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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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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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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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14 Great Knots for Camping

Have you ever wanted to learn how to tie knots? In this short video I’ll demonstrate how to tie 14 Great Camping Knots. Included in the video are the Half Hitch, Two Half Hitches, Square Knot, Clove Hitch, Slip Clove Hitch, Taut Line, Figure Eight, Bowline, Alpine Butterfly, Sheet Bend, Double Sheet Bend, Prusik, Constrictor,…

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Canoe Building at Home: Applying the Fibreglass and Epoxy

Canoe building at home can be a great experience or it can be the cause of a lot of unnecessary strain in a family environment. Most of the time building your own boat will be appreciated by anyone you share your space with as they too watch the form come together. There are two stages in…

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Canoe Building Instructions: Preparing the Hull for Fairing

Canoe Building Instructions may vary from shop to shop and from person to person. I’ve mentioned this in other posts about my cedar-strip canoe building process. This is my way of building a canoe, and I hope that all canoe builders develop their own unique process. To me, this is what moves us from manufacturing canoes, to being…

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Canoe Building Tips: Stripping the bottom of a canoe

Canoe building tips are available all over the place. You can find them online in special canoe forums, in books, or in dvd’s and digital downloads, or take a course with an experienced builder. When I started building canoes I searched all over and I think I probably read or watched them all. My book…

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Cedar-strip Canoe Building: Lofting Canoe Forms

Lofting canoe forms is one of the first steps in building a cedar-strip or skin-on-frame boat. Of course there are a lot of very good full sized plans that you can purchase from a number of reputable canoe building businesses. For some people, the cost of purchasing full-sized plans puts the prospect of building their…

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