Northwoods Blog

Summer is here!

It’s warming up at last in central Maine, which means it’s time to go canoeing. Well, maybe for you!

With the canoeing season in full swing, the shop is busy, busy, busy. Rollin and Elisa have just returned from a successful week-long course at the WoodenBoat School in Brooklin, ME. We built three different canoes with a group of 12 students and sent each boat off with a lucky winner! Now that we are back from the ocean, we can concentrate on shop projects.

You’ll notice it’s Morris heaven right now in the shop: we have a new Morris being built and on the other side of the shop, a Morris in the middle of the restoration process. And yes, that’s the skeleton of B.N. Morris keeping watch and making sure we’re doing things right.

We’ve been lucky to have the whole crew in the shop this week, including one shop helper whom we only see when he’s visiting his grandfather, but he catches on quick!


Now that winter and mud season are over, we can look back with nostalgia at what we were up to before the weather got hot:

Happy paddling!

Happy New Year from the Shop!

Gail D’Agostino sanding Rollin’s Atkinson Traveler

For the new year, we have a new face at Northwoods Canoe. Gail D’Agostino has joined the ranks and we’re happy to have her – she’s already sanding boats!

The projects in the shop are many and varied. They’ve been keeping us busy in the odd moments we find between shoveling snow.

Mr. Bateman’s square-stern canoe is coming along, with new oak inner gunwales and a new oak keelson. Rollin and Gail bent some new ribs for the canoe as well.

We’ve lowered a form for a new boat this week: Mr. Kaufman’s American Beauty. We hope to get ribs bent this afternoon!



Rollin installing a brand new keel

Also in the shop is the Thum Brothers’ boat, a deep Old Town canoe made custom for the Thums. After this restoration, we hope it will see many more long canoe trips into the wilds of Canada!

Canoes for sale!

Two year waiting list? Not for these beauties!

Rollin has been looking around the shop this summer and he realized that we have two new canoes and a finished restoration sitting in storage, just waiting to be put in the water. Take a look and if you’re interested, give us a call for more information!

This beautiful Model A, Type III 17-foot B.N. Morris was built for a customer in 2001 and is like new! Asking $4800
It has a nice stern seat drawer and comes with Shaw & Tenney oars.
Built in 2010, this Kingfisher was traded in for a newer canoe. It is in excellent condition and there is hardly a sign of wear. Asking $4375
We finished the restoration of this 15.5-foot Chestnut in 2012. Asking $2400


Or are you looking for a project? We’ve got ’em: a Gerrish Peapod and two Rangeley rowboats.

This 15-foot Gerrish Rowing Peapod needs work, but the hull is in good condition. Asking $2000
You can see the original Gerrish tag here. It says “E.H. Gerrish- Maker – Bangor, Maine.”


This Sprague model Grand Laker is 20 feet long, 40 inches wide and 18 inches deep. Asking $800


A 16.5-foot Rangeley rowboat. Needs extensive work, but the hull is still solid and has not deformed. Asking $800
This Rangeley rowboat still has its paint, inside and out. It also needs extensive work. Asking $300


Summer in the Shop

Rollin and Elisa are back in the shop after a class at the WoodenBoat School. Twelve students built three canoes in a week! A former student sent along this video of his finished Kingfisher, cruising across a lake.

Working in the Shop

Some current work in the shop!

A new hull for a 8ft Morris model
Planking the Morris model! The hot iron steams the wood to help it bend.
Elisa doing the grunt work to make the new website.