We carried it out of the shop lashed it on the roof, told some stories, and had some laughs. They got in the car and off they went with their canoe. It seemed to happen all to quick, but that was it. I wouldn't be able to look across the shop or open the paint room doors and see that canoe again.
A feeling of sadness overcame me as I watched the canoe bob down our driveway. All those months the canoe had been in the shop, the transformation it went from being an un-paddle-able basket case, almost dump worthy in some peoples eyes, to a fully functional 95 year old canoe that was headed done the road to new adventures and memories.
And then it hit me. This is why we build and restore canoes. I was damn proud of the work Emily and I did on that canoe. I was beyond happy at how thrilled the owner was with the canoe. That canoe kept us warm throughout the winter in more than one way and now it will do the same for its' owner for decades to come. To be a part of that is priceless. It's what keeps us going in the shop, knowing the canoes that leave our shop will provide life long memories and opportunities for their owners for years and years and even decades to come.
H.B Arnold Long Decked Courting Canoe
No spring back, love that!
A few pictures from some paddles we made.
We make them from scratch from solid wood
right here in the shop.
In and around the shop
Sounds like a good project for Dylan.