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My 'Canoe Build' part 2

Well, thanks to admiral for slowing down my project! I decided to take up his suggestion and google 'indianheaddecals' and came up with several clever ideas that put me back a week. The first was an indian design accent strip just below the shear line (Gunwale) of the canoe, see pics. I haven't decided for sure on the second idea, but I love the indian head decals, after all, 'Nezpique' (neh-PEE-kay) means tatooed nose indian and I think one of those indian heads would look good on the bow!! I also decided to take a short cut and do a football shape design on the bottom, this is easier than shaping and bending the small strips on the bottom. After I plank up around the bilge and get to the bottom, I'll just trace out the hole on to my football, then cut it and glue it in place. The football will be contrasting to the rest of the strips, it will be dark green sinker cypress. I have also attached a picture of my steam bender, my neighbor thought I was making moonshine. The only wood I needed to steam was the inner and outer stems. The bow and the stern each has an inner stem and an outer stem. The inner stem is the one that all the strips attach to. The outer stem is added after all the strips have been glued in place and acts as a bumper. I'm hoping to get most of the strips glued in place this weekend (unless admiral has more clever ideas!)
February 01, 2013 at 8:11pm
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Posted February 01, 2013 at 8:15pm
part 2?

the admiral is some sharp aint he!!! admiral why are you slowing that man down??? please some pictures as you build!!! thanks!!!!

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Posted February 01, 2013 at 8:32pm

Beast - I have a ton of pics, but I don't want to bore you. I'll try and post the progress as I build, as long as admiral doesn't side track me. Hell, if it were not for him, I might be paddling down Bayou Sarah sipin on a OC 10 year old!

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Posted February 01, 2013 at 8:47pm

not much wrong with og mr dietz?? i bet you been doing this so long and its become so easy for you, you dont have any idea, just how talented you really are?? how did you learn how to do this?? to me, its really amazing what you are doing!!! a little credit to the admiral too!!!

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Posted February 01, 2013 at 9:11pm

Thanks Beast! You're not good for my ego! Truth is I learn from watching and listening to people better than me, than try and do better. I would say it's drive more that talent. I really think that almost anyone could do this if they really wanted.

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Posted February 01, 2013 at 9:22pm

you are right, but young people mite have the talent, but not the drive anymore!! soon, it will be a lost art like a lot of other things we have lost!!! they just dont understand about our past and heritage???

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