Ron Frenette our great friend and instigator of many canoe builds and paddling trips has been longing to develop plans for a 26 ft. Voyageur canoe. Many years ago Ron paddled one from Sault St. Marie to Thunder Bay and he thinks there must be others interested in building one. I am not convinced that there is a market and told Ron that we could not justify the development costs – besides we would then have to build one in order provide instructions. In case you don’t know Ron I will share this secret with you – he does not understand the word NO. Before I knew it he had a scheme cooked up. Ron has been working with one of our customers in Italy named Mateo – FYI when we sell a kit you also get Ron’s wonderful support during the building process. Mateo’s family has been building clocks for 400 years in Milan and naturally he became friends over the internet with Ron and invited him to come to Italy to paddle the canoe but Ron had a better idea – it was hatched over some high wine and a huge cedar fire on the Kipawa last fall and it goes like this…
Ron organizes a canoe trip every summer open to friends and customers who are willing to sign up and follow him down one of the many rivers and lakes in Northern Ontario. I happened to be along on the trip this year which was on the Kipawa River and I am not sure if it was the high wine we were consuming or the blue moon but Ron unveiled his plan to build a North Canoe and ship it to Milan – then next year our canoe trip
would follow the Po River from Milan to Venice. Of course anyone who wanted to go had to help build the canoes. So 6 months later we have 3 hulls nearing completion. 12 paddlers
signed up and plane tickets booked for Milan. Luckily Glen Fallis of Voyageur Canoes in Millbrook who builds fibreglass versions of these canoes and is experienced paddling them has agreed to teach us how to paddle and will accompany us on the trip.
Stay tuned and check out the details by clicking here.
Please join us on Saturday June 22nd, 2013 at the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario for a Celebration of Small Boats!
If you build, restore, own or want to learn more about small watercraft, don’t miss this opportunity to be surrounded by fellow enthusiasts. There will be live demonstrations, workshops, vendors and special guest speakers. The Canadian Canoe Museum will be open and free. This years Rendezvous will mark the 40th anniversary of Ted Moores and Bear Mountain Boats. Nick Offerman, an accomplished woodworker, Bear Mountain canoe builder and actor will be a special guest at the event. Nick has a wicked sense of humour and currently stars on NBC’s Parks and Recreation as Ron Swanson. He will entertain you and make you laugh with his thought-provoking insights into the world of woodworking and boatbuilding. If you own or have built a small craft we hope you will bring it along. There will be awards for the best displays and stories told about your boat.
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From finishing your small craft masterpiece to sharing your love of canoebuilding, Bear Mountain Boats offers four New Year’s Resolutions that will help you be a better canoebuilder in 2013.
Sign up for a canoebuilding workshop
Each year Ted Moores hosts a 7 day canoebuilding workshop at their Peterborough location. Designed for builders of all ages and abilities, students will build either the Steve Killing designed Freedom 17, Chestnut Prospector 16′ or the Ranger 1. Learning techniques that are deceptively simple, first time canoebuilders will find they are familiar with many of the tools and techniques of canoebuilding, yet experienced canoebuilders will be challenged by Ted’s high standards of workmanship. Class sizes are small and early registration for this acclaimed workshop is recommended. This year the workshop will be held in Peterborough, Ontario on from May 12-18, 2013.
Mentor a new canoebuilder
Do you remember back when you purchased your first canoe plan? Did you have lots of questions about the proper tools to use to build your canoe, how to choose a canoe design, how to sand your canoe properly or whether to use dye or stain? In 2013, resolve to take a canoebuilder under your wing. If your friends and family have already started their own canoebuilding projects, share your expertise on our builder’s forum.
Discover a new place to canoe
In 2000, Canadian author and paddler Kevin Callan set out to discover what he considered to be “lost” canoe routes in his home province of Ontario. The result is an entertaining guidebook of 50 canoe routes rarely visited by weekend canoe enthusiasts. In 2013, take a trip on one of these routes, or go on an adventure and discover a new route.
