CARRYING PLACE CANOE & BOAT WORKS LIMITED is located near
Kleinburg, Ontario on the Humber River, in a wilderness setting
on the historic canoe portage route called the Toronto Carrying
Place. The company was born from a love of the north and a passion
for the Canadian Canoe. For nearly 27 years, canoe builder and designer
Joe Ziemba has been custom building cedar canvas canoes, cedar strip
epoxy canoes and rowboats.
Our canoe forms have been painstakingly designed and built incorporating
classic canoe designs and functional beauty.
All models are unique to us and are only available at our shop.
With 25 models to choose from, there is a canoe for every need and
use, ranging in sizes from 12' to 18'.
Shunning mass production construction methods and using the finest
woods, canoes are built 'one at a time' with outstanding strength
The cedar strip epoxy canoes are made from red cedar strips with
bead and cove edges from designs perfected by us.
|We use top quality epoxy resins by West Systems and
Maas Epoxies. Each canoe is then coated with a Marine Grade Spar varnish
with UV filters.
Our cedar canvas canoes are built from clear white cedar and may
be trimmed with ash, cherry or mahogany.
Varnish is applied to the backside of the ribs and the face side
of the planking before installation.
All canoe seats are handmade in either cherry or ash and filled
with hand woven cane or nylon twine.
Before canvassing, the hull is preserved with a treatment of oils
and solvents to prevent water absorbtion and to keep the wood supple.
The canvas is made waterproof and smooth, with all trace of texture
removed by a hard-drying flint like filler that has colour pigment
The woodwork inside is finished with four coats of waterproof varnish.
The canvas filler is hand rubbed to a high gloss surface and finished
with several coats of quality waterproof enamel.
Finally, between the gunnels and the hull a bead of sealant is
added to prevent moisture from penetrating under the gunnels.
All canoes are finished with solid brass stem bands,
seat hangers and fasteners.
|Over time our company has built a reputation for providing
the canoeist with a quality product that is not only functional but
beautiful as well. Our canoes have withstood the test of time and
we enjoy hearing of the many exciting trips and adventures our customers
History of the Toronto
Omer Stringer Story
Building the Carrying Place Cedar Canvas
Building the Carrying Place Cedar Strip Epoxy
How To Measure
For A Paddle
Carrying Place Paddle