The (almost) finished product

April 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

The canoe is essentially complete now. It has been a great project and overall I’m satisfied with the results. Is it a perfect canoe? No, and in a way I’m glad that it isn’t. It gives me something to strive for and gives me a reason to build another. <Insert groan from significant other here.>

So at the end of the project I’m left thinking of what I will do differently the next time.

Although I was taken with the variability in the color within single strips, I will try for a more uniform color the next time, both between and within strips. Not that there’s anything wrong with funky strips (I still think they look neat), but it’s admittedly not to everyone’s taste.

To save on weight and to provide a different look, I’ll add scuppers to the gunwales the next time.

Finally, to save time and aggravation, I’ll do a better job of cleaning up glue drips, particularly in the bow and stern.

And that’s it. All that’s left is launching the canoe.

I have a feeling, though, that the next one isn’t too far away.

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