I know, I know, this IS a canoe forum, but I just had to share my latest project with y'all! The last two winters were spent building big canoes for use on the lower Mississippi river, and I had planned on building a 30 footer this winter,but I have had a little distraction. Last summer I was bitten by the stand up paddle board bug! At first, like many of you I'm sure, I figured the SUP thing was just a fad, and had little interest in it. Time will tell if it is a fad- but one thing is undeniable- it is a load of fun! They are certainly not the most efficient paddle-craft but paddling from a standing position is a really cool experience. The line of sight is great for sight fishing in still water, in fact I'm planning on using my board to sight cast flies to redfish in the Louisiana marshes this spring. I just finished building a 11' board made from cypress, mahogany, and maple. It was a blast to build, and was done using the same methods as building a strip canoe( no bead and cove though). I must admit the whole "fin" thing was foreign though! Just wanted to encourage any of y'all who are interested to give it a shot. It is a lot of fun, and anyone who has built a strip canoe could knock one of these out in about a third of the time it takes to craft a canoe. I'll try to upload pictures in the next day or two.