Our Process

our processWe control the process of building our canoes from the tree to the water. We source the best clear Eastern white cedar from sustainable local woodlots and have it  quarter sawn to our specifications  at a local bandsaw mill.

We plane and craft the ribs and planking in our own shop. We steam the ribs in the traditional manner and bend them over our moulds that we have designed ourselves using our on-the-water experience and drawing from the best of traditional designs.

The canoes are planked with 3″ cedar planking and tacked and clinched with brass canoe tacks.  Our 17.5′ canoe has approximately 4500 tacks, our 26 ‘ model over 6000!

After much sanding and fairing the outer skin is applied.  We use fibreglass for our larger canoes to add rigidity, while our 17.5′ model can be covered in fibreglass or traditional canvas filled if you wish. Then the outside is painted with a two-part acrylic paint in a color of your choice.

The inside woodwork is sanded and finished to perfection.  The outside spruce gunwhales, the ash thwarts, and the ash/cane seat, are sanded and finished with modern non-fading exterior varnish to bring our the beauty of the wood.  Some prefer a stain application, and we will do whatever you want.

Application of some hardware to facilitate the rope and anchor  system and you are ready for the water in a canoe that will be, in our humble opinion,  THE VERY BEST

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