Growing up in a small town on the river bank, two things were guaranteed. Love towards water and love towards nature. My earliest memories include those of my father building traditional fishing wooden boats. I always loved that. The very process in which formless wood transformed into an object that would give me so much fun and joy during summers. However, as the years past by, there were fewer and fewer wooden boats. Their place was taken over by polyester boats which were relatively cheap, extremely easy to maintain and pretty durable. This only underlines the fact that there are not many with enough time and knowledge to maintain a wooden boat.
I wanted to build my own canoe for a very long time and I was thinking how to get the best out of those two worlds. I wanted my boat to have a wooden soul, but at the same time to be durable and easy to maintain. In magazines I discovered the method for constructing canoes by gluing wooden planks which are in the end protected by layers of fiberglass cloth and epoxy resin. Perfect combination! Of course, only if it’s done right.
Canoes are made out of pine with mahogany and oak decorations, but also from others depending on the customer’s wishes. Each canoe is covered with fiberglass cloth amounting to 160 gr which is followed by 3 layers of epoxy resin to make it tougher. Epoxy resin layers are covered with 2 layers of high quality polyurethane varnish for additional UV protection.
Average time needed for building a single canoe is 2-3 months. However, if we already have a partly finished canoe, time of delivery can be significantly shorter. Be sure to contact us via e-mail to inquire about availability and time of completion.
Canoes weight is around 40 kg, depending on the wood. Length is 5.2 m while width is max 90 cm. Canoe of this size has two regular and one additional seat. Since it’s all done by hand, measurements may vary.
Tisa (the river I grew up with) is the only European river today that “blooms”. Tisa’s bloom is an ancient group of insects which was common in many rivers throughout Europe, but it was never as predominant as it was in Tisa. Nowadays big swarms can be found only in midstream Tisa, mostly in Hungary. In mid-June every year, if the weather conditions are optimal for the final stage of larvae growth, begins the swarming of Tisa’s “flower”. Then around 5 PM, without warning/hint from the depths of the river rises the vast procession of white larvae. They appear in huge numbers, so that not even the fish can destroy them. This way the majority reaches the sun bathed surface. Thin moults break on their backs and from the larvae a gentle winged insect rises. It resembles a dragonfly, has a bright yellow body and greyish wings. These are males. Since their population is significantly larger, they will first float and feed the fish, birds and frogs. After that the exit from the muddy riverbed is secure for female larvae. Females immediately soar upwards through the cloud of males and continue further to fly over them. Males were waiting for them and their aimless wandering turns into a hunt for females. Spending the last ounces of energy for their seductive dance followed by the mating itself, males exhaustedly fall on the water surface and die. Females fly above the river for a while longer, until sundown, during which the eggs in their bodies are fertilized. Only after that they descent on the water and in their last minutes lay the eggs.