Set up an appointment to see the canoes and even try them out before you buy!

Lazy River Canoes

solo wood strip canoes built by hand in buchanan, va


Each canoe is hand built by Jim Dodd, a life-long craftsman, wood worker, and solid wood furniture maker. He started building canoes for himself and became passionate about building them so much that he build a couple that are now for sale! Each canoe is really an art project for him and each individual canoe is designed differently. When he isn't displaying his own canoes in his man cave, he is enjoying beautiful lazy days on the water in the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

Each canoe is uniquely designed and looks great on the wall, but is quality-made and durable to be able to enjoy out on the water. They are also light enough to easily throw over your shoulder and carry yourself. Expect to get plenty of compliments at put in and take out access ramps with a Lazy River Canoe. Proudly display it on your wall as a masterpiece in your own man cave or vacation home. 

After first hearing how detailed & beautiful the craftsmanship of my wood strip canoes is, I get asked how I am not afraid to take my canoes in the water. They are surprisingly durable and strong. Though they are not meant for white water rafting, they are great lazy river canoes! Any canoe you take in a river with rocks will get some scratches. My wood strip canoes are easier than most to repair any seasonal scratches. Check out the video on quickness's & easy end of the season repairs: Video On Scratch Removal

Be sure to take a look at the Show Video to watch and learn more on the intricate details of the building to finishing process! 

Canoes for Sale

The "Flagship" is for Sale!

It will stand out and be a talking point hanging on your wall. This beautiful hand built and hand painted canoe is durable enough to take on the water. It is priced at $3500. 

Find out more

Feature Video

Blue Ridge PBS "Creative Virginia" Featured Story

We are very excited and proud to announce our recent debut on Blue Ridge PBS's "Creative Virginia." Check out our video segment and learn more about my wood strip canoes that I consider more to be works of art! A big thank you to our local Blue Ridge PBS station for helping share my story! The canoe in this video is Model #9. It is for sale now! Click here:

Our Handmade Woodstrip Canoes

Lightweight River Canoes

Lazy River Canoes only weigh between 35-45 pounds. They range 11.5-13.5 feet long. You can easily lift our canoes up on your shoulder and walk by all the people waiting for their turn on the ramp. Since they are so light in weight, I find myself going on the river a lot more by myself. 

See canoe Models

Designed for Beauty & Utility

Enjoy your Lazy River Canoe displayed on your wall, as well as paddled down a lazy river. A single canoe with a complex shape can take as many as 200 hours to build. Each canoe is coated with fiberglass and epoxy for durability, and 3-4 coats of marine spar varnish for UV protection.

Look at Photos

Add More Enjoyment to Your Life

These little canoes have truly added a new level of enjoyment to my life and time on the water. You will love drifting, or paddling, quietly along rivers, silently slipping up on wildlife and enjoying the day. There's still some nature out there, folks. Let me help you find it! 

Buy a Canoe

Learn more about the craftsmanship

Contact Us

Drop us a line!

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Feel free to ask for an appointment to see the canoe in person & even try it out!

Lazy River Canoes

1403 Greyledge Rd, Buchanan, Virginia 24066, United States