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I had her off the trailer this weekend while it carried my red cedar canoe to the Paint Rock River so I thought I would get some pictures.
She's built by Gil Gilpatricks Puddle Duck Plan. Gil states in his book Building A Strip Canoe that he's a "big" canoe man. I respect this but at my age lightweight is my first priority. she has 2 seats and will carry my wife and I and weekend camping gear with no problem.
Gils book has a chapter on caning seats which I think look awesome so I drilled my seat frames to accomodate caning.
Before I could order the cane some buddies wanted to make a trip on the Sipsey river so I bought some lime green cord and "temporarily" wove my seats. It proved so comfortable I did the same on my next canoe.
She's built of western red cedar from homer depot without bead and cove edges. I bought a bead and cove bit for my last canoe and HIGHLY recommend it.
Overall length 14' 6" weight about 50#
I think any one interested in a strip canoe can build one. Having a helper with the fiberglass is nice.
Note; I found 16' red oak at the Hardwood Center in Scottsboro, Al if this helps any one in the Tennessee Valley.
Thanks for looking and enjoy paddlin thru Gods Beautiful creation.

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Nice. Wish I had time to join you using it.
 

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That's a beautiful canoe. I've had the plans to build a strip canoe for years, but somehow I've never started building one. It's on my list of things to build!
 

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Very nice job. I am sure y'all will get a lot of enjoyment and use out of it. Not to mention all the positive comments you will receive.
 

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excellent job bowtie, looks like alot of fun !!! I know you will enjoy it !!
 

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Thanks yall, I've always loved floating and fishing small creeks and rivers only accesible with small canoes or boats.
 

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I just know that if I built something that beautiful I wouldn't want to put it in the water.
 

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very nice canoe. Someday…..............................
 

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That is SO cool, and it only weighs 50#? I would love to have your talent as this looks involved to me (and I HATE working with fiberglass).The last time I had that gooey crap everywhere. You done good here.
 

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This canoe stuff is over the top! Great work!
 

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WOW, this is one beautiful work of art. Congratulations and enjoy God's great outdoors!
 

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Very nice looking Ceder strip canoe. I built two about 35 years ago. The first one was my own plans, not a good idea. I used 7 1/2 oz fiberglass. It was around 80 pounds and went through the water like a battleship. The second one was much better. I used the plans from the Minnesota Canoe association. I used 4 1/2 oz fiberglass and it was around 50 pounds. It went through the water very smooth.
You now have a show piece and will get a lot of good comments. The only thing about a ceder strip canoe, iif you want to keep it looking nice, is you have to get your feet wet and be very carefull how you put it in and take it out of the water. It is not like an aluminum canoe that you drag in and out of the water.
Also, have you thought about making your own paddles?
 

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great job!!! I love it!!
 

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Since you're from North Alabama, I assume that you named it after the Sipsey River in Bankhead Forest? I know that river well. It is my family's favorite place to canoe. We even named our Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Sipsey.
 

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HallTree your right, I have some terrible scratches from rocks but I made them to enjoy. I only have 1 double paddle I've made and it ain't pretty. One day…..
DWhitt, Isn't the Ripsey River beautiful!
 

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Sweet looking ride! Looks like a ton of work, but definately a finished project to be proud of!

Hey, if you paddled the paint rock this weekend, I may have seen your truck at a put in way up north? wife and I live a mile from the river near 'Swaim'.

Sounds like you and I also shop at the same hardwood store! :) awesome place in the middle of nowhere, huh?

take care,
 

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Very nice, I expect you will have a great time using this.
 
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