Restoration & Repair of Classic cedar/canvas canoes and small boats
Also called arborvitae and swamp cedar, the name arborvitae comes from the 16th century when the french explorer Jacques Cartier learned from the Indians how to use the trees foliage to treat scurvy.
The rot and insect resistant wood is usually used for products in contact with water or soil, fencing, posts, saunas, and also cabin logs and boats (especially canoes).
Cedar is a wonderful wood to work with. Smells good and works nice, and looks great varnished. White oak is usually used for frames and or decks, holds a screw well and also steams great. Trim can be anything from cherry, mahogany, and ash. I'll work with you to determine what's best for your job.
Owned by David and Kathy Satter in the beautiful Northwest corner of New Jersey surrounded by lakes and streams, you can still have your canoe or small wooden boat repaired. We're a small family owned company and take pride in our work and paying attention to detail. If you're dreaming of fixing up your father's / grandfather's canoe or just brightening up the varnish on your current boat call us for a free estimate and to discuss the possibilities.
I hope this e-mail finds you well. I just wanted to thank you again for the beautiful work you did on our boat this past year: we sailed her a lot during the summer and fall and she turned quite a few heads wherever we went! The children had a wonderful time and are getting addicted to sailing (my original plan worked out well!) and we shared some great moments with friends and family.
Many thanks again for making this possible. I wish you and your family a wonderful Holiday Season and a great New Year 2015!
Most of the products, goods and services you buy or own today are not made by hand in the way they used to be.
Everything built, restored or repaired here for you is in keeping with tradition. Every piece is hand made, of course we use power tools, but for most of our work we have to build or make each piece. It's not something we can go to the store and purchase. Due to the nature of these old boats we're matching pieces for sometimes 100 year old items. Everything is a curve or compound angle. So these things take some time.
Our goal here is for you the customer to feel your getting quality work and an honest days labor from us at a fair price. Giving life to these old boats again is part of history. They have a story to tell and hopefully will be handed down to the next generation.