While working with youth-at-risk in 1994, Mike and a colleague helped a group of boys build epoxy/cedar canoes before taking the group on a canoe trip. Soon afterwards, he was given a rotting wood-canvas canoe to restore. What started as a weekend hobby developed into the birth of Kettle River Canoes in 2003. The business started in the basement of the family home and soon expanded into a 900 square-foot workshop. Now, KRC is a stand-alone operation with 3.200 square-feet of space for displays, office, woodwork shop, finishing room and storage.