Friday, January 19, 2018

Good strips gone bad

Ok so its not all fun and games.... this is what happens to strips when the boards you buy are wet and frozen and stored outside at your local lumber yard... I swear they were all straight and pretty when I milled them....

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


Here is one end of a Greenland style paddle I made for a door prize at the SDCKA annual meeting/conference. Do you think the hand lettered web site is cheesy?

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Almost there....

Just kidding, I have way to much to do. Here is a sneak peak at the Greenland style paddle I'm working on, going to finish it with spar varnish.

And the hull is complete on Canoe#2!

Monday, January 08, 2018

Baby its cold outside...

But things are warm and running in the shop this weekend. I am almost, but not quite, finished with the hull of canoe #2. Just a couple more strips to close it up and then on to fairing, sanding, scraping, sanding, sanding, sanding...

And just for fun, I am carving out a Greenland style paddle from a cedar 2x4 to give away at the annual conference of the South Dakota Canoe and Kayak Association.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

New Year Update

I haven't taken any new photos yet this year but wanted to post a quick update. Now that the holidays are over its time to get some serious work completed. First up is the Queen Charlotte overhaul, deck glass, cockpit glass and graphics is on the to do list for that one. Canoe #2 is about closed up, just a few more strips to go, although I do need to mill those strips (I hate it when I underestimate what I need). I do have the fiberglass on hand for the canoe but need to order epoxy.
The annual meeting/conference of the SDCKA is coming up fast and I plan on donating a Greenland paddle or two as door prizes.... I suppose I better get them made right?
And other fun stuff... While on vacation, I met a guy named John who makes super awesome electric violins... check out his site at He is defiantly providing inspiration on my next generation of electric ukulele....

Monday, December 18, 2017

Block Plane

I will tell you that there is no better tool for trimming and fitting cedar strips than the lowly block plane. As we start to fill in the bottom of the canoe, we need to fit the bottom strips to those on the sides. The easiest way is to scribe the angle on the strip, hog off the excess with the band saw and then true up the edge, trim and shape a bead to fit in the cove of the previous strip. 
Besides cedar smells so nice when you plane it.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Getting closer

Canoe Two is getting closer to completion today as the bottom strips are started. The sad part is that I don't know if I have enough strips on hand to finish up the hull. I started with the same amount of boards as canoe one... oh well, it wont take much time to mill up the final strips if I need them.