About

Dan working on a lapstrake double paddle canoe.

Welcome to Dragonfly Canoe Works! I am Dan Miller, and I have a one-man shop located on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, midway between Clayton and Cape Vincent. This region has a rich history of boat building, and notable canoe builders of the area include A.Bain & Co., the St. Lawrence River Skiff, Canoe and Steam Launch Company, and Wilbur & Wheelock.

Continuing in this tradition, I am focusing on traditional lapstrake canoes, and in particular those built by J.H. Rushton of Canton, New York. I am also fascinated by decked sailing canoes, which were very popular in between 1880 and 1910. In addition to the lapstrake canoes, I can also build canoes with other techniques, such as cedar-canvas or glued lapstrake.

My interest in boating history led me to work as curator at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, New York. After 3 and a half years, I am returning to my passion, which is working on canoes with my hands. I am still actively researching the history of canoe manufacturing in North America, and plan to publish in book together with my research partner.