The Dory Shop

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada | (902) 640-3005 | info@doryshop.com

Sibling duo row their Dory Shop dory from North Carolina to Florida

Feb 24, 2021

An incredible story was emailed to the Dory Shop's inbox this morning - a brother and sister duo, Evan and Ariana Alexay, are rowing their dory from North Carolina to Florida. The dory, named Cod, was built at the Dory Shop 21 years ago, and has some very cool customizations such as a removable canvas shelter. To read more about their story, check out the article that was written by Bernie Harberts and interviewed and photographed by Keith Smith in the "Town Dock" in Oriental, NC: https://towndock.net/shippingnews/brother-sister-dory-story

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Winter in Da Burg

Feb 04, 2021

A proper old gale blew through a few nights here on the south west coast of Nova Scotia. Big howling noth’eastah (NOR’easter being a media driven misnomer) all through the night with heavy snow, big, big wet snow- 6-8”. Today its raining, pouring, on top of the dense wet snow, yay…roads were a gooey thick mess and everything was closed for a spell. As it all should be. Wet, raw and cold. And the power went out as was well expected. But we have split fire-wood stacked and the woodstove chuckling along here at my home in the 1760 Bailly House. Kerosene lamps cleaned and filled, wicks trimmed. Candlesticks fitted with wax tapers. It is a lovely old home and I LOVE the walking distance to anything that has my attention, like office, our wharf, our barque, the Dory Shop, the grocery store, a pub or two, post office etc.

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Snowy weather in Lunenburg

Jan 22, 2021

We are having quite the snowstorm here in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia today! We wanted to share with you this photograph taken in front of the Picton Castle's Ship & Boat Chandlery, our next-door neighbours at the Dory Shop, when the storm was just beginning this morning.

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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 rowboats 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

email: info@doryshop.com