Woodstrip Canoe (Prospector)

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Project by Timber4fun posted 07-22-2008 03:28 AM 4377 views 6 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this woodstripper about 12 years ago. I just discovered Lumberjocks, so be patient with me. I need to catch up on some of my projects. There were 5 of us total, so we made 5 canoes and shared the costs of the strongback (structure) and other shared materials. This is a 16 foot Chestnut Prospector made of western red cedar. It has a couple of redwood racing strips down the side. The inside and out has a layer of fiberglass with hardened epoxy. I used a spar vanish on top of that. My father-in-law helped me cane the seats. It took the entire summer to make 5. I think we worked on it for an hour and then drank beer for two hours. It was a lot of fun. We each trimmed out our boats a bit differently. My boat is trimmed out with birch. That was a project I’ll never forget. I took the canoe out last year – it still floats. I get a lot of hoots and hollars.

-- Tim from Iowa City, IA

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#1 posted 07-22-2008 04:03 AM

Very nice looking canoe, very good build

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#2 posted 07-22-2008 04:11 AM

Really great looking canoe!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 07-22-2008 04:16 AM

Awsome, that looks like a lot of fun.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#4 posted 07-22-2008 04:29 AM

Thats a really nice canoe, I bet thats a lot of fun to use too!

-- Steve-o

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#5 posted 07-22-2008 04:32 AM

Great job Tim!. That looks like a blast to build. It looks fantastic…thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#6 posted 07-22-2008 04:38 AM

Prospector is a nice shape. Looks good. Did you make the yoke and seats as well? I’m curious because I’d like to make a yoke and could use some pointers.

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#7 posted 07-22-2008 05:06 AM

Beautiful canoe. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#8 posted 07-22-2008 05:19 AM

Very cool! I have been planning on building a canoe for years now. What did the cedar cost you?

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#9 posted 07-22-2008 05:25 AM

Nice canoe – I like the fact that you even caned the seats. Canoes are great.

-- John

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#10 posted 07-22-2008 06:22 AM

“Prospector” got my attention as I have own ed two chestnuts over the years. Making five must have been fun with a lot of commeradie too.

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#11 posted 07-22-2008 08:08 AM

great job. I’ve always wanted to build a canoe but simply don’t have the room to keep it set up for as long as needed. I love the looks

-- David, O.C., California

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#12 posted 07-22-2008 10:30 AM

Great work!

Thanks for the post


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#13 posted 07-22-2008 02:41 PM

Thanks for all the comments.

Rob – yes, I made the seats and yoke out of birch. I added a brass metal strip on the ends that runs from the top on the way down (underneath). The brass strip is about 5 feet long on each end. It protects the ends a bit as you approach shore. It gives it a little razzle and dazzle as well. I made a trip to Chicago to pick up the brass strip. This was before the Internet really took off.

I made a three foot replica of the Chestnut Prospector out of some old wood blinds, with a walnut racing strip. This was before I had kids, when I had plenty of time on my hands. It hangs in my shop. I’ll try to capture it once I take some workshop pictures.

-- Tim from Iowa City, IA

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#14 posted 07-22-2008 03:36 PM

you must be SO proud of this… it’s gorgeous and it sounds like your life is filled with memories of the building process!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#15 posted 07-22-2008 04:28 PM

Yes – I have a lot of memories with this project. The five of us get together to reminisce from time to time, over a beer of course. We made a lot of sawdust that summer.

-- Tim from Iowa City, IA

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