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Discussion in 'Guestbook' started by pumpkin, Jan 10, 2010.
Welcome! As you already know, this forum is full of folks who are passionate about wooden canoes, and are more than happy to get you going in the right direction. Everybody here started right where you are now, so the only dumb question is the one you don't ask...
Insanity? Look at it this way: some folks deal with life's travails by abusing alcohol, illicit drugs, or the people closest to them. Folks here paddle canoes, work on canoes, talk about canoes. It's a substantially less destructive behavior, and there's a lot more fun involved! Freedom and adventure are definitely a part of that.
What kind of canoe are you looking at building? Jerry Stelmok & Rollin Thurlow's book, "The Wood And Canvas Canoe" is regarded as the Bible of W/C canoe building/repairing, and is available in the WCHA store
Also in the store, you'll find a great collection of books on cedar strippers (strip & 'glass), wood strip boats, and realted materials, all of which are very interesting.
Whereabouts is "home" now? You may find others in your area who share this passion, and may be willing to help with some hands-on activities.
Again, Welcome! We'll look forward to hearing from you more, and seeing pictures of progress. We love pictures!
Check out the YouTubes too... several people have videoed the progress of their project, and you may pick up tips.
Otherwise, ask questions (none are "stupid").... very helpful bunch here!
Yikes! Those logistics certainly put a damper on things.
Cedar is the wood of choice, due to light weight, flexibility, & some rot resistance, but other woods have been used. Maybe build a small canoe out of a heavier, but more available, wood?
Hopefully some of our Minnesota or Manitoba members can chime in with some thoughts & possible wood sources?
Pumpkin, welcome to WCHA forum....and look forward to hearing (and seeing....don't forget we love pictures here LOL LOL) more on the progress of your canoe as it gets built....lots of great info available on strippers here (as I'm sure you already know)....besides the friendly and wonderful advice available here on the forum....WCHA store has great books and plans available for wood strip projects including Canoecraft by Ted Moores....good luck on the build and keep us posted
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