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My 'Canoe Build' Finished Planking

Well, I finished planking my canoe yesterday and spent time today just to look at it and decide how to cut my shear line. I must say that to this point, it has been a very fun build, and very rewarding! Next step is adding and shaping the bow and stern stems then on to fiberglassing (I already faired and sanded the hull). If there is anyone interested in building a canoe or Kayak, feel free to contact me, now would be a great time to see the canoe as it is still on the molds. Thanks for looking! Happy Mardi Gras!
February 12, 2013 at 6:36pm
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kingcobia1Profile Photo
Posted February 12, 2013 at 7:04pm
Art

Thanks for the updates I have looking forward to the post. I will be first to say that it has turned out unbelievably Beautiful. Keep it it up, Congrats!

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randywhortonProfile Photo
Posted February 12, 2013 at 8:49pm
Nice Work

I am very interested in seeing this canoe and learning to do this by doing it.

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wdietzProfile Photo
Posted February 12, 2013 at 9:15pm
canoe build

Randy - check your email.

Thanks!

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hazautomachProfile Photo
Posted February 13, 2013 at 5:56am
Looks really good

You've obviously got a real talent with wood working. That thing is beautiful. Keep us updated on your project. I wis i had that kind of patience.

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TBOYProfile Photo
Posted February 13, 2013 at 8:15am
canoe

Very nice. I've been enjoying following your progress.

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fish taxiProfile Photo
Posted February 13, 2013 at 9:08am
Looks great !!

Love it man. keep the posts coming.

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abeastandasavageProfile Photo
Posted February 13, 2013 at 1:18pm
super nice!!!!

you sure got talent and patience!!

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wdietzProfile Photo
Posted February 14, 2013 at 7:28pm
installed outer stems

Tonight I installed the outer stems. The outer stems cover the end grain of the strips that make up the hull of the canoe. First I saturated the end grain of the strips and inner stem with thin epoxy, then applied thickend epoxy. I added sawdust from sanding the hull to the epoxy to give it a color match, this also thickend the epoxy to fill any voids. I screwed the stem in place with wax applied to the screws so that I can remove them when dried. I will fill screw holes with wooden dowels after they are removed. Now that the stems are installed, I will just shape them to blend in with the contour of the hull, then i'll be ready for fiberglassing, can't wait!!!

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wdietzProfile Photo
Posted February 14, 2013 at 7:48pm
forgot pic

outer stem installed and cleaned up with acetone.

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swamper 01Profile Photo
Posted February 17, 2013 at 4:54pm
Canoe

Nice work, it looks to pretty to put in the water.

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wdietzProfile Photo
Posted February 17, 2013 at 6:04pm
Phatwater

Thanks Swamper, one of the reasons I built this is to do the Phatwater. It's a 42.5 mile run down the Mississippi river. Beyond that, I hope to use it around the Cat Island and Bayou Sarah area of St. Francisville. Now that I have one under my belt, maybe i'll do one just to look at. My next project will be a 20' classic barrell back mahogany runabout.

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Death AngelProfile Photo
Posted February 17, 2013 at 6:50pm
Canoe

Wow what a thing of beauty! You are a true craftsman that thing should be put in a museum!Awesome job.

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That guy in the white bootsProfile Photo
Posted February 17, 2013 at 6:55pm
pretty

Need to come do 'Paddle Bayou Lafourche 2013' in that thing in April. I'm paddling the Saturday leg in a Hobie or a Chapman.

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wdietzProfile Photo
Posted February 17, 2013 at 7:23pm
Bayou LaFourche

Boots, that sounds interesting! How do I get information on that event, could be the maiden voyage.

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That guy in the white bootsProfile Photo
Posted February 18, 2013 at 6:44am
paddle event

http://www.btnep.org/subsites/paddle/paddlehome.aspx Happens every year. They paddle from Donalsonville to Mathews in 4 days. I paddle the Thibadeaux to Mathews leg on Saturday. If yo like to paddle, its a cool event. I have a seen a few kayaks that have the same construction as your canoe at that event. Sign up soon if you decide to go, because it fills up fast. Espeacially the Saturday leg.

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House of PainProfile Photo
Posted February 18, 2013 at 2:51pm
Paddle events

If you like Louisiana paddle events you should also check out the tour du tech.
Awesome canoe!!!

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wdietzProfile Photo
Posted February 19, 2013 at 6:40am
times running out

I would love to make both of these events! I know I can't be ready for the teche event because thats only 2 weeks away, but if I push it, I could possibly make the LaFourche paddle assuming i have no major set backs. Thanks for looking and thanks for the compliments!!

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