Canoe building — opening thoughts

January 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

There’s something magical about transforming a pile of lumber, some glue, and some fiberglass into a canoe.

After having built a kayak, it dawned on me — belatedly, of course — that unless I built a veritable fleet of kayaks, some members of my family would be watching the fun from shore. So I decided to add a canoe to the small fleet using some of the hard-won lessons from the last kayak build.

This blog details the steps of the build, from pile of lumber to (hopefully) beautiful canoe.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be writing about the process of building a cedar strip canoe.

Part of the reason for the blog is to force me to keep track of the time and expenses involved. Another reason is to maintain a record of the process. The biggest reason is to add to the body of online information. I’ve benefited greatly from the trials and tribulations of other canoe and kayak builders. If highlighting my mistakes (and I will make them) helps others avoid those same mistakes, then I’ll consider this blog a success.

As part of this account, I’ll be keeping a running tally of the time and expenses. I tend to under-estimate both. A running tally will keep me honest.

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