Canoes: Clearcoated (Bright)

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Welsh Brook 13 Solo Canoe
Welsh Brook 13 Solo Canoe


Every canoe built is designed to be rugged yet light weight and beautiful. The addition of two fiberglass skins to a wooden core create a structure similar to an I-beam. The wood provides light weight, stiffness and beauty, while the fiberglass absorbs virtually all of the loading.

Primary woods used are usually western red and northern white cedar. Curly maple, white pine, ash, black cherry and black walnut are used for accents and inlays. The interior and exterior can also be skinned in carbon fiber, Kevlar or a hybrid of the two (depending on the layup).

The epoxy and fiberglass matrix encapsulates the wood preventing any rotting and also enhance the beauty of the wood by adding depth. The epoxy looks like 10 coats of a deep rich varnish. Four coats of a tough, easy to maintain, crystal-clear automotive urethane are then applied to the exterior. As an option we can also finish it with traditional, spar varnishes. The interior is finished with Super Sap CLR bio-derived epoxy package featuring excellent UV blockers.

Each boat is built of several hundred individually hand fitted hand pieces of wood. It generally takes 8-12 weeks to built a boat.

"Aura" Prospector 16
“Aura” Prospector 16


An average 16 ft long double canoe (like a Prospector) will weigh approximately 55 pounds when complete.  A 13 ft long solo canoe (like the Welsh Brook 13) can weigh less than 30!  Much lighter than a comparable all fiberglass or plastic canoe. These boats are designed and built to be used in any lake or river. Every boat is fully outfitted to the customer’s tastes and preferences.

Standard Features

– Solid wood core of northern white and/or western red cedar using our stapleless construction method. Staples used for Performance Carbon and Expedition Kevlar layups.  To save weight, the core thickness varies from 1/4″ on the bottom to just over 1/8″ at the gunwales.
– Simple stripping pattern
– Solid hardwood stems
– Standard fiberglass schedule
– Hardware (Decks, thwarts, yoke and seat frames) made from ash or black cherry.


Building only custom boats allows us to build YOUR boat for the way YOU paddle. Every boat is fully outfitted to the customer’s tastes and preferences. We take pride in the fact we offer a large variety of options. Out list of options, including custom wood and shell inlays, is unparalleled. If you can dream it we can probably make it real.



 13′ Solo

16′ Double







Performance Carbon






Expedition Kevlar



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