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The Willits Brothers and Their Canoes: Wooden Boat Craftsmen in Washington State, 1908-1967.


The Willits brothers and their canoes; wooden boat craftsmen in Washington state, 1908-1967.

Chapman, Patrick F.

McFarland & Co.


260 pages




This work combines biography with company history in telling the story of the Willets brothers, who founded a wooden canoe company that operated in the state of Washington for nearly 50 years, beginning in 1908. Chapman (a restorer of Willits Brothers canoes) explores the brothers' personal lives, but pays particular attention to their business management and their canoe construction techniques. He also provides a series of appendices that provide instructions for repairing canoes, detail prices of Willits Brothers canoes and accessories, detail serial numbers and year of manufacture, and reproduce the company logbooks and catalogs.

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