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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.

Spring / Summer 2014 Update

* The c.1878 James Cross guide-boat sold less than 3 days after we listed it on the site. This highly original boat went to a gentleman with many years rowing experience and will join a very extensive collection. A link to its page can be found here.

* The 1950 Penn Yan Car Top model also sold at the end of last year to a family in Pennsylvania. Its page can be found here. So, this leaves us with nothing available for sale, however......

* Next up in the restoration queue is a c.1917 B.N. Morris sailing canoe. From the bilge keels to the leeboards the degree of originality on this beautiful canoe is extraordinary. We purchased it earlier this year and it will be a Spring/Summer project.

* Big news! Weíre in the process of changing the location of our shop and warehouse. Itís actually just up the road a bit from our old shop. The new location gives us quite a bit more room for both production and storage and will allow for a build-out of better quality finishing rooms and an office. Itíll be a lot of work but worth it in the end.

* Finally, our cedar buying trip to Quebec, New Brunswick and northern Maine was a success. We have a limited quantity of clear 8-10' lumber that, when resawn, will yield near perfect quarter sawn faces in widths from 3-7". Please contact us if you are interested.

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.

2013 Show Results
* On July 27 at the 35th annual Finger Lakes A.C.B.S. boat show in Skaneateles, NY our c.1878 James Cross Adirondack guide-boat was awarded 'Best Rowing Craft'. With 98 of a possible 100 points, it garnered the highest score in a show that featured more than 80 boats entered for judging. Since the finishing touches were applied less than 2 weeks before the show (and there didn't seem to be much point in updating the site with partial progress reports) this constituted its 'Debutante Ball' and all went well. We created a new page for it that can be found here. Just for fun, here is a copy of the judges' score sheet (note the nice comment on the bottom).

• 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)