On the North End...
of the Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum building is the WCHM Canoe Shop, a 2,500 square foot facility designed to celebrate the rich legacy of canoe craft and dedicated to keeping the tradition of wooden canoe building alive. The mission of the WCHM Canoe Shop is to develop a space where visitors can watch canoe crafters building new and restoring old canoes, and where classes on paddle building, canoe building, seat caning and other topics can be held.
The canoe shop operates year round and has been used for classes on canoe building, restoration, paddle building, seat caning, canvassing and even snowshoe building. In addition, the canoe shop is open to members at the $100 Voyageur level (and above) for their own personal projects (upon approval of their project by the shop committee). Strongback or canoe work space is rented at $75-60/month and other materials costs may be involved.
Do You Have a Shop Project in Mind?
Maybe you want to build or restore a canoe? Or maybe you have a lesser project in mind? There are some simple, basic steps involved for gaining access to the WCHM Canoe Shop and getting your project priced and approved. For more information download the various documents available below, and/or contact WCHM Executive Director Jed Malischke at 715-635-2479. You can also email for more information at:
Have a shop project in mind? Download the documents below to get started, then contact WCHM Executive Director Jed Malischke at 715-635-2479. Or email for information at: info@WisconsinCanoeHeritageMuseum.org
Need more help than just our Canoe Shop?
Talk To One Of These Professionals
Little Lakes Canoe Restoration
Dave Osborn, Boulder Junction WI, 715-385-0022
Williams Wooden Boats
Dennis Williams, Sarona WI, 715-645-2746
Stewart River Boatworks
Alex Comb, Knife River MN, 218-834-2506
JW Swan Boatworks
Josh Swan, Washburn WI, 715-373-0126
Many Waters Boatworks and Carpentry
Josh Tolkan, Grand Marais MN
Northwest Canoe Company
Dan Meer, Clearwater MN