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wooden canoe plans

Discussion in 'Traditional All-Wood Construction' started by adkpaddle, May 29, 2006.

  1. adkpaddle

    adkpaddle Curious about Wooden Canoes

    I am trying to find some plans for a single person, flat water canoe. I am wondering if there is a book out there? The projects should be geared towards someone starting out.
  2. Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

    Start here:

    What construction method are you planning to use? The standard reference for strip building is Canoecraft by Ted Moores. For a double paddle canoe, try Featherweight Boatbuilding by Mac McCarthy.
  3. Charlie

    Charlie Curious about Wooden Canoes

    If you're looking for something simple this is about as simple as it gets.
    If you'd like to see what it looks like there are pictures in the "stitch and glue" section.
  4. peter osberg

    peter osberg LOVES Wooden Canoes

    There are nice line drawings in Adney and Chapelle for 12 ft singles (page 112). I have made 2 of these and they are very nice paddlers.
  5. David Niles

    David Niles Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Wood canoe plans/book

    There is a book "Building Sweet Dream" by Mark Pettingill, published by Tiller, that in great detail (261 steps) tells how to build a ultralight solo canoe. They are built from marine ply in a process called tortured plywood. By cutting darts in the scarfed 16' sheet of plywood, you can make it bend in two directions at once. This process gives a very shapely canoe for plywood stitch and glue construction. It can be built in three sizes to accommodate different size paddlers. I built three. The third I built at an Assembly about six years ago to fill a last minute void in the program.

    The book may be out of print but would be easy to find with a used book search.


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