"Riches don't make a man rich, they only make him busier" - Christopher Columbus


My first one was built in 1980 and I have not been able to quit. There is simply nothing better than paddling a wood canoe.

 If you have the "want to" enough you can build one of these but  count the cost prior to starting.  Which is a good life idea whatever you start out in. I would suggest that to build a 17' stripper you will have $1,100 or more invested upon completion. Perhaps one could be built quicker but plan on 300 working hours if all goes well. I use Western Red cedar for the hulls, recovered Ash for the gunnels, seats, thwarts and yokes. The gunnels are sandwiched with Redwood for aesthetics and weight. Decks out of Indiana Cherry and  pieces of Indiana Walnut. Gunnels are attached by stainless steel screws capped over with walnut plugs.

This type of project is one that you work steady at knowing ahead of time that this area you are building in has been taken and will remain unavailable until you are completed.

 A beautiful day for making 20' strips

A beautiful day for making 20' strips

 Strips ready for customer

Strips ready for customer

 First strip. Straight

First strip. Straight

 first side stripped up

first side stripped up

 Both sides complete except for the end tips

Both sides complete except for the end tips

 installing bottom

installing bottom

 Epoxy over cloth, starting to sand smooth

Epoxy over cloth, starting to sand smooth

 Interior finished ready for cloth

Interior finished ready for cloth

 cloth laid out prior to epoxy

cloth laid out prior to epoxy

 varnishing interior

varnishing interior

A few pics of seats, gunnel and yoke

 clamps for routing strips

clamps for routing strips

 Strong back and stems

Strong back and stems

 several strips first side

several strips first side

 Starting on second side

Starting on second side

 Installing the bottom

Installing the bottom

 Sanding the exterior, ready for epoxy protection

Sanding the exterior, ready for epoxy protection

 cloth laid out

cloth laid out

 Exterior epoxy work done, broke loose from mold to finish

Exterior epoxy work done, broke loose from mold to finish

 Epoxy over cloth interior

Epoxy over cloth interior

 Gunnels glued up

Gunnels glued up

 details towards the end

details towards the end