Focusing largely on the Adirondack Guideboat and branching outwards, Atkinson ADK Craft is dedicated to bringing light to time-honed construction methods.
Our efforts aim to breathe new life and interest into the creation of enduring objects, while considering the knowledge and insights passed down through generations of previous makers.
Atkinson Adirondack Craft is owned and operated by Nathaniel Atkinson; avid sculptor, outdoor educator, and Adirondack historian.
Currently in the early stages of his work, Nathaniel uses his experiences in fine arts and his time in the Adirondacks to shape and guide his work here at Atkinson ADK Craft.
Regarded as one of the most refined traditional watercraft to date, the Adirondack Guideboat was shaped by necessity and cunning. Every structural factor is a glimpse into its development and the era it subsequently molded.
Directly effecting the construction, shape, and properties of these craft; materials are an integral part of the Adirondack Guideboat. These resources are meticulously gathered and artfully crafted to blend the maker's hand with the material's qualities.
A slow and intentional undertaking, the construction of a traditional guideboat requires devotion and years of forethought. The builder must balance accuracy and precision with the tendencies and nature of the materials. Pair all of this with a vast knowledge of carefully honed hand tools and you have the makings of a fine Adirondack boatbuilder.
Above all else the Guideboat values function, developed over time to fulfill a specific role; the transportation of guides, visitors, and Adirondack residents throughout our water-laden landscape. All of this while maintaining a light, agile, and quiet manner that is equally swift over the carry as it is in the water; refined simplicity with purpose.
A thorough restoration of a 16' Costal Peapod originally built by Old Town Canoe. Back in late August I wrapped up my season as the Trek and Program Director at Sabattis Scout Reservation, the summer camp I have been involved with for 12 years and what I can attribute much of my love of waterways and boating to.