Cedar Strip Canoe

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Project by Eric posted 11-02-2013 06:58 AM 6911 views 9 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ever since I was a teenager I always wanted to build a cedar strip canoe. My dog’s veterinarian had showed me his and I always thought about that canoe and how hard it must have been to make it. Well now I have a shop of my own and I needed a new canoe. I was looking into buying one and that memory of the vet’s canoe came to light and I decided to build my own.

With a cedar mill just down the road it was time take the plunge. I had found some free plans online to build a 13’ canoe so I thought I would give it a try with a smaller canoe.

Because I made my forms by eye, it was a little difficult during the build because as I learned your canoe is only as good as the forms you build them on. Unfortunately there are a few mistakes but thats why it was a practice canoe. Asides from the few flaws it is an amazingly stable canoe and I have spent many hours in it this last summer and am very happy with the results. I know it will last me for years to come

I have now found a book written by Gil Gilpatrick How to build a strip canoe that comes with 8 full size plans for the forms and very eager to build a bigger and better canoe.

I also made a video of the entire build, in time lapse of course, and posted it on you tube. Here is the link.
Hope you enjoy. Thanks

It holds a good load of firewood too. lol

And I get a lot of looks when on the truck. Such a good feeling.

-- Eric the "Fabbrocator" Fabbro

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#1 posted 11-02-2013 07:58 AM

That is one fantastic looking canoe. I really enjoyed the time lapse video for someone as ignorant about the process as I am it is fascinating just to see the basics of how it’s done.

-- Ted

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#2 posted 11-02-2013 08:24 AM

It dit take a few moths to build in my wifes carport so the worst part was the question every day (Are you almost done?!) but she was very supportive of the whole project and even gave a hand in the build once or twice.

Thanks you very much for the comment.

-- Eric the "Fabbrocator" Fabbro

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#3 posted 11-02-2013 09:49 AM

Very Nice build indeed, Bet your glad you didnt build it in the basement

-- I Saw What I See

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#4 posted 11-02-2013 10:35 AM

Very nice canoe, the cedar looks great…excellent job.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#5 posted 11-02-2013 10:35 AM

Excellent! – Loved the video as well! – Very nice build!


-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#6 posted 11-02-2013 10:58 AM

Great looking masterpiece, excellent build. The video was great as well. Enjoy your work of art.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#7 posted 11-02-2013 11:16 AM

Watched your video. Looks like you had fun building it. Nice job man.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#8 posted 11-02-2013 11:30 AM

beautiful canoe, i look forward to seeing your next one

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

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#9 posted 11-02-2013 11:57 AM

This is really awesome. However, there’s better ways to haul logs. :-)

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 11-02-2013 12:01 PM

Very nice work.You are too modest. If it has flaws, I sure can’t see them.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 11-02-2013 12:32 PM

This is amazing!!! Great job….

-- Dana

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#12 posted 11-02-2013 12:41 PM

Great job.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#13 posted 11-02-2013 01:09 PM

Very, very cool.

-- I started out with nothing and I still have most of it left.

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#14 posted 11-02-2013 01:53 PM

Way Cool !!!Nice job…Way Cool video’s also…

-- Dennis Stallings; I am what I am,And that's all what I am...

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#15 posted 11-02-2013 01:58 PM

Amazing. Love it.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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