HOWB 008 – Eric Harman interview: Wood canvas canoe builder and restorer.

by admin on November 10, 2011



Listener Questions and Other
Bryan Hansen called in a question: “Where do I get my hands on a copy of the History Channel video – THE BIG BUILD – which documents Jay Smith building a 21′ Viking long boat?”  Good question Bryan – I am researching this and will get back to you.  Hope you can wait a little – hahahaha.

Eric Harman Interview – Wood Canvas Canoes
This week I interviewed Eric Harman of Harman Canoes located in Oso, WA.  Eric builds wood canvas canoes following proven North American methods developed in the late 1800’s.  Eric tells the story of how he fell in love with canoeing in the 1970’s, built a cedar strip canoe, and then found his first wood canvas canoe and never looked back.  Click on green player button above to listen to the interview.  Here’s some pictures of Eric’s work (click on picture to enlarge):

Eric in his Oso shop next to Old Towne wood canvas boat

Mold of '14 canoe Eric designed.


1960 Huron Canoe - restored to original by Eric.


Eric restoring Old Towne wood canvas boat - circa 1937


Next Week – Interview with Builder/Designer Rich Kolin
Don’t miss my interview next week with wooden boat expert Rich Kolin.  Rich has been building and designing small wooden boats since the 1960’s; has written several books on how to build his designs, instructs at the Center for Wooden Boats; and did I mention he is an expert carver?  Come back next Thursday for more!

Native American paddle Rich hand carved!

Links for this SHOW

Three Sheets NW (online boating magazine)
CLC kit boats
Woodenboat Magazine


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