I have loved building the canoes but one day I noticed that the classic Maine lobster boats had similiar lines. Turns out you can build the lobster boat just like the canoes, upside down. The forms are designed to be left in place and cut off . Works great, very easy. All the other parts of the boat are simply made with odds and ends, paint and some imagination. Loads of fun, and I would not say that there’s anything super difficult to do. I have a couple of trial kits being built. Anyone interested in the boat, let me know. I am making the kit available. The next project is to motorize it which appears to be less expensive than thought.
Jack Simmon’s from Vancouver , Washington has built a 36″ & 54″ canoe along with a 42″ strip kayak. Proudly displaying them on his wall. Now Jack is tackling the new Lobster boat kit. Can’t wait to see that! Great job Jack!
I finally made up my new water slide decal for the bow deck caps for all the canoes. It looks like the original Old Town decal from the 30’s. Pretty cool. Be sure to request the decal if you would like one.
I get a lot of satisfaction from working on all my canoes, and more so when it is ice cold out and I am inside my workshop with the small wood stove going, and the same is true for a hot summer day, being in my cool workshop out of the hot sun, having fun, making something really cool!
Jack Simmons of Vancouver Washington did some interesting things to his 54″ build by staining the inside a green color and installing a set of floor boards or deck. Looks great! He is now getting ready to build the kayak.
Dan Whalen of Washington Depot, CT, built a beautiful 54″ canoe and added floor boards, giving it a real authentic look. Great job Dan!
I had numerous requests for a short length kayak light, so I finally made one for Denise in Barrington, NH, to light up their lakeside home. It is exactly like the 94″ version, scaled down. The advantage of this light over the other is shipping cost when completed. Very pleased with how it came out. Should have the kit available soon.
Geoffrey Stark of Las Vegas did a great job on a 24″ canoe kit. He stained it a pecan color and bought the extra red cedar strips for the bottom.
I built this canoe with a big fan for Myra and Tom, from Contoocook,NH for their beautiful porch overlooking Rolfe Pond. Morgan Exteriors from Hookset, NH did the renovations and installation of the light and fan. Came out very nice.