S E R V I C E S
In addition to full canvas replacement and cedar-strip canoe refinishing, Lone Pine Canoe can look after smaller projects such as gunwale or deck replacements and seat repairs. Repair services are also offered for cedar-strip kayaks and other small wooden watercraft.
In our shop, care is taken to closely follow the traditional canoe building methods. Most of the work in the shop is done by hand. Repairs are done in a way that preserves the style, features, and materials of the original model unless the client specifies otherwise. All finishes are applied using marine paints and varnishes by Epifanes and Interlux.
What you don't see is equally important for extending the life of your canoe and preserving its value. Our experience in working on canoes that were built or previously repaired with steel or metal fasteners shows that they rust, break down, and cause the wood around them to rot. For this reason, we only use high-quality fasteners made of brass, bronze, copper, or stainless.
We can provide a free estimate based on quality pictures that you send us, but a final quote can only be made by making a thorough inspection of your watercraft in person. Pick-up and delivery can be arranged for the Muskoka region. Please contact us for more information.
After repairing or replacing any cracked or broken ribs and planking on the canoe, it will be sanded and rubbed down with linseed oil before a new #10 cotton canvas is stretched onto the hull. After a month-long curing period for the filler to dry and make the canvas waterproof, the canoe is primed and painted with premium marine paint in the color of your choice.
Cedar-Strip Canoe Refinishing
The old fiberglass is removed carefully. After a gentle sanding and any needed repairs, new cloth is put on using the epoxy resin by West System. A final coat of marine spar varnish is applied for a beautiful look and added UV protection. All varnish finishes are available in gloss or matte.
Small Watercraft Repairs
Repair work can be done in our shop for small wooden rowboats, gadabouts, cedar-strip paddleboards and kayaks and other similar sized watercraft. The same care goes into working on these projects as is put into working on a heritage canoe restoration.
Fiberglass Canoe Repairs
We can do repair or replacement of the wooden components on a fiberglass canoe such as the gunwales, decks, or seats. Some minor patches to the fiberglass hull can also be looked after in our shop. Please contact us for more information about the specific type of repairs needed for your canoe.
Some examples of repairs that can be done without needing to replace the exterior covering include: refinishing peeling paint or varnish, replacing damaged keels and broken stem bands, and repairing or replacing split or damaged gunwales and decks. Most of the time the rotted wood components can be replaced using the same type of wood as the original.
Hand-woven caned seats are a quintessential part of heritage wooden canoe construction. It is recommended to refinish the wooden frame of the seat before replacing the cane. As an alternative to a hand-woven seat, pressed cane or web seats are also offered.