kat’s knowledge of the industry is undeniable, you will be blown away at how much you take away from her class”
— Kathryn Opatken, Fairwinds Canvas Training Core Fundamentals Graduate
“After my week long private session at Fairwinds Canvas, I came away with not only improving my existing skills, but new skills that have added an increased level of confidence to all my work. I recommend her course to all experienced canvas workers and those entering into the profession.”
— Suzi Clinefelter, owner of Mystery Bay Sails and Canvas, Nordland, WA
“I learned a lot in 5 days time. And she will be a great resource for starting up my own canvas shop.”
— John Hermann of St. Paul, MN – Fairwinds Canvas Training Core Fundamentals Graduate
“Took the Core Fundamentals Class loved it so much I returned for the Marine Upholstery Class.”
— Shelly Faxvog, Hyde Park, VT
— Mark Mattozzi, Chicago, IL
Recent Graduates of our Core Fundamentals Class!
— The R&R team: Ruth Brutlag from Illinois and Ruth Ramos from Texas
“If you’re looking to get into the marine canvas industry and having trouble finding a school, Fairwinds Canvas will provide you with the essentials to getting your foot through the door. Her thorough technique and extensive knowledge will surpass your expectations of this training center. Class sizes are minimal for quality one on one teaching. No question goes unanswered and even after your class has ended Kat is there to help you anytime you may need it. I am looking forward to additional training with Kat.”
— Shawna Durfey, Wrangell, Alaska