At Butson Boats in Bracebridge Ontario, a classic Duke awaits a rather sad fate, barring the arrival of a Sir Galahad. Inside the shop, a number of vintage boats benefit from the expertise of Tim, Jurgen and Andrew.
Enjoy the video below.
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.
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.
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.