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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.

2015 Update

* We expect to spend the remainder of this year helping our clients build their collections and complete the majority of the contract restorations now in the queue. As a consequence, we won’t have any of our own units finished and available for sale. Here are some of the more interesting crafts now in the shop:

- H. Dwight Grants’ no. 6 guide-boat from 1893
- c.1910 William McCaffery guide-boat
- c.1900 Keuka Lake duck boat
- c.1895 J.H. Rushton rowing skiff
- 1923 Old Town sailing canoe with retractable centerboard
- c. 1917 B.N. Morris Sailing canoe

That said, if you have a project that involves relatively minor repair or a cosmetic upgrade please give us a call. Smaller jobs can always be worked into the schedule.

* Late last year we acquired a c.1903 B.N. Morris. This Model A, Type 1 is in fantastic original condition and a real beauty - mahogany decks, seats and thwarts with closed gunwales. As noted above, it is probably a project for next year unless someone has to have it, in which case we should talk.

* 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.

2014 Show Results
* On September 19, 2014 at the 39th A.C.B.S. International Boat Show our c.1900 Mortimer Threehouse canoe was voted Best Canoe/Sailing Craft. There was plenty of competition so we're quite honored by the recognition given that juried craft came from all over the planet.

Threehouse was a rather eccentric maker with a shop on the Genesee River in Rochester, NY. His known output was 16 canoes of which 7 or 8 survive. Having delved into the depths of its construction, we say without reservation that his was by far and away the finest craftsmanship of any we've seen to date. He named them all and ours was the 'Wapoose'. During our research we reviewed the 'Owana' and used elements of that as a guide since it was very similar in design. The Wapoose now resides in a private collection. Some photos we took during the boat show can be found here.

• All of our awards we've received over the years are now listed on one page and you'll find it here.

Materials We Use
• Over time there have been lots of inquires concerning the products we use during our restorations. So, we’ve decided to start a new page detailing our experiences with what we’ve found to be the best out there.

Lately we've been experimenting with some new products so the page has been updated. Please check back periodically as this will be regularly updated.

Customer Testimonials
• From time to time we receive nice letters from our customers (some are years after they take delivery). The very nice ones we've shown 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)