The Dory Shop

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada | (902) 640-3005 |

Stories from the The Dory Shop

Introducing the Tim’s dory

For those folks fortunate enough to have grown up on the water, thoughts of summers spent ‘messing about in boats’ bring back some pretty wonderful memories. And it’s just those warm thoughts that have our gang here at The Dory Shop so stoked as we begin building a big Fortune Bay sailing dory for the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation Summer Camp at Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia.

You’re invited to a Shutter Plank party!

Who says all the fun ends with Old Christmas? Not here at The Dory Shop, where we’re busy planning a special celebration to mark a major milestone in the building of the twin schooners.

Knee operation

It’s that time of year again – time to receive our annual delivery of dory knees, courtesy of the Hatt family. For more than 50 years, and through four generations, the Hatts have supplied The Dory Shop with this oh-so-critical construction material

Praise for dory building course

It’s a little over a month until the start of The Dory Shop’s fall dory building course and spaces are still available. I could give you the ‘hard sell,’ telling you all about how great the course is, and of course Lunenburg is spectacular in the fall. However, I’d prefer to pass along some comments from past participants instead

Rigging Handline sailing dory

Lunenburg’s hopping today as people arrive for the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival. This is an amazing festival that just happens to be celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The line-up (including a band called the Dory Bungholes!!) is spectacular. Meanwhile, down at The Dory Shop, we’ve been welcoming a steady stream of folks, many drawn by the sight of Jay rigging our latest Handline sailing dory.

Prams inside and out

A reminder to everyone that if you are in the Halifax area this weekend (July 23-25), you should visit The Dory Shop and a dozen other Nova Scotia boatbuilding enterprises as we display our best at the Nova Scotia In-Water Boat Show at Bishop’s Landing on the Halifax Waterfront.

Handline dory wins prize

We’re really excited to tell everyone that one of The Dory Shop’s traditional Handline dories won honourable mention in the Manually Powered, Professionally Built class at The WoodenBoat Show, recently held at Mystic, CT.

Beauty under sail!

Since the Seine sailing dory has not yet been shipped to her new owner, and since last Friday was such a gloreous day here in Lunenburg, Jay and Bub decided to take her out for a sail.

Heavy duty skiff

Jay and Bub are currently working on a sturdy 17-foot skiff. It’s based on an old wooden boat that got brought to the Dory Shop Boatyard in the latter days of its life

Thanks for the support!

We had a little celebration at The Dory Shop yesterday. We like to do things like that. It’s part of the tradition here and with at least five weeks of winter weather left (thanks to that pesky groundhog) you have to do something to make the season pass. We really had something to celebrate too. You see, it was announced yesterday that The Dory Shop is the first recipient of funding from the Lunenburg Working Waterfront Investment Fund.

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