- Good Morning! I have just been approved and I thank you. My first
boat building experience was with a Cedar Strip Canoe, as a part of
three teams that built her. I was with the third (and last) team that
worked on her and was priviledged to actually get to be one of the
two who launched and paddled her on her first voyage. As I recall
(this was about 22 years ago), The boat was built out of 1"x 1/4"
cedar strips, then 'glassed with polyester and glass cloth. We used
hand split ash for the gunnels and keel strip and raw moose hide for
the seats. This is called Babiche (sp), and was hand woven and
shellaced. We took a day long trip down a twisting and winding river
and creek route in Northern Ontario, as the maiden voyage for the
canoe. Currently I have built a number of boats, but in the stitch
and glue method. My son recently asked for a canoe so we could go
fishing in a little pond nearby, so we built a canoe, out of a
modification of a design I came up with while he was in CubScouts. I
know it isn't a strip canoe but there was a time crunch (about 2
weeks) and this was done in about 12 hours of labor. Got some picture
I still think about that first little (12') canoe and would like to
build another sometime, time and wife permitting.
I would also like to announce that there will be a Messabout at Lake
Okaboji, in NW Iowa, next summer. We would love to see some
representation of the strip building arts at the meet. Anyone
interested in attending should email me off post at
We are open to all homebuilt craft, valuing the spirit of the build
rather than the method. Paddle, row, sail and power are all welcome.
Hopefully camping will be available here:
but it is first come, first served. Dates are still being refined,
but will be announced as soon as possible.
There will be no fees, and this is not an attempt to sell anything.
Simply it is an opportunity for people who like to build boats to get
together and BS, look at each other's achievements and learn about
other people, tho you will be responsible for your own sustinance and
housing. Hope to see some of y'all there!!
- I just finished looking over your site, examined your canoe/jonboat designs and read
your Word documents. Lots of great tips and lots of good information there.
Curious about which engine you used to set up your site?
Anyway, I'll be back with you later, going to work on the boat. Time for the final
finishing sanding before the glas goes on--it rained today, so will wait til it gets
a bit drier before getting the plastic out of the can.
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