• Achieving excellence

    Published On: July 1, 2024Categories: Exterior and Cover, Projects

    The author says that always striving to do your best work, with the best materials, on each project means you'll always have happy customers. If you read this magazine with any regularity, you will see many examples of excellence on these pages. These artistic fabricators are perfectionists when it comes to the art of canvas [...]

  • Designing and building a new seat from scratch

    Published On: July 1, 2024Categories: Interiors & Upholstery, Projects

    The design inspiration for how to shape and build the new aft bench was taken from the boat’s existing front bucket seats. Using the angles and shapes from those cushions helped the team visualize the shape of a new aft bench. Where do you begin when you have a blank slate? We recently had a [...]

  • Marine fabric-fitting techniques

    Published On: May 1, 2024Categories: Exterior and Cover, Projects

    A perfect fit using the actual finish-fabric to produce the pattern produces a perfect fit when finished. Most everyone is familiar with the term patterning: as in to make a pattern of something. Basic patterning requires a material with which to create the pattern such as a clear plastic like Canvex®, Tyvek® or even cardboard. [...]

  • Simplifying complex upholstery designs

    Published On: May 1, 2024Categories: Interiors & Upholstery, Projects

    This 32-foot Fountain project completed in 2010 remains one of the author's favorite designs to date. How does a company go from simple box cushions to complex designs? It is not as hard as you might think. Our shop, Paul’s Custom Canvas Inc., was opened in 1979 by my father, Paul Charpentier. Like most fabricators, [...]

  • Tailor-fitting a wrinkle-free front panel

    Published On: March 1, 2024Categories: Exterior and Cover, Projects

    Fabric fitting gives marine professionals complete control over the outcome of their enclosure panels. When my father started our boat canvas business in the early 1970s, he had no one to ask how to do things or how to improve the fit of a front panel. So we developed a fabric-fitting technique that allows you [...]

  • How to eliminate vertical darts

    Published On: March 1, 2024Categories: Interiors & Upholstery, Projects

    It’s possible to create canvas covers that appear almost seamless. Fitting with one piece of fabric and without vertical darts achieves an elegant look and saves time. Every canvas maker has a “thing” that bugs them. For me, it’s vertical darts. Whether they are on a cockpit cover along the curved windshield or around the [...]

  • Fabric-fitting perfect windshields

    Published On: January 1, 2024Categories: Exterior and Cover, Projects

    To detect wrinkles, look through the glass at objects in the background. Every fabricator seems to have issues fitting windshields, myself included. Over the past 20 years, I’ve developed some techniques to help make perfect windshields and I’d like to share them with you. Using one of our canvas training facility’s classroom models, we created [...]

  • Advanced sewing tips and techniques

    Published On: January 1, 2024Categories: Interiors & Upholstery, Projects

    Small, unflashy and even invisible techniques can create “aha” moments that help you achieve your desired results, such as how to find the corners on a cushion. Sewing has always been a part of my life. It’s second nature to me, much like playing music or singing is for others. And as with playing music [...]


    Published On: January 1, 2024Categories: Awards, Projects

    Marine Fabrication Canvas Barn Marine TrimmingSwan Reach, Vic., Australiacanvasbarn.com The owner wanted to replace his screen cover with something that would maintain the internal environment of the vessel at a relatively constant temperature year-round. He also wanted the cabin to feel light, with privacy. This custom three-piece insulated screen cover is easy to attach, remove [...]

  • Sailor-friendly sailboat dodger designs

    Published On: August 31, 2023Categories: Exterior and Cover, Projects

    This California-style dodger has five attachable panels that can be used in any configuration. California-style dodgers provide maximum flexibility for different sailing conditions. I have been a sailor longer than I have been a marine fabricator. In fact, being a sailor is how I got into this business. I often hear from fellow fabricators that the [...]