Cedar Strip Canoe

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This is a cedar strip canoe that my wife built and I helped. Well, that’s her story anyway ;). It took about 5 months, just weekends, 4 years ago. We get a lot of second looks when it’s on top of the truck.

My daughter was visiting and helped cut the planks from a single 18’ clear cedar 5/4 X 8 and then helped bead and cove all the planks. She stayed long enough to help build the frame mold and put on the first plank. The rest was my wife and I.

The planks (strips) are all cedar except 4 of mahogany for accent. The decks and outwales are ipe, the inwales are mahogany and the ash seats I purchased pre-caned. The bolts holding the seats are home made for a rustic look.

-- Michael R. Harvey - Brewster, NY - - -

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#1 posted 03-16-2008 07:10 PM

That is very cool. Nice accents.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 03-16-2008 07:30 PM

Boy, that is just lovely. Nice work.

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#3 posted 03-16-2008 07:51 PM

Very nice canoe. I have looked at building a canoe/kayak for many years but just haven’t built up enough nerve. Also a big enough area is of concern.

I see you cut your on strips. I really like that idea. So many of the canoe builders just buy the strips already bead and coved. Did you have much trouble cutting the strips? Did you use a table saw or band saw? Router table for the cove and beads I assume? And how about the epoxy? West system or another?

What plans did you use? I have looked at most of the Bear Mountain plans, and I have a copy of Canoe Craft, one fine piece of literature…....

Nice job on your canoe, Thanks for shareing….And welcome to the LumberJocks site, you will love it here.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 03-16-2008 08:23 PM

That is a wonderful canoe and it was nice of your wife to let you help in building it.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 03-16-2008 11:46 PM

Very nice! I built one many years ago, much like yours. I used 4 oz fiberglass cloth, total weight around 50 lbs., 18 ft. At that time I belong to the Minnesota Canoe Assocation, a lot of help. Also at that time there were a lot in the club that made their own paddles. Some of those paddles were so nice you would think that they should only be for show.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#6 posted 03-16-2008 11:47 PM

For me this is absolutely remarkable. Gosh I believe this is so awesome. I would love to be able to do something like this! I am waaaay to jealous for my own good. You ought to come to my neck of the woods. We have some lakes that allow only trolling motors or none at all, such as Echo Lake (Beautiful)Silver lake. Yes this is the country for this canoe!!! Yep that is way to cool.

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#7 posted 03-17-2008 12:43 AM

No you need to come to this part of the country. A ride up the Snake River Canyon is just what that canoe is made for! I’ve been thinking of a wooden boat for years now….someday.

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#8 posted 03-17-2008 01:37 AM

wow nice canoe. thats something you can really enjoy. great job.

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#9 posted 03-17-2008 01:40 AM

i love canoes great job ! allison and dennis are both wrong , bring that thing to fla ! lol we have man eating scenery thatll give you new reason not to tip it over ! lol


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#10 posted 03-17-2008 10:04 AM

Beautiful canoe – but mrtrim showed the reason that I don’t canoe. We have gators here in SE Louisiana too.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#11 posted 03-17-2008 11:28 AM

Very very pretty canoe! Love the color and finish, shape, all of it! Wonderful.

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#12 posted 03-17-2008 02:57 PM

Thanks for the invites guys. We have plenty of spots around here though. One such spot can be seen here. We also take it to Algonquin park in central Ontario every year.

Regarding paddling with gators goes, been there, done that. One time we rented a canoe during the end of the dry season on a pond near Flamingo Fla. The swamp was drying up so there were both gators and crocks everywhere. Interesting experience. As long as they think you’re bigger than them (14’ gator vs 16’ canoe) they won’t bother you.

-- Michael R. Harvey - Brewster, NY - - -

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#13 posted 03-17-2008 07:39 PM

Here in Minnesota we have a horse fly that could swallow that gator.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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Paul M

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#14 posted 03-20-2008 01:08 AM

Something about a wood, or wood canvas canoe that the metal or plastic ones just do not have!
Clean fair lines making them both a pleasure to see and paddle.
I for one still favor a bamboo fly rod, just seems right.

-- Paul from New England "No man is a failure who is enjoying life". William Feather

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