Our Materials

Cove & bead cedar strips are the building blocks of fair-hulled boat construction. We mill strips one at a time by hand, measure by the thousandths of an inch with extremely tight tolerances, from several different species in several different sizes.  We can supply full-length western red cedar strips!

Strips | Canoe Gunwales

We mill the finest vertical grain, cove and bead strips available. Generally, a 16' tandem canoe, smaller rowboat or single 17' kayak uses about 1200 LF of 1/4" x 3/4" material. Some kayaks designs require a larger percentage of 1/4" x 1/2" strips because of tight radii in the hull configurations.

Alaskan Yellow Cedar drying at the shop. We bring cedar in green and dry it here to minimize brittleness.

Western Red Cedar, future cove and bead strips.

Strip Information

Alaskan Yellow Cedar

Bright yellow/white, very consistent tight grain. A little denser than Western Red or Northern White Cedar.
All coved and beaded.

Strip Size:Lengths:
1/4" x 3/4" + 1/4" x 1/2" 6' - 18'
3/16" x 3/4 + 3/16" x 1/2"6' - 18'

Northern White Cedar

Note that "Northern White Cedar" is the wood SPECIES. The color can vary widely from medium brown, buttery yellow to very light. In this species the color can vary even within a board and therefore along the length of a strip. All of these colors will darken once coated with fiberglass and epoxy. See picture below.

Lightweight, Flexible, Brown, Yellow to almost White in color, lengths to 10'.

Strip Size:Lengths:
1/4" x 1/2"6'-10'
1/4" x 3/4"6'-10'
3/16" x 1/2"6'-10'
3/16" x 3/4"6'-10'

Western Red Cedar

Note that "Western Red Cedar" is the wood SPECIES. The color can vary widely from chocolate, light brown, pink to almost white. We tend to receive very little of the really dark material. All of these colors will darken once coated with fiberglass and epoxy.

Tan to Dark Brown in color, lengths to 20'.

Strip Size:Lengths:
1/4" x 1/2"6'-20'
1/4" x 3/4"6'-20'
3/16" x 1/2"6'-20'
3/16" x 3/4"6'-20'

Canoe Gunwales

Inwales

Gunwale sizes available: 3/4" x 3/4" or 3/4" x 1"

With two radiused corners. 

Inwales include Scuppers that are 2" wide x 3/8" deep every 2-1/2" apart.

Sizes available - Ash or Mahogany 

12'14' /  16' 18' /  20' 

Outwales

Gunwale sizes available: 3/4" x 3/4" or 3/4" x 1"

With two radiused corners

Sizes available - Ash or Mahogany 

12'14' /  16' 18' /  20'