|Project by lobbster||posted 11-12-2007 01:00 AM||8121 views||8 times favorited||25 comments|
I built this canoe over a 3 year period while we lived in the desert of Southwest Texas. It was inspiration to get out of the place we were living and to the Pacific Northwest where I could use the thing.
At the time, Redwood was readily available at Home Depot in 1×6 stock. It was the best lumber I could find at the time short of custom ordering cedar or spruce. I bought what I needed and milled up the 1/4×3/4 inch strips for the body. The gunwales are ash. The bow and stern pieces were made by steaming 3 strips of ash and bending them over a form. The decks are oak. The moon and star carvings were a gift I received when traveling in Eastern Africa. The symbol is one that is displayed on the sides of Dhows (traditional Arab sailing vessel). I took many trips by dhow while I was traveling. The seats are canvas. The canoe is 17’6”.
The whole canoe is sealed in fiberglass cloth and epoxy resin then finished with spar varnish.
I have to say I knew little about woodworking and even less about boat building when I started this project. I was with my wife at Barnes and Noble perusing the woodworking books when I came across a book called Canoecraft. It has several different canoe designs as well as kayaks and rowers. My mother taught me at a young age that I could do whatever I wanted and there was probably a book to tell me how. That was one of the best lessons I ever learned.
-- lobbster, Oregon, www.michaellobby.com