About the Historic B.N. Morris
B.N. Morris built canoes in Veazie, Maine from the 1880s to 1920. His canoes are considered to be some of the finest wooden canoes ever built. No Morris forms survived the 1920 fire that destroyed the canoe factory. After finding an original 15-foot Morris at the Adirondack Museum, a customer commissioned me to recreate this lovely canoe. As with the other reproductions that I build, I go to great lengths to faithfully reproduce the canoe just as B. N. Morris would have built it.
The Type 1 canoes have short decks and spruce inside rails and mahogany outside rails, decks, and seat frames. All the seats are hand-caned. To aid in lifting the canoe and for tying the boat down, small mahogany hand thwarts are added just aft of the decks. The seats can be arranged for tandem or solo paddlers.
The Type 3 model, like the 17-foot Morris model, is finished off with extended mahogany decks, a floor rack, an oak keel, and outside stems.