The Dory Shop

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

Spring means it's time to build a dory!

Mar 02, 2015

Winter is leaving us (please leave us, winter)and with the melting snow, thawing ocean and muddy yards comes a hankering for wooden boat building.

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Season’s Greetings from The Dory Gang

Dec 22, 2014

Winter is in the air – it certainly isn’t the warmest time of year here on Lunenburg’s historical waterfront. It’s the time of year Jay is particularly happy to have lots of off-cuts to keep the shop toasty warm!

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A Unique Dory Course: Build a 20’ Seine Dory

Oct 20, 2014

The Dory Shop offers dory building courses twice a year: once in the spring and again each autumn. This year something new is happening: a former dory course student had a strong hankering to learn how to build a Seine dory. The Seine is the largest dory we build here at The Dory Shop – she’s 20’ along the bottom and nearly 26’ overall. So guess what? We’re going to do it: a third dory building course this year, building a Seine dory.

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“Such an unassuming little shop, but very special…like you can feel the history of the place.”

About Us

We build dories. Day in, day out, one after the other. In fact, we have been building the iconic Grand Banks dory and other traditional wooden watercraft for close to a century. Although we’ve added a few power tools, we’re proud to say our boats are still hand-built using tried-and-true construction methods, along with quality materials like solid oak transoms, pine and cedar planking, and our signature grown hackmatack frames, all held together with quality copper fastenings. We like it this way. It works and it will continue to work as long as the sea is salty and the ocean has waves.

That doesn’t mean nothing ever changes here. These days, in addition to dories for rowing and sailing, power skiffs and runabouts, we’re also building big powerful schooners, perfect for coastal cruising or blue water adventures across the world’s oceans. Like our dories, they are traditionally-built; in this case, from a designer’s half model instead of the decades-old jigs and patterns from which we build our smaller boats, their edges worn smooth from the touch of so many craftsmen’s hands.

Our boats are strong, durable, seaworthy, and beautiful in their simplicity. But the place we work is special too. The Dory Shop is located on the harbour shore of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada, a port renowned for shipbuilding and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We welcome you to drop by – the locals all do! – or better yet, to join us for one of our two-week dory building classes. For those unable to visit, we are happy to work with you to build the boat of your dreams and can assist you with all the shipping details.

Contact Us

The Dory Shop
PO Box 1076
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada
B0J 2C0

Ph: (902) 640-3005
fax: (902) 634-9985