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by Rob

A last look at the Muskoka wooden boat shop tour.

May 28, 2019 in Uncategorized

This final video, above, of the ACBS (Toronto Chapter) Spring tour in Muskoka, Ontario, 2091, highlights some of the amazing reconstruction work done by local restorers to keep treasured classics on the water.

by Rob

Video of the ACBS (Toronto) Muskoka boat shop tour: 2019.

May 21, 2019 in Uncategorized

As a follow-up to photos of the recent spring Muskoka boat shop tour, we offer this video for your enjoyment.

by Rob

A peek into James Osler’s boat restoration shop in Port Carling, Ontario.

February 16, 2019 in Uncategorized

How James Osler and his staff managed to squeeze a mammoth 34 foot Minett launch into his shop, never mind flip it, remains somewhat of a mystery!  However,  they succeeded, and have been “operating” on the boat since then. The current power plant, a 6 cylinder Scripps engine, has been removed for refurbishment. Also on the “chopping block” is a major restoration of a 17 ft. 1950s Chris-Craft.  Enjoy the video below.

by Rob

New “Canoe kids” on the block in Muskoka!

January 5, 2019 in Uncategorized

Dan Van Gelder sources white cedar from Eastern Ontario and red cedar from British Columbia

Our congratulations to Dan and Becky Van Gelder on their thriving canoe restoration business in the Huntsville, Muskoka area. With some ten projects on the go, there is no shortage of work this winter and beyond. What began as a hobby and love of canoeing and canoe restoration for the couple has become a full time career for the Van Gelders, who set up shop in Muskoka about three years ago. They obviously have a passion for their work
Enjoy the photos and video below.

Becky’s skills with canoes began with a high school apprenticeship programme.

Imagine being married and business partners at the same time! That’s commitment!

Cherry and ash are frequently used for the Van Gelder’s canoe gunwales. This canoe is a “new build”.

This Walter Dean canoe (top of photo) has had a complete restoration.

Each new canoe is built from a template mold like the one in this photo.

by Rob

Santa’s “woody” elves still at work after Christmas!

December 27, 2018 in Uncategorized

Ho-ho-hold the varnish! One of Santa’s favouriute elves, aka Peter Code of Tender Craft Boats,(and a junioor elf) are hard at work on this seventeen foot, late 1950s Century Resorter. The new bottom, frames, strringers, keel, transom and deck make the Resorter an almost new boat!  Peter hopes to have the work completed early in the new year. Meanwhile, the engine is out for restoration. With care and good luck, this Century will provide another fifty years of service.

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