Thursday, July 13, 2017

Wooden Canoe Heritage Association Assembly Underway

The Lily, built in 1915With the widespread use of plastic canoes, it seems as if the art of building wood canoes is all but lost. However, one organization refuses to let the craft die.

The Wooden Canoe Heritage Association is holding its 38th annual gathering at Paul Smith’s College this week.

“People come to show boats and talk about how they restored them,” said Rob Stevens, the association’s program coordinator.

Stevens said association members from chapters across the globe attend each year to share their expertise and experience.

The WCHA is offering many presentations and workshops, everything from how to carve a paddle to how to use it. Most of the presentations are tailored to fit this year’s theme: Canoe Accessories.

The public is invited to the college to see the boats. However, attendees must pay a fee for many of the special programs.

The event is running through Sunday at the college.

A full schedule of events can be found on the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association website:


Photo by Autumn Rock: The Lily, built in 1915, is one of the restored canoes on display at Paul Smith’s College.

Autumn Rock is an Adirondack Explorer summer intern.

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Autumn Rock, a native of Mooers Forks, is a communications major at Paul Smith's College. Her interests include hunting, fishing, and kayaking.


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