Production

About Us

Silverbirch canoes are owned and operated by passionate paddlers James Dennis & Steve Childs.

Both James & Steve are involved in every aspect of the day to day business – from production management to product design, research & development, and quality control – ensuring their obsessive attention to detail in design not only spills across into the end product but to the entire ethos of the company.

As an extension of this attention to detail every canoe is made in our own purpose built production facility in Norfolk, United Kingdom by skilled craftsmen. Our industry leading quality control system digitally records every aspect of a canoe’s production and testing process, ensuring consistent quality and full traceability of materials.

All new designs undergo a rigorous testing and set up process before production begins. We optimise plastic distribution to ensure boats are as durable and light as possible, and tune the cook cycle to ensure the polymer is perfectly cured. Every production canoe is then tested at QC for peace of mind.

We are a paddler run company, designing and manufacturing boats we love and are proud of, and we intend to remain that way!

 

Design:

 

Every Silverbirch canoe is designed in-house by James & Steve and nothing goes to production without extensive product testing utilizing a mixture of individual customers, industry professionals, brand ambassadors, and our team paddlers to ensure varied, honest, and complete feedback.

Every Silverbirch canoe is drawn and faired at full size using traditional wooden battens. These graceful lines are then scanned at full size and imported into CAD, where we use them to build highly accurate 3D models of the finished canoe.

This fusion of techniques allows us to develop designs with the speed, efficiency, and accuracy of CAD modeling whilst still retaining all the benefits of traditional, time-honored craftsmanship. 

 

Production:

 

Every canoe is manufactured in our own purpose built production facility in the heart of the Norfolk countryside.

Every aspect of our production facility is bespoke in design to build the best canoes possible, from our custom oven control systems, to our digital quality control process, to our innovative proprietary mould designs – which are also designed and finished onsite to ensure they work seamlessly with our canoe designs, chosen polymer, and oven environment.

 

Plastic:

 

Not all plastics are equal!

We work tirelessly with several polymer companies around the world; not only to use the best polymer alloys available, but to lead our industry in terms of polymer developments and production processes.

We monitor and review every oven cycle – not only to we are getting the most from these great materials, but so we can continually learn from them – there is always a way to improve!

Our unique approach to production, combined with this passion for polymer development has allowed us to develop class leading materials such as; duratough, duralite, and hydrolite

 

Environment:

 

We take the environmental impact and sustainability of our company very seriously – that’s why you won’t catch us making canoes or accessory items from recycled materials!

Recycled plastic has vastly reduced impact and UV resistance and whilst things can be done to improve this an amount, it will still not be as durable as virgin material – even with vast amounts of energy used in the re-processing, which obviously compounds the problem further!

It does not mean the end of the road for our scrap and recycled materials however. Some uses do not have the same demands in terms of UV and impact resistance, and so we use our recovered materials to make tanks for a local agricultural firm. These tanks are hidden from high impacts and harsh UV light, and so are an ideal second home for these recycled materials.

You can broadly sum up our Environmental policy as follows:

  1. Make the lightest, most durable products possible (REDUCE)
  2. Re-purpose scrap and unused materials where possible, for example re-using supplier packaging (REUSE)
  3. Recycle, but only if sustainable to do so (RECYCLE)