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Adirondack Guideboat Boatbuilder-in-Residence

Tuesdays – Saturdays
June through mid-August
10:00am – 3:00pm*

The guideboat is one of the most important cultural artifacts of the Adirondacks. This unique boat was developed in the region to meet the special needs of Adirondack guides. It is a lightweight but strong wooden rowboat.

Allison Warner is our boatbuilder-in-residence and uses traditional construction techniques. Allison has built 5 guideboats for the museum using historical patterns or lines drafted from boats in the museum’s collection.

Allison is currently building an Adirondack guideboat of her own design. Started in 2018, the guideboat will be completed and ready to be part of the live auction at the 2020 Adirondack Experience Gala in late July of that year.

Allison is demonstrating Tuesdays through Saturdays, June through mid-August, from 10:00am – 3:00pm. Justin Price, our boatbuilder intern, will be available to share information about guideboat construction from mid-June through the end of August on Thursday – Monday.

Allison Warner first discovered Adirondack guideboats in 1999, while serving as an Americorps Volunteer in the area. After her first experience seeing and rowing a guideboat, she wanted to learn how to build one. Allison was fortunate to apprentice with local craftsmen and learned how to build guideboats by restoring them. This led to her joining the Adirondack Experience as Boat Builder in Residence in 2003. After building her first guideboat on demonstration, Allison began building boats for clients as Adirondack Wooden Boats. Now with her partner Rob Davidson, they restore wooden boats for row, sail or paddle and build custom Adirondack Guideboats as well other small craft to order. When not building boats, Allison teaches mathematics at North Country Community College.

* schedule subject to change without notice