Canoes I've Built





Introduction: Canoes I've Built

These were built of cypress with walnut, ash maple and poplar accents. No staples were used in their construction. just glued and clamped. The only metal is the stainless steel screws holding the seats in and brass stem bands on the Prospector Ranger.



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I've added a few pictures of construction of the Prospector Ranger.

The Prospector Ranger was built using the offsets in the book Canoecraft
I built the Wee Lassie using the patterns in the book, Featherweight Boatbuilding, A WoodenBoat Book By Henry A. "Mac" McCarthy.
I actually input the offsets from the Ranger and the Wee Lassie (taken from the not full size patterns) into a cad program (TurboCad) and from there to Acrobat for a pdf file that I took to a local printer for full size patterns.

Is there any way to get a copy of those PDF files? I'm on disability, I broke my back when I was 22 y.o. and about 1 1/2 year ago I had to admit I just can't work eight hours a day. I'm not reliable, and the pain has gotten to be more than I can stand for those kind of work days. I've been doing a lot of research on the topic and the Prospector's layout looks great. I'm 53 y.o. now, in case you were wondering.

I wish I could. About 2 years ago I had the HD fail that had ALL of my doc and pdf files on it. If I didn't still have my form's for both canoes I'd have to redo the pdf's from the offsets in the books again when I'm ready to build another one

These are beautiful I cant wait too make one sometime not for a long time though!!

I just realized that most ceder strip canoes do not have all the ribs covered, this one appears to have the inwale, covered as well.

I'm not sure what your referring to as the ribs and inwall covered. There are no ribs. Just the 1/4" thick hull with a outwall and an inwall to add protection and stiffness to the hull.

I could have worded that better, but I thought you had ribs that were in the hull covered by another layer of strips for the inside of the hull, making the ribs in between the hull, and the deck (if that is better worded). So that is interesting, you build them with no ribs. Also, how do you bend each strip to the correct position, how long does it take for each strip?

That is just a beauty! Man that is just one good looking canoe. Amazing crafting obliviously went into that. Do you take that out much, if so where, in what kind of waters? Also, just wondering, but are you retired? Only because looking at all the fun projects retired people do, I'd loved to be in the "Retired stage".

Thank you. I never used the Prospector much, sold her to a guy in Ft. Smith AR. He said he was going to hang it in his living room except when he used it. But I fished out of the Wee Lassie for a couple of years in a local lake filled with cypress logs and stumps, most of them just below the surface where you couldn't see them. I gave her a light buffing before I sold her to a woman in Little rock . She said it was going in her sons room.
And yes, I'm retired, and work harder and longer than I ever did when 'working'.
I'm trying to work up the nerve to start another Wee Lassie for my grandson (turns 4 in Aug) but I don't know if I want to spend about 7 or 8 weeks of anywhere from 7 to 12 hours a days, 7 days a week again (I'm the kind of person that when I start a progect I don't stop until I'm done).

Hey that sounds like a really fun hobby, that is really interesting. If you ever build a cedar canvas canoe, definitely put it on Instructables. Do you build these from scratch or from a kit? Oh, and where do you sell them, on E-bay, privately, or something else?