The Housatonic Canoe Shop specializes in building custom made cedar-canvas canoes and strip-planked canoes,kayaks, and SUPs. Other products include scale model canoes and wooden canoe and kayak paddles, and canoe restoration.
Each item is handmade custom for the paddler, enabling a high level of personalization. The builder will work with the customer to fulfill their needs and desires in a custom built canoe, kayak, SUP, or paddle. The customer is encouraged to inquire about any design variations and possibilities he may desire.
The shop takes pride in building a durable, functional, beautiful small boat that meets the paddlers needs and desires. A well crafted wooden boat not only looks good, but it works much better than a synthetic mass produced boat, riding quieter and smoother through the water to bring the paddler closer to the natural environment through which he travels. A handmade wooden canoe or kayak evokes a legacy of tradition and adventure that cannot be recreated in a mass produced boat. Such a boat will become a treasured family heirloom to be passed down to the next generation, who inherit not only a canoe, but the love and respect for the natural world through which it is intended to to travel.
View the Canoe Restoration
section to see a showcase of all the Shop's past and present restorations.