At the close of the 19th century, and for several decades into the 20th, canoes and guideboats represented some of the finest examples of American craftsmanship in wood. These "ladies of the lakes" are to this day unsurpassed in both quality of construction and openwater handling. Vintage Canoeworks is proud to bring you a wide array of watercraft meticulously restored with great respect given to original materials and historical accuracy. These master pieces are completely functional, insuring many years of paddling pleasure.
Our website features photos and details of all our meticulously restored canoes and guideboats. You'll also find information regarding upcoming projects, and details on our restoration process. For more information you can contact us by clicking here.
Well, apologies for being so late with this update. We managed to stay healthy over the past year and able to complete several contract restorations as well as two of our own canoes. It was a bit like forced labor but very productive with little outside contact. All is well now (so far).
We finished the 1898 Grant guide-boat for a longtime client and the c.1900 Mortimer Threehouse sold last September.
Earlier this spring we finished work on the c.1938 Chestnut Ogilvy Special. It’s a striking canoe with all original wood and can be seen here. At the end of June we completed the restoration of a 1921 Carleton. It’s a canoe with beautiful lines and original fan seat backs. Here’s the link to its new page.
While the 42nd annual Finger Lakes boat show was virtual, the 43rd is on in full force this year and will be held from the 23rd to the 25th of July in beautiful downtown Skaneateles, NY. Yet again, we will be serving as A.C.B.S. small craft judges for this great show.
* We still have some white cedar on hand and can make it available for sale. During the last hunt we reviewed about 1,400 boards and cants ultimately purchasing 21 of them. This clear lumber, when re-sawn, will yield near perfect quarter sawn faces ranging from 3-7" wide in lengths of 8-10'. If you are involved in a restoration or new build that demands historically accurate materials please get in touch.
All of the canoes and boats that we've restored and listed previously on the website
can be found here.
For photos of many (but by no means all) of the craft that never made it to the site, please click here to view The Rogues Gallery. We'd like to think it's some interesting stuff.
• To see some of our past work and photos of award winning watercraft please visit the Rogues Gallery and the Presently Afloat page.
• All of the awards we’ve received over the years are now listed on one page and you’ll find it here.
• We received this note toward the end of last year:
“I have worked with Wendy and Todd over the past few years and have rowed many miles during the course of my work in 2 guide-boats that they’ve restored. Both boats were more than 100 years old and barely seaworthy before they started. They put them back to essentially original condition and looking as if they were brand new! These folks were a pleasure to work with, both prompt and precise. I’d rate their work as second to none.”
Eric Wells, Adirondack Guide
• Over time we’ve received many nice letters from our customers (some years after they’ve taken delivery). A few of them can be found here.
• The article is now a bit old but its ‘coolness’ hasn’t diminished with age (at least as far as we’re concerned). So check out the New York Times feature on us. Click here for a link to the article. (or download a PDF version- 40K)