Company History

I started the Newfound Woodworks in October 1984 as a woodworking/cabinet shop. I manufactured custom doors, windows, cabinets and furniture for about three years. Then I found Ted Moores' book "Canoecraft" and built a Prospector and Red Bird canoe, each from the book by lofting the offsets onto particle board. I became fascinated with this process because the boats were lightweight, strong, reasonably maintenance free and incredibly beautiful.

I began producing cedar strips at the request of others who wanted to build canoes. Soon I acquired epoxy, fiberglass, ash for gunwales and decided that maybe we could supply 'kits' to those who wanted to build their own boat but didn't have all the millwork equipment necessary to produce quality strips, gunwales, decks, stems, etc.

I went to boat shows and woodworking festivals, produced catalogs and a website to market the kits. I hired several people, taught them how to build the boats and ended up with several canoes, kayaks and rowing boats for display and customer demo.

We came up with the idea of an annual gathering of customers who had built their own boats, called "The Newfound Rendezvous" . The Rendezvous was held every September on Lake Winnipesaukee and most recently on Newfound Lake from 1997 to 2007. This was a chance for both builders and anyone new to this to try out our boats, check out new designs and see what others had accomplished.

This has been a very rewarding occupation, helping others achieve their dream of building a functional work of art. It has been my passion and my life; I can't think of anything else I would rather have done with my last thirty years.

Michael Vermouth

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