Rehbein Canoes


Lloyd E. Rehbein lived and worked in Duluth MN, off Rehbein Road from June 4, 1898 to November 1970. He built his 1st canoe in 1931 and built/sold canoes/boats for 33 years, starting in 1934 and retired in the fall of 1967. He built a number of canoe models, including 16, 17 and 18 ft double enders and several cartop boats/squarebacks. He built about 600 canoes, and his canoes were highly thought of in the Duluth area.

He built part-time after work from 1934 to 1942, when he retired and started building full time. Most of the time he worked alone, but once in the 40's had 1 hired hand helping him. After 1942, he only made canoes. From the 30's through the 50's, in the busy years, he made about 25 per year and decreased to about 10 per year in the 60's. In the 30's and 40's he used filled canvas and went to fiberglass/resin in the 50's and 60's.

(Information provided by Dan Lindberg. Photos by Bobby Pitts, courtesy of Julianne Johnson.)

General Characteristics: The Rehbein canoes I have seen have flat-sawn white cedar planking fastened with large-headed 3/8" copper tacks. Note the shape of the deck cut-out and the distinctive seat construction. Tapered inwales butt against the back face of the stem. Seats are fastened to boat with lengths of threaded rod with nuts on either end.