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Project by alaskadiver posted 258 days ago 2258 views 9 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this skin on frame canoe over the summer.
Dimensions 12’6” long 26” wide at center 24lbs.
Frame is 1/2” marine grade ply. The rub strips are oak, thwarts are padauk, everything else including the paddle I made is red cedar. Ballistic Nylon is the cover and a two part urethane water proofed it. Its my own design but I looked a lot at Geodesic Boats and Kuduz craft from ideas. No steam bending on this canoe. I colored the fabric with dye but wished I would have left it white. I’ll write up a how to someday but get Berkshire Boat Building (like I did) and start there. Lots of fun, cost me under $400 for materials and $125 was skin and coating. All joints are lashed with artificial sinew, with the keel and transom sporting some screws and glue for added comfort. The wood has three layers of pure tung oil and beads up water nicely.

The last picture is me, I’m 6’2” and 200lbs and looks like I could add a lot more weight. Fun stable canoe and really fast. Just plan on answering lots of questions when you get to shore.

-- "Nothing is worse than a brilliant picture of a fuzzy concept"--Ansel Adams





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HillbillyShooter

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#1 posted 258 days ago

Very impressive—looks like great fun.

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

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Gary

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#2 posted 258 days ago

Whoa! What a project!

A genuine work of art!

Well done!

-- Cheers -- g

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aussiedave

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#3 posted 258 days ago

Very nice canoe…well done.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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emtfrmn

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#4 posted 258 days ago

NICE JOB that is amazing work and just beautiful,

thanks for sharing it with us EMTFRMN

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Bluepine38

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#5 posted 258 days ago

A little over three years ago you stated you were a very beginning wood worker, after producing this
wonderful craft, I think you are going to have to move yourself up a few catagories. In addition to being
able to build and handle a canoe, I notice you have a full suspension mountain bike, I have been looking
at the Cake for a while, but can not quite justify the cost. Thank you for sharing.

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

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stefang

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#6 posted 258 days ago

Great looking canoe and a great build too. I think it looks great in red.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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hunter71

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#7 posted 258 days ago

Looks like it loves the water, nice job.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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BTimmons

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#8 posted 258 days ago

Looks like fun from start to finish.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - https://www.etsy.com/shop/BigTWW - http://vimeo.com/98821147

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a1Jim

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#9 posted 258 days ago

This is a fantastic looking canoe ,super job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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tyvekboy

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#10 posted 257 days ago

Very nice build. Want to race?

I wish mine was as light (in weight) as yours.

Has the boat building bug bit you yet?

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

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