Due to Covid-19, our hours of business and operations may be affected beyond our control. The workshop is open strictly by appointment only, and with Covid-safe practices. Masks must be worn at all times. Sanitiser is available for use. Please do not enter our workshop. We ask for your understanding and co-operation through these difficult times and wish all of our customers well.



Meet us

Aaron Stroud


about Aaron

He is a real local, and grew up in Lakes Entrance and went to school there.

Aaron did his apprenticeship in upholstery using traditional techniques.  He has now been working in Lakes Entrance  and surrounding area for over 25 years.

This means he brings a wealth of skill, local knowledge as well as experience to your job.

He is a highly skilled craftsman. Aaron personally completes all the work on your covers, from start to finish, so you are assured of the highest standard of work.

Canvas Barn Marine Trimming  specialises in high quality marine trimming. Aaron still does some specialist upholstery jobs, for art projects and antique work.

Aaron Stroud is an active member of Specialised Textiles Association (STA). He serves as a committee member for the Marine Fabricator  division. He regularly travels in Australia and abroad to give instruction to other trimmers to raise the skill set across the industry. He is currently preparing to undertake his Master Craftsman Certificate, held by only a handful of craftsmen in the world.

When designing a boat cover, Aaron starts with the end in mind. He looks at the lines of the boat. He looks at the structure and materials used in the boat and recommends fabrics that complement the boat and the way you use it. He thinks about where and how the boat is moored or stored and what special circumstances there might be. Is it very windy? Is there a lot of sun from one side? Is the water pooling on your old cover? Do you need access at a certain point? He wants to solve your problems, and make you boat look great.

When manufacturing your cover, Aaron works carefully to make sure every stitch is exactly right. He uses PTFE thread for a long life and superior UV resistance. He checks that the seams face the right way, so water runs off your cover. He stands back and takes a long hard look at it again. So, at the end of the job, there’s a sense of pride in a job well done


Office Manager

about Kym

She moved to East Gippsland in 2008 to join the team at Canvas Barn Marine Trimming.

She grew up in Queensland, and spent a lot of her childhood around boats. Her mum taught her to sew, and helped develop her sense of what works well. Today, she works with Aaron in all aspects of design, and installation, and loves helping you decide what fabrics will suit your boat. She’s mostly in the office, keeping the business ship-shape!

In 2017, Kym received the Specialised Textiles Association “Woman of the Year” award for her work in the textiles industry.


Worksop Dog

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Zip joined Canvas Barn Marine Trimming in 2012 and has been a real asset to the team. She works hard at sleeping, chasing rabbits and finding the warm spot in the sun. Favourite food… meat and bones. She loves boating, trout fishing and camping on her days off. You’ll find her most days in the workshop.

Genny Taku


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Her apprentice, Genny Taku, arrived at Canvas Barn Marine Trimming in July 2018. She is learning quickly how to be a workshop dog and loves helping out in the office as well. She occasionally posts ridiculously bad jokes on our Facebook Page

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