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My 'Canoe Build'

I've been wanting to build a cedar strip canoe for a long time and I'm finally getting started (actually mine will be a cypress strip). I thought i'd post some of the first steps, and if anyone is interested, I could continue to post as I go thru the building process. The canoe I decided to build is a 17ft traditional style canoe with re-curved stems. I purchased the plans from Newfound Woodworks and its called the Traveler. I do some woodworking as a hobby and there's really nothing complicated about building a strip canoe, at least for me. I think the challenge will be the fiberglassing part, but I will have a few weeks before that step. My canoe will be called 'Nezpique'. I grew up hunting and fishing Bayou Nezpique and I just thought it make a cool name. Anyway - gotta get back to the shop!
January 26, 2013 at 5:13pm
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Admiral RabbitProfile Photo
Posted January 26, 2013 at 7:30pm
'Details,Details,Details'

Mr.Dietz Sir...looks like'ya skill is lost to the art of the restless young people ??? cheers to'ya...you also have a super organizes garage all 'ya need now is Geronimo sitt'n in the front seat puff'n a pipe !!!...cheers

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Posted January 26, 2013 at 8:18pm
canoe?

sure looks complicated to me!!! i would just go buy one!! what about just hollowing out a big cypress tree trunk????

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fish taxiProfile Photo
Posted January 26, 2013 at 8:30pm
Awesome

I agree with A. Rabbit and Beast.
Keep posting. I love it!!

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wdietzProfile Photo
Posted January 26, 2013 at 8:50pm
Canoe

Rabbit - I hear you and its sad! I grew up with nothing, if I wanted something I had to build it and I guess it just stuck with me. Beast - it's not really complicated, just time consuming and you can't just go out and buy a canoe like this. As far as a dugout canoe, they're way too heavy. This canoe should come out between 60-65lbs., thats very light for a 17' canoe, it is also very durable and functional! I have attached a couple of pictures of the canoe I'm building from the Newfound Woodworks website. Only difference is I'm using beautiful red sinker cypress salvaged from lake Pontchartrain, I can't wait to see it finished!

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Posted January 26, 2013 at 9:06pm
wdietz?

that sure is really beautiful!!! you are good!!!! i understand the pride and passion you took in this project and well worth it!!! great job!!! what would a canoe like this cost for someone to buy, just curious?? how many hours do you have into this??? what do you use to keep it from leaking?? amazing!!!!!

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Posted January 26, 2013 at 9:19pm
3K and up

Beast - I've seen new production strip canoes from $2700 to $4000, used ones on ebay might be a little cheaper. A custom built strip canoe from a good builder can run upwards to 10K. You can build your own for a whole lot less!! My next project will be a strip Kayak. I think I'll have enough strips left over from this project to get a good start.

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Posted January 26, 2013 at 9:32pm
question

Sorry Beast - I missed your some of your questions. Actual hands on time so far would be about 25 hours, total time to complete it should be around 100-150 hours??? This boat will be coated with 6oz. fiberglas cloth and epoxy resin on the inside and outside. There will be no way for water to get to the wood unless it gets damaged, and then, its easy to repair.

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Posted January 27, 2013 at 4:55pm
wdietz

please put a picture of it when u are finished!

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Spartek LaProfile Photo
Posted January 27, 2013 at 5:29pm
Talent

I wish that I had your talent

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abeastandasavageProfile Photo
Posted January 27, 2013 at 5:47pm
spartek la?

and patience!!

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Posted January 27, 2013 at 5:56pm
wdietz?

since we are in louisiana, what do u think about a strip pirogue????

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Posted January 27, 2013 at 6:29pm
Dying past

Please keep posting progress, maybe this will give me the drive to build arrow boat, that I have dreamed about for years. Thanks keep up the great work.
God Bless.

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Posted January 27, 2013 at 6:39pm
Strip Pirogue

Beast - A strip Pirogue would be very easy to build and extremely lightweight! The only problem is that it would have to be fiberglassed inside and out to give it strength. To me, it would just be easier and more practicle to build a pirogue from nice 1/4' plywood because of the straight lines, then just glass the outside. So for me, I would reserve strip building to canoes and Kayaks. Here's a pic of a couple of hardwood and reclaimed cypress paddles I've been working on while glue dries. These are lightweight and feel nice.

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Posted January 31, 2013 at 7:36pm
inspiring

Good luck with the build . I've seen these canoe's at the the wooden Boat Fest in Madisonville . They are awesome ! Hell The paddle's will take a bite out of your wallet . Hope you bring it to the fest when your done . People love seeing these canoes

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Posted February 01, 2013 at 12:00pm
Of mice and men

A beast and a savage? If u can't understand why a man building a boat with his bare hands is cool, you should change your name to a mouse and a city boy.

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Posted February 01, 2013 at 12:33pm
gotya back

Dan, I think you didnt read all of beast's comments. Might wanna go back and read all of the posts on this thread. He's a city boy from the same city you are too FYI. Might be ya neighbor. Don't think that I'm being disrespectful too you either. I just hate to see someone get kicked that doesn't deserve it. I think his avitar name provokes ill feelings.

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Posted February 01, 2013 at 2:09pm
les bottes blanches!

thanks for explaining it to dan-o-mite for me, beytie!!

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Posted February 01, 2013 at 2:33pm
Failed attempt at humor

No insult was intended. I was just giving him a hard time for the comment, 'I would have just bought it.' Besides, all beasts have thick skin.

Dan

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Posted February 01, 2013 at 3:24pm
dan-o-mite!

you right, i do have thick skin! what i meant, when i said i would have just bought one was, mr dietz has talent and patience i dont have!!! no insult taken, its cool!!!

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Posted February 01, 2013 at 5:21pm
my canoe build

mr dietz, could you post some pictures as you build? hope so?

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wdietzProfile Photo
Posted February 01, 2013 at 7:37pm
Canoe build

Thanks guys for the comments. I think I'll just post a new build report instead of adding to this post.

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