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.