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Canoe Building Books

Canoe Building Book

There are several canoe building books that helped me get started and I highly recommend any or all of them to anyone thinking of building their own canoe. I’ve narrowed the list down here and provided what I believe are the top five canoe building books that any canoe builder should read. Ted Moores signing…

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Winter Solace

winter solace

Winter Solace is a web series exclusive to Instagram. For a couple years I’ve wanted to create a film focused on exploring a winter landscape. After a lot of thought and planning I decided to challenge myself and create a web series that had to conform to the Istagram guidelines for short videos. If you’re…

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Skin on frame canoe plans

skin on frame canoe

Please find the free skin on frame canoe plans at the bottom of this article. You can download these skin on frame canoe plans as a pdf file for your own reference.   Over the years there’s been a method of boat building that has caught my eye and interested me. It’s the skin on…

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Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

The Rose-Breasted Grosbeak is a large seed-eating grosbeak in the cardinal family. Where I live in mid-western Ontario, the Grosbeak usually shows up in early spring at around the same time as the American Robin. Rose-Breasted Grosbeak – Description The adult male has a black head, wings, back and tail, and a bright rose-red patch…

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Wooden Canoe Paddle Repair

Wooden Canoe Paddle Repair isn’t as difficult as you may think, but it does require a few special tools. The main point of consideration is how much will the repair cost vs. how much would a new paddle set you back? I guess whether this particular paddle is your “best canoe paddle” will also be…

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Parts of a Canoe Paddle

Have you ever wondered what the technical names were for the parts of a canoe paddle? It doesn’t matter what shape or style of a paddle you’re using. It also doesn’t matter what material your paddle is made of. The descriptive names for the different areas on a paddle are going to be the same.…

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Islet Lake Algonquin Park

Islet Lake Algonquin Park is a nice little lake within Algonquin Provincial Park which is accessible by backcountry canoe tripping or by hiking the Western Uplands Trail. On Thanksgiving weekend 2016, my friend Jesse Brown (a martial arts instructor from Toronto) and I canoed into the park for the long weekend. Islet Lake Algonquin Park…

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Cedar-strip Canoe Building

Cedar-strip Canoe Building is the most popular form of canoe building for homebuilders. The canoes are constructed by gluing together 1/4″ thick by  3/4″ wide strips of cedar over a specially designed building jig which consists of “station molds.” It’s the combined station forms that define the shape of the hull based on the specific design of the…

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Wabakimi Provincial Park

There’s a landscape in northwestern Ontario that I’ve wanted to visit since I first heard of it. A boreal forest destination deep in the Canadian shield, and a place rich with indigenous culture. In fact, there’s evidence that the indigenous communities have lived in and travelled the area for seven thousand years. The Ojibway name…

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Blue Jay

The Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) is a bird native to North America and a resident through most of eastern and central United States. Blue Jay – Description Its plumage is lavender-blue to mid-blue in the crest, back, wings, and tail, and its face is white. A collar of black is often found around the throat…

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