All our current canoes are made using the tried and tested “Stitch and Glue” technique.
The main canoe we build is the Lakota, which is a standard 15’6” canoe which is equally
suited to tandem or solo paddling, and can take a small family, or someone wanting
to go camping with all their kit. Most people opt for the standard Lakota, which
is light enough to carry single handed and is big enough for most purposes.
A derivative we build is the Huron, ( seen above, being launched by a client in summer
2013). This is a lighter, shorter version, featuring a more upswept gunwale, and
is mainly suited to solo paddling. The Huron is just 4 metres long.
Another version we build is the Lakota 17. This costs a little more to build, and
is 17 feet long. This canoe weighs around.
Another option we do is help people put their own designs of boats together. Unfortunately
due to the additional time, materials and in particular time we need to devote to
these projects, I do have to charge rather more than we normally charge for our
regular canoes ( all sorts of details need special jigs making up, and little snags
arise which need overcoming, all of which take considerably more time than simply
building a canoe we are familiar with)
Before deciding which canoe to build, we recommend you try our canoes on our stretch
of river right next to the workshops..
Birchcanoes Lakota 17
Birchcanoes Lakota 17 fitted with the clients own sails