About Greybeard Canoes

The name Greybeard Canoes comes not from any particular love of pirates, but because all of the cool animal names were already taken by canoe and kayak builders who have gone before. Beavers, taken. Loons, taken.

What was left?

Melancholy Muskrat Canoes? Nah. Ticklish Toad? Nope.

So I stroked my beard and considered my problem.

And there you have it.

Greybeard canoes canoe building

§ 2 Responses to About Greybeard Canoes

  • Derrick Diffenderfer says:

    Hello, I really like the design you incorporated into the bottom of your canoe ( 2 accent strips on either side of the center) I would like to use this same design and was wondering what length are the longest strips? I’m building a 17′ Freedom. Thanks, Derrick

    • rstruck says:

      Thanks for your question. The longest dark strips are almost 10.5′. The canoe in question is a 16′ Prospector. On another canoe, this length may be a little longer or shorter depending on how you have stripped the sides of the canoe. For a 17′ canoe, you may be looking at 11′ or so. For the longest strips, there are scarf joints.
      I like this method of filling the football (over stripping one half and then the other) because it avoids the challenge of color-matching the halves and trimming the halves in a straight line. As well, and it looks interesting and emphasizes the length of the canoe rather than the width.
      Before you use this method, it’s important to measure the distance between the last strip on the side to the center point of each station and lay your center strips accordingly (I used two lighter strips on either side of center before placing the darker strips). If the center strips are a little off, then the length of the darker strips will be slightly different and the last sliver that you place to complete the halves of the football will be of different widths as well.
      Hope this helps.
      Good luck.

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