|Project by Bill Duane Brooks||posted 08-29-2014 08:31 PM||2463 views||8 times favorited||16 comments|
I had wanted to build a wood strip canoe for a long time. I read about them, thought about them, bought books on how to do them, bought patterns of some successful ones but I finally realized that I wouldn’t have a place to really enjoy it here in dry West Texas. So I decided to make a scale model of one instead, made exactly the same as a full sized one but to approximately 1/3 size. With the smaller one I could have the experience and still enjoy the canoe by displaying it in my office. Length is 80”, width is 13”
I used several woods for the canoe including mahogany, padauk, purple heart, oak, bass wood, maple and bocote. The craft is finished with hand rubbed lacquer. The paddles are made to scale from purple heart and bass wood. The seats are woven nylon twine.
A dedicated display stand was made of mahogany. It has yokes that fit the contour of the bottom of the canoe, turned legs and fitted mortise and tenon joints with pins.