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