An Illustrated Guide to Fine Woodstrip Construction

Paperback - 2000
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An excellent definitive book... something you must read if you are going to build a woodstrip canoe.
-- Canoeist

If you want to build a strip-plank canoe or kayak, Canoecraft is the book to buy... A very comprehensive boatbuilding book and highly recommended.
-- Water Craft

A Woodworking Magazine Top 40 Book

Now revised and expanded with 32 pages of color and an updated resources section, this 70,000-copy international bestseller, known as the 'Bible of canoe building' is back, bigger and better than ever.

Ted Moores is a master builder of woodstrip/epoxy canoes. Over four decades teaching wooden-boat construction, he discovered that the same dream motivates all of his students, no matter their age: to build something beautiful and functional.

Canoecraft is the road map to that dream. Moores offers comprehensive instructions for the first-time builder, and for the second-time builder. He adds a variety of canoe plans, each presented as a traditional table of offsets. There is also a series of builder's tips and techniques, and an entire chapter on carving a paddle, the perfect accompaniment to a handcrafted canoe.

Whether the goal is to build a general-purpose recreational canoe, or an efficient modern tripping canoe, or a full-decked fast-cruising canoe with walnut veneer, Canoecraft is the ideal guide to making it happen successfully.

Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books, 2000
Edition: Revised and expanded edition
ISBN: 9781552093429
Characteristics: 207 pages :,illustrations, plans ;,21 x 28 cm.


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Nov 25, 2018

It is THE book on canoe construction, though it has not been substantially revised in a long times (turns out there was a new edition in 2015). If you are interested in this subject, you should read this book. If you want to learn how to build a strip canoe, you should also:

Consider that none of the boats in this book, while classic, are all that great. Look elsewhere, including the author's site, for other plans;

Moore did a pamphlet for WEST epoxy on strip building which is extremely important if you want to follow his advice, as it brings the story a little more up to date. It may be downloadable on their site, or you can probably request it.

Youtube , obviously.

There are some good up to date books also.

Most people who build canoes using wood strip are after a furniture grade canoe, which is kinda a (popular) stunt. Few people build them and use them hard. Larger boats are built using strip, and normally they get painted. If you are interested in practical strip boats, look into the larger boats for inspiration. There are lots of techniques for faster building and prototyping.

A strip world that is rarely mentioned is the marathon canoe world, which is very practical (other than that strip boats are less common today). Jensen who was instrumental in modern strip building, canoe design, and paddles, could do a strip boat, into the water in two days. One can learn a lot from those guys.

Strip is also the main method by which molds are made for glass canoes, another area of interest.

Moore lives in and around Peterborough, for most of his life, as far as I know is still there. But the reach of his boats has been world wide.

Jun 16, 2010

The best book ever for complete instructions on building a stripper. An added bonus of an entertaining history of the North American canoe.

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