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  1. Building the Mattawa - a small tandem canoe

    I couldn't help myself. I had just finished building myself a basswood solo canoe and it got my girlfriend so excited that she wanted her own cedar strip canoe. We decided to build her a Mattawa which is a design by John Winters. I wrote about building it on my woodworking blog if you are...
  2. " Sipsey " My First Cedar Strip Canoe

    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...
  3. Douglas Fir and Mahogany Canoe (15' Hiawatha)

    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...
  4. Red Cedar Strip Canoe

    I built this canoe from storm downed red cedar and red oak milled with a chainsaw mill. She's my baby, 11' 7" in length. Easy to carry, a dream on the water. She's built from Gil Gilpatrick "puddle duck" forms from a previous build with some forms omitted and the spacing modified to achieve...
  5. time to paddle the canoe, not just yet

    Started this project on 1/21. She will be 19'. Didn't dream about making a 19 footer but after talking to a friend, I am. He mentioned that his father-in-law(Rex) made a few canoe and so the story begins. Met with Rex to pick his brain on the process any insights he had learned. By the end of...
  6. I think that grandpa would be proud

    Well after 4 months & some 200+ hours, my canoe is finished. What a project & learning experience. I enjoyed the challenge & that first paddle across the lake made it all worth it. For those that have followed the process bear with me. The hull is cedar with walnut & aspen accents. The aspen...
  7. Cedar Strip Canoe

    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...
  8. Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories
    As I continue to build my new shop I have many questions. Today the question is: is it easier for a fan to push or to suck air trough a filter? Or does it make no difference? The reason for my question is that ,as some of you already know, I want to install my dust collector and my air...
  9. Blogs
    The Wood I am building a canoe for my sister's boyfriend. He wants a sixteen footer. I am going with the Wabnaki model from Gil Gilpatrick's book. I've never done a blog before and am not real good with computers, but I will do my best. I'm going to start off with just a few things and if I see...
  10. Blogs
    The strongback and forms Several months ago I decided I was going to build a cedar strip canoe. I picked up Canoecaraft from Bear Mountain Boats and decided on the 15' Ranger. I drew out the station molds in October and then had to wait until after Christmas before I could start making any...
  11. Woodturning
    this is my first post so be kind! I inherited an old Delta woodturning lathe. I'm guessing it is at least 70 years old. I want to increase the swing of the lathe by machining riser blocks for the headstock and tail stock. The lathe bed is cast iron which sits on a "factory" supplied wood...
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