Skywoods Canoe Company was founded by Scott Barkdoll in 1992 and specializes in the restoration and building of wood-canvas canoes and other small wooden boats.
At Skywoods we have restored over 300+ antique wood-canvas canoes in the last 20 years. We also build new wood-canvas canoes. Our canoes have won 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place at the Les Cheneaux Islands Wooden Boat Show in Hessel, Michigan and Best Classic Small Craft at the Antique and Classic Boat Society Boats on the Boardwalk Show in Traverse City, Michigan. We relocated to Middlebury, VT in 2008.
Most of the wood used is cut and processed locally. We prefer and emphasize the use of native American woods which are easily renewed and not endangered.
Great attention is given to detail and to the care of each individual boat. As much history as is possible is obtained on each boat and care is taken to try to restore the boat to original condition even if multiple restorations or alterations have taken place.
We carry a full range of restoration materials and information as well books, knowledge, and references about the history of wood canvas canoes.