Canoe Designer

John Stephenson

John Stephenson admired the graceful lightweight Indian canoes (while lugging his own heavier canoe) and made them the model for the cedar-ribbed basswood canoe he developed in Peterborough in 1859.  His design became known around the world as the “Peterborough Canoe”. Stephenson’s basswood strip and later cedar strip canoes soon replaced the birch bark canoe…

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