Welcome to the website of Northwoods Canoe Company. Located in Atkinson, Maine, we have been developing hand-crafted wooden canoes for over 30 years. We specialize in wood and canvas canoe construction and offer canoe building, canoe kits, restoration services and parts. Rollin Thurlow is regarded as one of Maine's finest boating craftsmen and has developed numerous wooden canoe building techniques and designs that have been used around the world.
In the near future I will be taking the order for boat # One Thousand to be restored or built in my shop. To celebrate this milestone I want to build a special canoe that means a lot to me, the 17.5’ Atkinson Traveler. It is the first canoe I designed; named after the village I live in and designed for the wilderness paddling that I enjoy. It has been a very successful design which I am very proud of.
While I want to put all my years of experience into this canoe I also want it to be a canoe that is used as the design was intended. The Atkinson Traveler needs to be in the water, a few scratches on it, maybe a cracked rib or two from hard use, mud on the paint and a smile on every face in the boat. This is a boat that I want to build to my own specifications to be used as the canoe was designed for.
Because my customers and the WCHA organization have been such a important part of my professional success, I want to celebrate this one thousandth boat by offering this commemorative Atkinson Traveler completely free of charge to either;
1) A past or present member of the WCHA.
2) Any one of my past canoe/boat customers.
Cost of any shipping not included!
There is only one stipulation: The owner of the boat must promise the boat will be used as it was intended as per the original design; and the harder the use the better!
To be eligible for this boat please send me your name, your; contact info and a brief description of how you intend to use the boat. Please, no more than 300 words and be sure to include your WCHA membership number or NWCC customer number. Peter, Pam, Andrea and I will choose the top 25 essays and then have a drawing for the winner. There is no cost for the boat or to enter your essay. The boat will be on display at the 2014 WCHA Assembly where the drawing for the winner will take place. You need not be present to win but of course that would be nice. Sharpen up your pencils and plan on attending the 2014 Assembly!
Thank you for your years of support.
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