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Ten Reasons Canoes are Better than Kayaks

I recently met Fred, another die hard canoe lover, who provided me with the following Ten Reasons Canoes are Better than Kayaks. If you have one or more of your own please feel free to share them by commenting on this post. 1. Canoes are easier to get in and out of – kayaks require…


Greenwood Day

One day, early in September, I received, not one but two emails regarding Greenwood Canoes. Being an Ontario refugee (Ottawa and Peterborough), I’d only recently learned about Greenwood Canoes and had yet to work on one, although I had tried to buy one a couple of times. The first of these emails concerned Mike’s Greenwood,…


Steam Bending Gunnels with Plastic Bags

This new steam bending technique is revolutionary! A friend of mine, who’s not even a wood worker, uploaded this video on FaceBook and all I could say was “WOW”. It’s one of those ideas that’s so simple yet so helpful, you have to wonder “why didn’t I think of that”. The video features Shipwright Louis…


Finishing the Faber

With the wood work complete the next step was to fabric cover the hull, seal and fill it. I’ve described this process in my post It’s a Bird, it’s a Plane, NO it’s a CANOE. As this canoe was originally intended for my own use I didn’t want a keel, but rather added a Kevlar®…


Path of the Paddle: Doubles Basic

Doubles Basic, is the first of canoeist, artist, and film maker, Bill Mason’s brilliant, ground breaking, “Path of the Paddle” videos. Be you a novice or expert canoeist, this film is a must see. If you’re wanting to learn how to canoe, this is a great place to start. Bill Mason not only explains the…


The Greenwood & The Old Oak Tree

Early in September I received the following email in response to one of my ads: “I bought a beautiful old Greenwood canoe this past spring we thoroughly enjoyed it with the family. Unfortunately that freak storm knocked the top off a large oak tree and tore a hole in the front 8-10″ of this old…


New Canoe Shop

With the weather turning and seven canoes, plus a canoe mold on hand, it was time for a bigger shop. Fortunately, through a friend of a friend, I heard about some shared shop space available in Cowichan Bay and went to take a look. In comparison to my current cramped quarters the place seemed huge….


Kevlar® Keel Plate

Historically canoes never had keels. It was only when European boat builders started copying native American boats did keels come into common use. Contrary to popular opinion, the keel adds little or nothing to either the stability or tracking ability of a canoe. Stability is more a function of the bottom shape. A very round…


Bill Mason, Waterwalker

A great deal has already been written about canoeing legend, Bill Mason. I didn’t, however, feel this blog would be complete without some small tribute to the man who, through his films, taught myself and countless others to canoe. I discovered Bill Mason’s Path of the Paddle films in my early teens and I credit…


Canoedling

Canadian born, Fay Wray and Joel McCrea demonstrate the fine art of “canoedling” in the 1934 film The Richest Girl in the World. Ever wonder why “courting” canoes often don’t have a center thwart? Pierre Burton defined a Canadian as “someone who can make love in a canoe.” You Might Also Like Checking a Chestnut…


Fixing the Faber

After dragging the Faber home and getting it up on a set of canoe stands my first step was to remove the outwales and the remaining fabric. Faber used regular (not stainless) staples to attach the fabric under the gunwales and along the stems. Forty plus years later they were a mess. It took me…


Greenwood Glory

He whistled and he sang till the green woods rang And he won the heart of a lady Most of you will of heard the names Chestnut, Peterborough, and Old Town. However, if you’re not from British Columbia, Canada, few of you will have heard the name “Greenwood”.   Bill Greenwood founded Greenwood Canoe Co….


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