shop is a dusty, noisy, 2,000 square
foot building in the little community
of Multnomah in Southwest Portland.
We have been in
business since 1975 and in
our present location since 1992.
We are usually busy, with up to
four projects under way at once.
If you drop in you might see several
boats in various stages of construction.
up on the Oregon coast. His family
has been involved in the wood products
industry since the turn of the
century. He has been boating coastal
rivers since the 50's and has firsthand
experience about what makes a boat
work. Ray is an extraordinary woodworker
and can turn a functional work
boat into a thing of beauty.
up on the lakes around Puget Sound
and also has boating in his blood.
He started his fishing career in
an old cedar planked boat, much
the same as the original McKenzie
boats. A Deschutes River guide
since 1980, he has owned all types
of river boats.
and Ray teamed up in 1988,
when Cy decided that life was too
short to spend any more river time
in anything but a wood boat. Cy
was in the acoustic instrument
construction and repair business
in the '70's and brought his unique
skill to the boat shop. Between
the two of them, Cy and Ray have
brought the boat selection and
designs to what they are today.
Ray and Cy incorporated
in 1995 under the name Woodrow,
are still known as Ray's
have repaired or maintained most
professional boat builders' designs,
as well as many of the "home-builts".
Our experience in repair work has
given us a vast knowledge about
the wooden river drift boat. As
a result of this knowledge we are
able to offer a superior boat and
kit product when compared to other
builders' efforts. We are the only
full time professional wood drift
boat builders in existence today.