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 there is interest in this blog I will continue until it is done. So if anyone out there is interested just post and let me know and I will continue. So, first pic. is the white cedar I bought at a sawmill not far from home, he only saws cedar, but in all sizes.
He had a pallet of cedar right near where I had parked and it had all lengths on it. I chose 6’ boards because my shop is 20’x20’ and the shorter lumber is easier to move around in there. The boards are 4” wide (give or take 3/16” on some). I will try to get a better picture it. They are mostly clear. Only an occasional tiny knot here or there. I have my own sawmill so I seldom buy lumber, so I don’t know much about prices. I bought 60 board feet at $3.00 per, so the total for cedar was $180.00. Next job. plane it to the thickest I can get and have it smooth on both sides. If this blog continues the next step will be ripping the boards into strips. However, I will leave you with some pics of the pieces roughed out for the decks, and the seat frames. The wood on the left is Elm for the decks and maybe the yoke. On the right is yellow Birch. This is for the seat frames.
So, if anyone wants me to continue with this blog, and I can figure out what I’m doing I will post more.
-- Jeff in central Me.