Hello Dory Lovers

 Welcome to Dory Land – a note from Andy

I’ve been building, rowing and following this passion since I first laid eyes on whitewater dories in a book entitled Hidden Canyon, by John Blaustein.  I then saw these boats on the water, back in 1982, and fell immediately in love from my simple kayak.

Since finishing my first dory in 1990, I’ve shaped 20+ of these boats, one hull at a time for folks who wish to realize that same dream. From patterned kits to shaped hulls and highly customized fishing or whitewater dories, I am at your service.  I also specialize in boat repairs and renovation of historic dories and driftboats. Also, I’m your source for oars, trailers and other hard-to-find accessories, such as oarlock stands, custom oar wraps, lettering and artwork. Get in touch and I’ll assist you with your dream boat.

High Desert Dories LogoContact Andy Hutchinson, sole-proprietor


(970) 882-3448


Hello Dory Lovers — 2 Comments

  1. John’s photos of the canyon the boats and Ed Abbey’s prose sealed the deal for me. I’m always picking up this book and thumbing through, and re-reading it. Very Geek-like, but Ya’ gotta love it. I was so stoked when John re-published it, installed new pictures and even got old Martin Litton to re-write the intro. The question is: Who’s going to write that book? The one about Martin? Not an easy task, but it’s inevitable. He’s one of the guys on my “medal”.

  2. Yeah. John Blaustein is one of my favorite photographers, and “Hidden Canyon” is a timeless book. So that book changed your life?

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