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Russ Parker and kayak

Russ Parker and kayak

A weekend visit to The Canadian Canoe Museum will often lead to an encounter with a very talented woodworker on our team named Russ Parker. Retired from a long career with the Toronto Fire Services and an avid guitar maker, Russ has also been producing some very fine skin-on-frame kayaks in our Living Traditions Workshop as a Canadian Canoe Museum volunteer.

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Wow what a day! A new tradition at The Canadian Canoe Museum was born on Sunday, October 27, 2013 – the George Luste Lecture. This exciting inaugural event marked the kick off of the new partnership between The Canadian Canoe Museum and the Wilderness Canoe Association (WCA).

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Store booksIn anticipation of the Small Craft Rendezvous on June 22nd, the Museum’s Gift Store has stocked up on books for small craft enthusiasts!  Whether you are a skilled craftsman or a beginner we are sure to have material to assist you with your project.

stripe-canoe

One of our most popular books is “Building a Strip Canoe” by Gil Gilpatrick. This brand new second edition of Building A Strip Canoe includes full-size plans and patterns for eight well-proven designs, most of which are Gil’s own adaptations. Step-by-step directions are accompanied by more than 100 full color photographs, plus illustrations.

canoecraft

Ted Moores is also one of our featured authors.  Known internationally as “the Bible of canoe building,” Canoecraft is back!   Whether your goal is to build a general-purpose recreational canoe, an efficient modern tripping canoe or a full-decked fast-cruising canoe with walnut veneer, Canoecraft can help you make it happen.  Another great book by Ted is Kayaks You Can Build which enables the first-time builder to assemble a kayak with truly professional results.

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Some days, it’s too windy to go out on the water. Some days, the water is just plain frozen. Some days, it’s too hot and some days, you just plain don’t feel like it. When this happens, it can be almost as much fun to read about paddling as it is to do it. Here are three things to read that I think you will enjoy.

The history of the canoe building companies that were a significant part of the economic life of Peterborough, Ontario, for more than one hundred years is as rich and tangled a story as you’re likely to find in Canadian business history. Invention, entrepreurship, patents, lawsuits, rivalries, mergers, acquisitions, bankruptcies and catastrophic fires: it’s a tale that has all this and more. It is also a complicated story, and those who are interested in canoeing history, Canadian history, Canadian business history and the story of how the city of Peterborough, Ontario came to be synonymous around the world with the canoe will have a much easier time figuring it out after they have read Peterborough author Ken Brown’s 2011 book: The Canadian Canoe Company & the early Peterborough Canoe Factories.

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