" Sipsey " My First Cedar Strip Canoe

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Project by bowtie posted 04-29-2012 07:26 PM 5211 views 15 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had her off the trailer this weekend while it carried my red cedar canoe to the Paint Rock River so I thought I would get some pictures. She’s built by Gil Gilpatricks Puddle Duck Plan. Gil states in his book Building A Strip Canoe that he’s a “big” canoe man. I respect this but at my age lightweight is my first priority. she has 2 seats and will carry my wife and I and weekend camping gear with no problem. Gils book has a chapter on caning seats which I think look awesome so I drilled my seat frames to accomodate caning. Before I could order the cane some buddies wanted to make a trip on the Sipsey river so I bought some lime green cord and “temporarily” wove my seats. It proved so comfortable I did the same on my next canoe. She’s built of western red cedar from homer depot without bead and cove edges. I bought a bead and cove bit for my last canoe and HIGHLY recommend it.
Overall length 14’ 6” weight about 50#
I think any one interested in a strip canoe can build one. Having a helper with the fiberglass is nice.
Note; I found 16’ red oak at the Hardwood Center in Scottsboro, Al if this helps any one in the Tennessee Valley.
Thanks for looking and enjoy paddlin thru Gods Beautiful creation.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#1 posted 04-29-2012 07:39 PM

Nice. Wish I had time to join you using it.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 04-29-2012 07:45 PM

Beautiful, enjoy it!

-- Wood is not velveeta

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#3 posted 04-29-2012 07:46 PM


-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#4 posted 04-29-2012 08:16 PM

That’s a beautiful canoe. I’ve had the plans to build a strip canoe for years, but somehow I’ve never started building one. It’s on my list of things to build!

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#5 posted 04-29-2012 08:23 PM

Very nice job. I am sure y’all will get a lot of enjoyment and use out of it. Not to mention all the positive comments you will receive.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#6 posted 04-29-2012 09:12 PM

excellent job bowtie, looks like alot of fun !!! I know you will enjoy it !!

-- wild bill, Stapleton, Al

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#7 posted 04-29-2012 09:19 PM

Thanks yall, I’ve always loved floating and fishing small creeks and rivers only accesible with small canoes or boats.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#8 posted 04-30-2012 12:28 AM

I just know that if I built something that beautiful I wouldn’t want to put it in the water.

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#9 posted 04-30-2012 01:02 AM

very nice canoe. Someday…..............................

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#10 posted 04-30-2012 01:13 AM

That is SO cool, and it only weighs 50#? I would love to have your talent as this looks involved to me (and I HATE working with fiberglass).The last time I had that gooey crap everywhere. You done good here.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 04-30-2012 01:45 AM

This canoe stuff is over the top! Great work!

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#12 posted 04-30-2012 02:22 AM

WOW, this is one beautiful work of art. Congratulations and enjoy God’s great outdoors!

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#13 posted 04-30-2012 03:08 AM

Very nice looking Ceder strip canoe. I built two about 35 years ago. The first one was my own plans, not a good idea. I used 7 1/2 oz fiberglass. It was around 80 pounds and went through the water like a battleship. The second one was much better. I used the plans from the Minnesota Canoe association. I used 4 1/2 oz fiberglass and it was around 50 pounds. It went through the water very smooth.
You now have a show piece and will get a lot of good comments. The only thing about a ceder strip canoe, iif you want to keep it looking nice, is you have to get your feet wet and be very carefull how you put it in and take it out of the water. It is not like an aluminum canoe that you drag in and out of the water.
Also, have you thought about making your own paddles?

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#14 posted 04-30-2012 03:36 AM

great job!!! I love it!!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#15 posted 04-30-2012 03:42 AM

Since you’re from North Alabama, I assume that you named it after the Sipsey River in Bankhead Forest? I know that river well. It is my family’s favorite place to canoe. We even named our Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Sipsey.

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