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I started this project a couple of years ago and have since went back to college so it has been slow going but I am finally taking a summer off so I got it finished up just in time to launch on father's day.

Hull is Douglas Fir with African mahogany gunwales, seats and thwart decks with wenge trim, a little cedar and ash in the stems, and maple seat hangers.

Used the Hiawatha plan from Ted Moore's Canoe Craft book.

"Link to full gallery on icloud here": https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B0sG6XBubwICKd

Slide Show and Launch here

Full build write-up here

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What a beauty.
 

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beautiful boat. Must be a joy to use. You have a right to be very proud.
 

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Wow that Fir looks great, nice job!
 

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Looks a little out of place with that background in the picture…. but oh my, there is nothing much prettier than a strip built boat! Piece of art! Congratulation.. yes sir you have every right to be very proud!
 

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That should be framed and hung on a wall where art belongs.
 

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That should be framed and hung on a wall where art belongs.

- Gerald Thompson
Disagree! It is living art!
 

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That is absolutely gorgeous! I hope you get to enjoy it for years.
 

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Tyler that canoe is absolutely magnificent! What a beautiful piece of craftsmanship. It's very apparent that you and your children will have a life time of memories to cherish. Well Done my friend, very well done indeed!
 

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I watched the video and your craftsmanship is wonderful, your choice of music for the video…not so much. lol
 

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One Beautiful Canoe. Congratulations, you stayed the course with a great ending, job well done.
 

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Wow. I wouldn't know where to start, beautiful piece of work
 

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That is one beautiful work of art. Excellent job.
 

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Gorgeous canoe. That is definitely several steps above the rest of the canoes that you see. I can see why it takes a couple of years to build.

One question - where are the life jackets? I just heard on my local news that the search and rescue folks are looking for 1 of 4 people that fell into the Rock River when their canoe capsized. None of them were wearing life jackets.
 

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Very nicely done. Congrats on a great looking canoe.
 

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One question - where are the life jackets? I just heard on my local news that the search and rescue folks are looking for 1 of 4 people that fell into the Rock River when their canoe capsized. None of them were wearing life jackets.

- EarlS
That is a very good point and I don't have a great excuse. I forgot them at home. We normally all wear life jackets and right after we took some pictures, paddled across to the restaurant and ate, we went home and got them before we went back out. I would not condone it, and I was a bit frustrated that we forgot, but we did have 2 canoes out on the water with 3 adults and all three of the kids know how to swim and spend a good deal of time on the water. Also, this is Lady Bird lake in Austin. It is very calm, pretty shallow and heavily populated.
 
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