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Bear Island Boats builds and sells handmade wood strip canoes that are functional works of art to honor the heritage of traditional boat building.

The boat shop has been a dream of mine for many years. As an avid canoer and Outward Bound Instructor I was inspired by the functional works of art created by Master Craftsmen Ted Moores.

Following my dreams, I graduated from Bear Mountain Boats school of boat building in Ontario, Canada prior to Ted's retirement.

As the universe conspired to make my dreams come true I purchased an old Finnish homestead alongside the Bear Island River in Ely, MN

The boat shop situated on the Bear Island River honors the rivers heritage as a waterway that served as a regular trading route for homesteaders, loggers, and the Anishinaabe.

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The Bear Island Boat shop will:

Keep the time-honored craft of cedar strip canoe building relevant in a changing world 
Advocate and support organizations who utilize canoes in their mission to serve

Everyone must believe in something. I believe I’ll go canoeing.

Henry David Thoreau

richard stuart of bear island boats

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