Revised 23 Nov. 2016
Before I fell in love with model canoes and kayaks, vintage hunting decoys were my collecting passion.
THIS COLLECTOR'S PASSION ...... by Roger Young
42" 4-hole sealskin baidarka, Alaska, c. 1900
I'm often asked for assistance in identifying and/or evaluating a model. I'm pleased to try to help where I can. If you require an appraisal for donation, tax or insurance purposes, I do have extensive experience in preparing the proper documentation. Always happy to chat and meet new friends. Contact us.
Almost 30 years ago, I began collecting antique model canoes and kayaks, mostly native-made items from all over the world. This was an off-shoot from a passion for vintage hunting decoys. Later, I turned to factory-made 'display samples', often called 'salesman's samples', produced by the early Canadian and American builders. My indigenous collection has now gone to museums and other friends. I continue to search for antique factory samples, and am fortunate to have found some of the finest items anywhere (see Display Samples page). Here are a few photos showing my collecting journey (more at Canoe History). Enjoy your visit.
24" replica (2000) of a 'Head' canoe, NWC c. 1750
Currently for sale: 48" authentic, rare, Old Town Canoe Co. 'display sample', c. 1912
Also for sale, c. 1920 E M White 52" display sample in exquisite original condition. Lovely mix of woods: mahogany, birch, maple, cedar. Two early paddles in bird's eye maple.
Although many of my earlier things have been sold off, I do maintain an interest in high-quality indigenous models, even as I now concentrate on researching antique factory samples. Occasionally, I will have something available, or may know where a particular item can be found to suit a need. See my For Sale page or ask.
32" Atikamekw birchbark model, Quebec, c. 1932
38" sealskin kayak, Belcher Islands, Hudson Bay, c. 1910
Below: a fabulous find from the South Pacific: 22" double-hulled sailing canoe, Manihiki, Cook Is., c 1890