Local man builds canoe

Dale Ellis, of Neosho, has had a woodworking hobby for over 10 years and in March 2021, decided to take that to the next level. 

With a love for canoeing and getting out on the water, Ellis decided to make his own wood canoe. 

“I make a lot of tables, benches, porch swings, chairs, and more,” said Ellis. “I make a lot of stuff and I give a lot of stuff away after I’m done.” 

Ellis is now retired, but has spent his career doing different things over the years like management and landscaping, among others. 

“Making a canoe is something I’ve always wanted to do, and I finally decided to do it,” said Ellis. 

Ellis started canoeing when he was 20-year-old and joined a canoe club in Kansas City. 

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