I think that grandpa would be proud

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Project by jomem posted 806 days ago 3224 views 25 times favorited 50 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well after 4 months & some 200+ hours, my canoe is finished. What a project & learning experience. I enjoyed the challenge & that first paddle across the lake made it all worth it. For those that have followed the process bear with me. The hull is cedar with walnut & aspen accents. The aspen diamonds inside the walnut strip, because they are the end grain, absorbed more the the resin & when the sunlight shines through them they have a warm yellow/orange glow. She glides through the water like a hot knife through butter. I always wanted to make one, I’m just sorry that my mentor for the last 30 years wasn’t here to see it. I think that he would be proud of his grandson.

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#1 posted 806 days ago

Truly beautiful.

-- Kevin May "Making wood useful and fun!"

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#2 posted 806 days ago

Looks amazing … I am pretty sure your grandpa would be very proud because this looks extremely well done.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#3 posted 806 days ago

I had to take a look back at your build pictures of this beautiful craft, naturally as with any sawdust addict,
there are never enough pictures, but there were enough to show the care and the sweat that went into
the build. I think that your grandfather would indeed be proud of you and you canoe. Hope you have many
happy years ahead with the canoe, and may the wind always be a tailwind.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 806 days ago

A amazing build and beautiful too.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 806 days ago

I would name it GRACE. It’s really beautiful!

--,the best teacher is repetition.

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#6 posted 806 days ago

Beautiful job, would love to add to my wish list of projects, but can find the end of it to do so. Thanks for sharing.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 806 days ago

WOW! Beautiful project. Good work!

-- Ron Wilson - maker of fine firewood!

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#8 posted 806 days ago

Beautiful! Is that a touring bow or a whitewater bow, hard for me to tell without my glasses.

You need to put the medallion on the bow, a sign of good luck and safe travel. Years ago, the sign would have been a sun or a moon. Lately, I have seen compasses, clovers, nekkid ladies, and a whole host of other things.

You done a great job, I hope it serves log and valiantly for you!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#9 posted 806 days ago

Very nice job and in pretty good time as well.
I know that you will think of your grandpa when you are on the water with this lovely craft.
In that way, he’s not gone.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#10 posted 806 days ago

Well one thing is for sure, I know he would be proud!!!! What a great job and so much attention to detail. Congrats to you!!!! A real beauty!!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 806 days ago

Enviable great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#12 posted 806 days ago

nice one

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#13 posted 806 days ago

That is so cool.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#14 posted 806 days ago

That’s not just a canoe, it’s art! You’ve made one of the best looking boats I’ve seen in a long time.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#15 posted 806 days ago

My goodness that’s beautiful! You’ll get many years of enjoyment out of her I’m sure.

-- I'm not as good as I once was, but I'm as good once as I ever was.

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