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Western Caribou Canoes, 'Death & Glory'

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Project by Tombombadill posted 09-19-2011 09:02 PM 2440 views 9 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over this past summer some friends and I decided to build a pair of ‘Skin on Frame’ canoes. We built the boats using an old Huron canoe as a mold to get the right lines and to steam bend frames over. The structure is entirely Douglas Fir glued and lashed together with nylon sinew, maple pegs, and copper rivets along the gunwale. We also used epoxy to screw/glue in the breast hooks. The skin is ballistic Nylon finished with 5 coats of marine varnish, the fir is oil finished. Upon completion we drove the canoes north, to embark on an 8 day tour of the Bowron lake circuit in the Cariboo region of British Columbia. The Canoes performed admirably, and exceeded our expectations!





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amagineer

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#1 posted 09-19-2011 09:25 PM

very impressive! There is nothing like getting back to nature then design, build, and use a a canoe. The Ballistic nylon skin looks very unique, and tougher then birch bark.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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shipwright

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#2 posted 09-19-2011 09:51 PM

Nice work, and so close to home too.
I checked out your website. We should go sailing together sometime, I’m just up the street.
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/37786

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglas boats he would have given us fibrerglas trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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longgone

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#3 posted 09-19-2011 10:51 PM

Great job. Some projects are just more fun than others and this looks like it might be one of those…I loke the translucent look of the skin when the light shines thru and exposes the frame…

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#4 posted 09-19-2011 11:22 PM

Very impressive work!

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog: http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com

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#5 posted 09-20-2011 12:12 AM

WOW. Nice job It looks great. That does look like fun.

-- Have a great day.

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#6 posted 09-20-2011 12:43 AM

great work :-)
congrat´s with the new toy´s
enjoy , enjoy , enjoy :-)

Dennis

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Uriel7

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#7 posted 09-20-2011 02:36 AM

Very nice. Beautiful boat.

Have you built many other boats before? Was this a challenging build? How about the total weight?

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dubsaloon

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#8 posted 09-20-2011 04:32 AM

I think they are wonderful. I’d like to build some for our Boy Scout Troop. Are there plans? I have some lofting frames for an ultralight canoe but with the boys being who they are they would make a mess of one in short order. Titanium frames and stainless skin, That might last a year.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#9 posted 09-20-2011 02:09 PM

Yea, this is just way to cool!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#10 posted 09-20-2011 03:18 PM

Those look light and beautiful, a wonderful project followed by what must a have been a very memorable
christening and use that hopefully if the first of many such voyages. I have a few hours in canoes, including
teaching/sharing boy scout usage and they are among my happier memories. Thank you for sharing this
project.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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mtenterprises

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#11 posted 09-20-2011 03:48 PM

EXCELANT! It is so satifying to build and use your own watercraft.
About 10 years ago I built skin on frame kayaks with my Boy Scouts. It only cost us slightly over $100 each in materials including wood, canvass, glue and paint. It was a fun project but with the boys goofing off it took way too much time. Stop by my Flickr picture site on yahoo and see what we built (and some of my other stuff too). http://www.flickr.com/photos/44216106@N07/5272461923/in/photostream

MIKE

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CaptainAhab

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#12 posted 09-20-2011 04:21 PM

Sweet! Looks much lighter than my cedar strip types.

-- Dave www.bluesagehues.com

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Tombombadill

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#13 posted 09-24-2011 07:32 PM

Thank you everyone!

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