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Patching Boy Scout canoes on Maine’s Allagash River in the mid-1960s was ROLLIN THURLOW’s first successful canoe-building experience—successful, but not very graceful! Rollin has taught canoe building and restoration at a variety of locations throughout the U.S.
Rollin Thurlow has been building and using, writing and teaching about wood-and-canvas canoes for years.
Loved the wood-and-canvas canoe construction course, met so many great people, and fell in love with Maine!
After graduating from Maine Maritime Academy and a tour in the Navy, Rollin attended the wooden boat building program at Maine’s Washington County Vocational Technical Institute.
Not only are they wonderful to look at and a pleasure to build, they also perform quite well. His interest lead him to collaborate with Jerry Stelmok to start their own wooden canoe building company.


Building a variety of his own designs plus historic reproductions, Rollin’s shop in the small town of Atkinson, Maine, the Northwoods Canoe Company, has become known as one of the premier wooden canoe shops for both restoration and new wooden canoes.
This construction method permits a clean, sharp entry and a subtle shape that is difficult to achieve with aluminum or fiberglass. Then comes the fitting and fastening of the planking—a good chance to practice hand-tool skills in a very satisfying process. Three students will leave this course with a new canoe nearly ready for paint and varnish; all will leave with knowledge and experience of what is probably the most indigenous of American boatbuilding techniques, a process directly evolved from birchbark canoes and still very much alive today. He was very willing to share both his knowledge and expertise in building cedar-and-canvas canoes.
While wooden canoes have had a long history, Rollin and Jerry discovered that there was precious little written about the actual how-to construction of the canoes.
The century-old technology of clenching thin planks to steamed frames and then covering the hull with a tight canvas skin yields an amazingly flexible and rugged craft.


The canoe company became a real reinventing-the-wheel type of project—long on desire but short on capital and business skills, leading to the demise of the original company. But it was not long before with renewed interest and skills, Rollin started his own company, the Northwoods Canoe Company.
Co-authoring with Jerry the book the Wood and Canvas Canoe ensured that the how-to and historic information they had collected would become available to the public at large.



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