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I built this Pirogue or “Cajun Canoe” from plans that I purchased from “Uncle John’s” on the WWW. It’s made from 2 sheets of 1/4” marine grade plywood, cyprus framing, pine gunnels & keel, lots of epoxy & some mixed up left over laytex paint. I modified these plans extensively & had a load of fun building the pirogue.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#1 posted 2304 days ago

Pretty cool boat. It’s amazing what you can get plans for.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Earle Wright

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#2 posted 2304 days ago

Ol’ Thibideau, him don’t pole no pirogue on da bayou! (for Charlie’s benefit)


-- Earle Wright, Lenoir City, Tennessee

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#3 posted 2304 days ago

Earl, you left off the “x”. Thibedeaux. That’s Boudreaux’s mon ami. And neither one of them ever had a piroque as fancy as this. Very nice job Frank.

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#4 posted 2304 days ago

cool boat!!! how does it sail? and what seperates a Pirogue from a canoe—-does it have a flat bottom???

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 2304 days ago

Great job Frank.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#6 posted 2304 days ago

Hi Frank,

That is a nice boat. It is in the water so I assume that you were able to try it out. :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 2304 days ago


I use paddles & since it does have a flat bottom it moves about like a smooth bottom canoe. Stiff winds can push it around a bit.


Yep I used it. It will hold two adult men or one adult man & camping gear & supplies. I actually don’t own it any more. Since it’s a pretty fair replica of the craft that were used in this area 200 years ago, I donated it to a local historic site & plan on using the lessons learned by building this pirogue on a “new & improved” model.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#8 posted 2186 days ago

always a boat I wanted to build find that the technique for manufacture is very interesting has to make.afflicted for L English J have still much has to make . beautiful work

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#9 posted 1716 days ago

Great looking boat, what are your dimensions?

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#10 posted 1716 days ago

Thanks… It’s 15 feet 10 inches long, by 32 inches across the beam, & 11 inches deep. If I do another pirogue I will put in less “rocker” & make the sides 14 to 16 inches deep.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#11 posted 1684 days ago

Nice! John.

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#12 posted 516 days ago

Very nice! I have been eyeballing cedar strip canoes, but I have avoided them finding them cost prohibitive. Maybe this is the better route to take. Very nice and purposeful!

-- I make sawdust. I think thats a fair assessment of my finished products!

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