Finish your masterpiece
Did you start 2012 resolving to finish your canoebuilding project, only to wake up on December 31 with a disorganized woodshop and half-finished canoe covered in dust? Make 2013 the year that you will complete your small craft masterpiece. And once you do, be sure send us your pictures to be included in our photo gallery of customer built canoe and kayak projects.
What are your canoebuilding resolutions for 2013?
Offering more than kits and plans, Bear Mountain Boats can help you shop for the woodworker and canoeist on your Christmas list. Shop at our online store or phone in your orders!
Miniature Canoe Kits
Our wooden canoe kit is the ideal project (or gift) for someone wanting to try the strip plank/epoxy building technique. The finished model is reality in miniature – a 1:12 scale, woodstrip/epoxy canoe displaying all of the fine features of a full size Bear Mountain Canoe.
The Art of Paddle Carving DVD
This 30 minute DVD shows you all the aspects of paddle making, even how to sharpen the tools. Follow these clear and simple instructions to carve your own canoe paddle. For the canoe builder taking a break from their current project or woodworking hobbyist.
Canoecraft companion DVD
Actor and woodworker Nick Offerman (NBCs Parks and Recreation) found himself with some time to kill in New York City while his wife is working on Broadway, so he decided to build a couple of canoes. After reading Canoecraft, Nick called up to purchase some plans and before he knew it Joan had enlisted his help to produce this canoe building video as a companion to Canoecraft. This visual Guide to Ted Moores best-selling book, Canoecraft, will give first-time builders the confidence to create a fine woodstrip canoe. Nick Offerman’s entertaining video documents his adventures building his own Bear Mountain Canoe.
The Canadian Canoe Company Coffee Table Book
The tales and pictures in the heavily illustrated Canadian Canoe Company book will appeal to many interests. Cottagers and boating enthusiasts will enjoy a glimpse into how canoe manufacturers served and fed the fledgling leisure industries that are now so prominent in the Kawarthas. Boat builders will like the reproduced catalogue pages and the information on popular canoe designs. For the history buff, the story of how the early boat shops developed into an industry that came to provide one of Canada’s first luxury exports could be the central draw, although anyone interested in local history will also feel the book’s appeal.
We make a habit of immediately using a dry cloth to remove any stray glue that gets on the gloves. This interruption controls the contamination at the source so it doesn’t spread and is a constant reminder to find ways of keeping your hands clean in the first place.
On softwood and end grain, it is wise to do a pre-coat with un-thickened epoxy to reduce the danger of the thirsty wood drawing all the epoxy out of the thickened mixture. To do this in one step, we anticipated how much epoxy would be absorbed by the wood and mixed the glue to a consistency that would allow for this to happen and leave the right amount of epoxy in the joint. By anticipating the amount of glue that will be absorbed by the wood plus enough to occupy to the space in the joint, there is very little cleanup time, no glue to sand off later and you won’t inadvertently sit on your bench and find yourself stuck in stray glue.
Most importantly, the time you are in potential contact with uncured epoxy is kept to a functional minimum. The bonus for me is that my helpers don’t get epoxy on their gloves so my clamps stay clean.
By Jennifer Whitaker
Two Belizean canoe builders with a special connection to a Canadian canoe builder were commissioned to build a racing canoe for His Royal Highness Prince Harry. As part of his tour of Central America in March, the Prince visited the small, British Commonwealth country in celebration of his grandmother’s Diamond Jubilee.
Check out this article on Sparks, our Electric/Solar Launch, from Epoxyworks magazine.
Our new DVD, Fine Woodstrip Canoe Building with Nick Offerman, has won a 2011 Reel Paddling Film Festival award for “Best Instructional Paddling Film”.
Sparks’ shakedown cruise this summer lasted for 10 weeks leaving from Peterborough in July on the Trent Canal, south through the Thousand Islands to Clayton NY and then north via the Rideau Canal to Ottawa through 124 locks – a distance of 674 miles (1074 km) consuming only 9 gal. of diesel fuel!