Jeanne is a full-time wood-canvas canoe builder and runs her business, Bourquin Boats, from her workshop in Ely. She began her canoe building career by repairing her own wood-canvas canoe in the early 1980s. In 1985, she built her first wood-canvas canoe with Jerry Stelmok. Since then she has been hooked, and has been building and repairing canoes in her Ely shop. She is known among canoe builders for her care in construction and finishing details.