Lovingly restored 1927 canoe in raffle for Great Mountain Forest

A view of the restored wood-and-canvas 1927 Old Town canoe. The restorers, under the expert eye of Schuyler Thomson, paid excruciating attention to detail. Photo By Patrick L. Sullivan

NORFOLK — On a recent morning, Jody Bronson, forest manager of the Great Mountain Forest in Falls Village and Norfolk, showed a visitor a gleaming, restored 1927 Old Town canoe at the forestry office in Norfolk.

It’s a remarkable sight, especially for those used to the more mundane fiberglass or aluminum versions.

Inside of the canoe is highly varnished mahogany, a floor deck that is removable and a movable backrest.

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