early North American canoe factory 'display samples' 1870-1930. Exhibited @ CDOCA.
For over 30 years, I have collected model canoes - everything from rare Indigenous pieces around the World, to antique early North American factory samples. My purpose, here, is to share information, promote interest in this hobby and assist those who wish to know more.
Here you can find many photos of items I have gathered, share in my collecting adventures and learn about books, museums, canoe heritage groups which will add to your knowledge and hopefully provide deeper insight into these marvelous treasures.
Did you know there are museums dedicated to canoes and kayaks? Plan a visit to the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, ON, < www.canoemuseum.ca > where you can see the World's largest collection of paddled watercraft; or to Spooner, WI, and the Canoe Heritage Museum < www.wisconsincanoeheritagemuseum.org >.
I support both and encourage you to do so, as well.
If you love older canoes, join us in the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association < www.wcha.org > and check out 'Fans of WCHA' < www.facebook.com/groups/219179608982/ >. If you're into outdoor collectibles - vintage hunting decoys, antique fishing lures, powder tins - try clubs like Midwest Decoy Collectors Assoc.
Ask away; there are never any foolish questions, just folks too shy to ask them. Want help identifying something? Perhaps evaluating or appraising it? If I don't have the answer, I'll put you in touch with someone who does.