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Michael and Rachel Charlton in their
Yorktown, Va.-based shop, Charlton's
Marine Canvas. Having been in business
for four years, their projects have
won Awards of Excellence, Awards of
Achievement and Awards of Distinction
in both the 2020 and 2021 MFA
Fabrication Excellence Awards contest.

Elevate your canvas skills
Think outside the box.
By Mike Charlton

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" Canvas needs to
be aesthetically
pleasing or, as I
like to say, sexy. "

32 Marine Fabricator | May/June 2021

t Charlton's Marine Canvas
in Yorktown, Va., my wife,
Rachel Charlton, and I are
a two-person team, and we wouldn't
have it any other way. In our shop, we
like to think of our work as creative
art projects rather than products.
Every project is different. This mindset
helps us stay focused on creating new,
creative ways to fabricate outside
the box. We have a strong passion for
creating marine canvas. We strive to
push the limits with what can be done
with every project. We believe that in
our industry, we need to be consistently
thinking of how to improve and change
the way we fabricate to help ourselves
and other fabricators grow creatively
and take their skills to the next level.

Three keys to quality
I believe there are three major keys to
creating quality canvas. These key points
have no bearing on having a successful
business.You can have a successful
business and still produce low-quality
work. There is a large market for
inexpensive lesser-quality canvas. These
three keys are designed to help elevate
the quality of your canvas to a much
higher level. If applied properly, they
can make a significant difference in the
quality of the canvas you fabricate.
Key #1: Quality. Canvas needs to
be fabricated with quality materials that
will last the true test of time. Fabric
choice is crucial.You need to make
sure you choose the correct fabric for
the correct project. The construction



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