Wood Strip Canoe

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Project by Bill Duane Brooks posted 08-29-2014 08:31 PM 3828 views 8 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had wanted to build a wood strip canoe for a long time. I read about them, thought about them, bought books on how to do them, bought patterns of some successful ones but I finally realized that I wouldn’t have a place to really enjoy it here in dry West Texas. So I decided to make a scale model of one instead, made exactly the same as a full sized one but to approximately 1/3 size. With the smaller one I could have the experience and still enjoy the canoe by displaying it in my office. Length is 80”, width is 13”

I used several woods for the canoe including mahogany, padauk, purple heart, oak, bass wood, maple and bocote. The craft is finished with hand rubbed lacquer. The paddles are made to scale from purple heart and bass wood. The seats are woven nylon twine.

A dedicated display stand was made of mahogany. It has yokes that fit the contour of the bottom of the canoe, turned legs and fitted mortise and tenon joints with pins.

-- duane

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#1 posted 08-29-2014 09:47 PM

WOW!!! Fantastic job!! I love the contrasting colors. I have considered building a smaller one to use as a coffee table. If you are anything like me you now have the fever. I have built two thus far (one 16’, and one 13 1/2’) and can’t wait to start another. Great looking paddles you have too. That is one beautiful canoe, thanks for posting it.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#2 posted 08-29-2014 10:25 PM

Now that’s what I call great thinking. I have done all you mentioned in the first sentence except I don’t have a place large enough to build or store one. I think you may have just provide me with a solution. Thanks. A beautiful canoe well crafted!!!

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 08-29-2014 11:55 PM

That is a work of art.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#4 posted 08-30-2014 12:23 AM

That is so beautiful. I hope you get it wet. I would be so pleasant to push that through the water.

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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#5 posted 08-30-2014 12:34 AM

W O W! Duane, that’s absolutely beautiful! How long did it take you to complete this?

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#6 posted 08-30-2014 12:55 AM

Thanks to all for your kind words and encouragement. This was more than a weekend project but once I started I knew I had to plow ahead. Even though I had read some of the books for building full sized canoes there was still a learning curve. All in all it took about 6 months to complete.

-- duane

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#7 posted 08-30-2014 01:12 AM

wow! Very pretty. Love the accent stripes.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#8 posted 08-30-2014 01:51 AM

she’s beautiful

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#9 posted 08-30-2014 02:13 AM

Wow – your canoe is a work of art – great job!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#10 posted 08-30-2014 02:52 AM

Great job!

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#11 posted 08-30-2014 05:18 AM

A beautiful model!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#13 posted 08-30-2014 03:40 PM

Which plans did you use? The shape is just right. Looks amazing, good job!

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#14 posted 08-30-2014 04:52 PM

Absolutely AMAZING

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#15 posted 09-02-2014 04:09 PM

Beautiful work. I’ve built a strip kayak and know what it takes to do this. A canoe is in the future plans.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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