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I built this woodstripper about 12 years ago. I just discovered Lumberjocks, so be patient with me. I need to catch up on some of my projects. There were 5 of us total, so we made 5 canoes and shared the costs of the strongback (structure) and other shared materials. This is a 16 foot Chestnut Prospector made of western red cedar. It has a couple of redwood racing strips down the side. The inside and out has a layer of fiberglass with hardened epoxy. I used a spar vanish on top of that. My father-in-law helped me cane the seats. It took the entire summer to make 5. I think we worked on it for an hour and then drank beer for two hours. It was a lot of fun. We each trimmed out our boats a bit differently. My boat is trimmed out with birch. That was a project I'll never forget. I took the canoe out last year - it still floats. I get a lot of hoots and hollars.

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Very nice looking canoe, very good build
 

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Really great looking canoe!
 

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Awsome, that looks like a lot of fun.
 

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Thats a really nice canoe, I bet thats a lot of fun to use too!
 

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Great job Tim!. That looks like a blast to build. It looks fantastic…thanks for posting it.
 

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Prospector is a nice shape. Looks good. Did you make the yoke and seats as well? I'm curious because I'd like to make a yoke and could use some pointers.
 

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Beautiful canoe. Thank you for sharing.
 

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Very cool! I have been planning on building a canoe for years now. What did the cedar cost you?
 

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Nice canoe - I like the fact that you even caned the seats. Canoes are great.
 

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"Prospector" got my attention as I have own ed two chestnuts over the years. Making five must have been fun with a lot of commeradie too.
 

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great job. I've always wanted to build a canoe but simply don't have the room to keep it set up for as long as needed. I love the looks
 

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Great work!

Thanks for the post

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Thanks for all the comments.

Rob - yes, I made the seats and yoke out of birch. I added a brass metal strip on the ends that runs from the top on the way down (underneath). The brass strip is about 5 feet long on each end. It protects the ends a bit as you approach shore. It gives it a little razzle and dazzle as well. I made a trip to Chicago to pick up the brass strip. This was before the Internet really took off.

I made a three foot replica of the Chestnut Prospector out of some old wood blinds, with a walnut racing strip. This was before I had kids, when I had plenty of time on my hands. It hangs in my shop. I'll try to capture it once I take some workshop pictures.
 

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you must be SO proud of this… it's gorgeous and it sounds like your life is filled with memories of the building process!
 

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Yes - I have a lot of memories with this project. The five of us get together to reminisce from time to time, over a beer of course. We made a lot of sawdust that summer.
 

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I did one of those a few years ago same model. It paddles great. Did you use Bear Mountain Canoe Plans

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That's one nice looking canoe! Great job.
 

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Quebecnewf - I don't recall the name of the book. I don't believe it was Bear Mountain Canoe. All I remember was plotting a lot of points on paper to create the design and stations of the strongback. When I built the 3-foot replica, I got smarter and used some computer software, which I then converted the 16-foot measures down to 3-foot and printed the stations out on paper.
 

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Amazing canoe you got there!
 
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