Located in Western Oregon, USA, Ferwerda canoes are built using traditional wood and canvas canoe construction. Cedar ribs are steamed and bent over an old canoe form and cedar planking is attached using brass canoe tacks. Canvas is stretched over the hull, and filled to produce a water proof covering. The interior wood shell and exterior filled canvas produces a double hull system, allowing the canoe to flex when encountering underwater obstacles.
I only build one model of wood canvas canoe, the Hiawatha canoe, which is built on an old original Thompson Brothers canoe form. I do not build to order, as this is just a hobby, and I generally produce only one canoe per year.