Mozark Mountain Works

DIY Project: Canoe Restoration

Today, we’re going to do a little glue laminating for the replacement section for a wooden canoe stem.

Typically these are steam-bent, or at least traditionally, however if there are some hazards with that when you’re restoring your canoe, we only need a short section. The problem with steam bending is you wind up getting an undetermined amount of spring-back from your form. With the canoe, when doing exact restoration, a steam-bent piece will put a kink in the profile of the bower-stern. With glue laminating, we know from experience a 1/16” of spring back is probably the most we’re going to get on something this long.


Robin McClintock

Robin McClintock


Born in New York, educated as a painter/printmaker, lived, worked and created in New York City, Robin McClintock never thought about leaving New York. For 2 decades she balanced business with painting in her Tribeca studio. Now McClintock has a painting studio in a 1920’s school building, is a member of the county planning commission and remains inspired by industrial architecture and the natural landscape, an elegant industrial aesthetic is a constant imperative.

As founder and owner of a general contracting company in New York City in the 1980’s, she specialized in “adaptive reuse” renovations before the term was coined, focusing on loft building conversions and creating non-profit workspaces. McClintock moved to a farm within the Monongahela National Forest in rural West Virginia in 1998 and started Mozark Mountain Works with her husband.

Michael McClintock


Robin and Michael McClintock moved from Tribeca to rural West Virginia and started Mozark Mountain Works in 1998. Trained as artists, believers that the impact of the man-made environment is as essential as the natural environment. 

Michael McClintock trained as a sculptor though his natural inclination towards problem solving as a creative engineer is ever present. After art school and time at Skowhegan he brought his deft skills to architectural millwork during the heyday of historic restoration. His architectural drawings of Ellis Island are part of the National Archives. Specializing in historic replication millwork there is nothing he can’t do or make. The move to abandoned farmland in rural West Virginia let him focus on his passion for the outdoors and making things in his 5,000 sq ft wood and metal shop.

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