Winter Boat Building Specials

Would you like to build a Canoe or a make your own canoe paddle or kayak paddle?

Here are a couple of new books and book/video combinations that will show you how.

New Book, "Building a Strip Canoe", by Gil Gilpatrick

Building a Strip CanoeBuilding a Strip CanoeThis is actually the Second Edition of this book, originally published in the late 80's in black and white. This current edition is in color and features full sized drawings for EIGHT canoes along with yoke and paddle diagrams. The canoe designs include the 18' White Guide, 20' White Guide, Grand Laker, Laker, Wabanaki, Puddle Duck, White Water, and River Runner. Gil Gilpatrick is a Master Maine Guide who has been building canoes and using them on Maine rivers for over thirty years.

This book includes instructions on seat and paddle construction.

Note that the Grand Laker is a square sterned canoe that can be motor powered.


A Canoe Building package for first time Cedar Strip Builders:

Kayaks You Can Build by Ted Moores & Greg RosselPre-Kit Package: Two DVD's, "Cedar Strip Boat Building" and "Applying Epoxy and Fiberglass", combined with "The Illustrated Guide to Wood Strip Canoe Building" by Susan Van Leuven.

Normal retail cost is $99. This combined special is now $92 including shipping, a savings of over $16!

In the book, "The Illustrated Guide to Wood Strip Canoe Building" Susan Van Leuven takes you through the complete construction process from cutting and erecting your own forms, to stapleless construction, fiberglassing, designing your yoke and gunwales. She is very good at presenting several methods to accomplish each phase of the process. The canoe Susan is building is the Wee Lassie II, designed by Mac McCarthy and featured in his book, Featherweight Boatbuilding.

"Cedar Strip Boat Building", a video in DVD format by The Newfound Woodworks, Inc. shows you how we build a canoe, starting with setting up the forms, laminating the stems, stripping the hull, and fairing it out. Each step is described in detail with lots of close ups to give you great detail. If you are considering building a Cedar Strip boat or just want to hone your skills for the next one, this is an incredible tool!

"Applying Epoxy & Fiberglass", a video in DVD format by The Newfound Woodworks, Inc. In this video you will look over our shoulders as we describe our hull preparation techniques, apply the sealer coat, cloth coat and then filler coats of epoxy. We discuss the purpose of the application materials we supply and review safety procedures. Three days of intense filming were edited to 78 minutes of extremely valuable information. We show you the fiberglass wet-out of the outer hull of a kayak and the inner hull of a canoe.


Greenland Paddles, Step by Step by Brian Nystrom

Greenland Paddles, Step by StepGreenland Paddles, Step by StepThis is a carefully thought out procedure to making your own lightweight, greenland style kayak paddle. The author takes you through picking out the lumber, laying out the shape, tool choice and sharpening, shaping the paddle and finishing. This is an excellent book that has inspired us to make several paddles that have become the favorites every time we go paddling.


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