Adirondack Guideboats by Boathouse Woodworks

Adirondack Guideboats
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Adirondack Guideboats

have a mysterious history. From 1840 until the advent of motorized transport, these sleek wooden boats (guideboat photo) were built and rowed in that vast forest that came to be known as the Adirondack Park. When adventurous sportsmen and their families came to this wild forest with its many lakes, they needed a guide who had a boat. Little is written about these guides, and even less is known about the origins of their special craft, the Adirondack Guideboat.

Adirondack Guideboat -- a view from the Boathouse

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A Boatbuilder's Diary
Diary of the building of a traditional Adirondack guideboat.

Gallery Tour
Take a tour through our online gallery, with images old and new.

Let Us Build Your Adirondack Guideboat

Tucked away at the north end of a small mountain lake deep in the Adirondack Mountains is Boathouse Woodworks, the workshop of Jim Cameron, a premier builder and restorer of traditional Adirondack guideboats. Utilizing techniques nearly lost, he delicately hand-crafts with plane and chisel these elegant double-ended rowing craft in traditional, time-honored fashion, without glue or adhesives of any kind...

Adirondack Guideboat Services and Products

What makes Boathouse Woodworks' traditional guideboats so extraordinary? Find out here — Boathouse Woodworks offers a variety of services and products, from building and restoring guideboats to rib patterns and accessories — all made the time-honored way from traditional materials.

Adirondack Vacation Rentals with Guideboat

Stay in a mountain cabin with use of one of Jim's guideboats for a day of rowing from your own dock. Spend an afternoon with this Master Builder. Ask all the questions you can think of, take notes, if you like, and shoot as many pictures as you want. Click here for Adirondack vacation rentals.

About Boathouse Woodworks

Jim Cameron has been a premier builder and restorer of Adirondack Guideboats since 1982.

Jim Cameron Adirondack Guideboats
Jim Cameron Credits
Publications and shows featuring Jim Cameron and Boathouse Woodworks — and boats!

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Hand-Crafted Traditional Adirondack Guideboats
Jim Cameron, Master Boat Builder
P.O. Box 317, Lake Clear, New York 12945
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