Cedar Strip Canoe

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Project by Jim1368 posted 09-07-2015 11:45 PM 4806 views 14 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A 16 foot, 35 inch beam Chestnut Prospector canoe from a design drawing by Bear Mountain Boats made from Western Red Cedar with Ash stems, seats, gunwales ,thwart and accent strips. This is a 1/4 inch thick strip design with mating bead and cove edges, fiberglass, epoxy, then varnish. The strips were milled from approximately 50 board feet of lumber. No staples were used in laying down the strips. It took 2 years to complete, however, there were numerous months during which no work was completed on it. Hand carved one piece cherry paddles.

-- Jim, Vancouver

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#1 posted 09-08-2015 02:12 AM

That’s a real beauty Jim. Sweet lines and nice details. Artistic use of the different cedar hues. Well done.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#2 posted 09-08-2015 02:34 AM

Beautiful job man.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#3 posted 09-08-2015 05:34 AM

Great job! I bought the Cedar for mine 20 years ago maybe some day? Did you just tape the strips together?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 09-08-2015 06:43 AM

Wow, beautiful

-- Dreaming patterns

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Jim Rowe

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#5 posted 09-08-2015 08:11 AM

That looks superb! I would be afraid of getting it scratched if it were mine. Most envious.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#6 posted 09-08-2015 08:28 AM

Great job! Looks like a really fun project.

-- Patrick Parson Workshop

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#7 posted 09-08-2015 12:50 PM

exceptional, really beautiful, great job, you will enjoy every moment paddling her! and the compliments you will get every time you take her out for a spin….

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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Mainiac Matt

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#8 posted 09-08-2015 01:32 PM

Beautiful job,

It is definitely on my bucket list to make one some day.

How much does it weigh?

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#9 posted 09-08-2015 01:47 PM

Wonderful job.

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#10 posted 09-08-2015 04:05 PM

Very nice! I love the look of wooden kayaks, canoes and other boats.

I made the same boat 5 years ago. It was a great project to do.

-- Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority it is time to pause and reflect. Mark Twain

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#11 posted 09-08-2015 04:10 PM

Great work and beautiful result.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#12 posted 09-08-2015 04:12 PM

That is absolutely beautiful. I’m planning future builds of a cedar strip canoe and kayak. The skill and patience and craftsmanship in yours is amazing

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#13 posted 09-08-2015 07:00 PM

Beautiful job, Nice….

-- Guy,PEI

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#14 posted 09-08-2015 07:09 PM

Very pretty!!!

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#15 posted 09-08-2015 08:02 PM

Wonderfull! Well done. Canoes have some of the sexist shapes of all watercraft, and yours does them no shame.


-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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