Well after a long wait I finally finished shaping the stems for the canoe. It was a lot of work but very pleasing. I had never made anything like this with a spokeshave and plane and after a little getting used to it I got comfortable with it and it went pretty smoothly.
Being a cheap wad I picked up a spokeshave at Harbor Freight for $7. I took it home and worked the face up a little on some sand paper and honed the blade and it worked great. I finally settled into doing the initial shaping with a little tiny block plane and then switching to the spokeshave. I occasionally would finish it off with a few light passes of the plane if it was a little rounded.
I’m gluing up the first two strips full length and then I’ll be ready to start stripping the canoe!
-- Sawdust tastes mighty fine! Doane, Seattle WA, http://www.boatstrips.com