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The Guild has recently purchased 8 books on strip building canoes, kayaks and row boats. Guild members can access the books through our library. The books are listed below in arbitrary order..
1. "Featherweight Boat Building" by Henry "mac" McCarthy (The original Wee Lassie instruction book, It contains complete plans for the canoe hull forms but lacks a lot of construction detail..)
2. "Illustrated Guide to Wood Strip Canoe Building" by Susan Van Leuven (Focus is on the Wee Lassie, lots of pictures giving great detail about the building process.)
3. "Canoecraft: An Illustrated Guide to Fine Wood Strip Construction" by Ted Moores (Good plans for the strongback and lots of other building details.)
4. "KayakCraft: Fine Woodstrip Kayak Construction" by Ted Moores (Companion book to "Canoecraft...".)
5. "The Strip-Built Sea Kayak" by Nick Schade (Tables of offsets for three rugged beautiful boats you can build.
Lofting is discussed and is required to use the offset tables.)
6. "Building Strip-Planked Boats" by Nick Schade (Complete plans and instructions for a dinghy, a canoe and a kayak you can build.)
7. "Strip Built Cano" by Randy Folsom (How to build a beautiful, lightweight cedar strip canoe. Contains many tips and details not in other books.)
8. "Woodstrip Rowing Craft" by Susan Van Leuven (Large number of photographs of the building process and extensive written descriptions of the details. An awesome book!)
Any MWG member interested in getting some hands on experience with the "Strip" building technique call Bob Mills at 248-540-8658. I currently have a Wee Lassie partially built and am willing to use it as a group project. The canoe hull stripping has reached the bottom (football shaped portion) and needs completion (fitting strips). After that the external stems will be added (laminating and bending thin hardwood strips) followed by a lot of sanding. Once the sanding is complete the exterior of the hull will be fiberglassed with 5 coats of epoxy and (of course) more sanding. I will update this notice with additional information (work status) periodically.
My shop is located at 31636 Auburn Drive, in Beverly Hills, (48025), near 13 Mile Rd. & Greenfield.Update of work progress on the Wee Lassie (November 1, 2010). A significant amount of sanding (fairing the hull) has been done (Kevin Knowles and Bob Mills). One half of the bottom "football" shaped area has been filled in with strips and the hull mid-line along the keel has been established and faired (Bob Mills). Work is continuing slowly. Call Bob to join the work team.
Larry has started work on the Wee Lassie Canoe, a double paddle single person canoe, using the strip building technique. The strongback is built (on casters for ease of moving), the forms are all cut out (using 1/2" 5 ply plywood for stability) and mounted on the strongback. Attaching the forms as the diagrams (in the Featherweight Boat Building book by H. "Mac" McCarthy) show, Larry discovered errors in the placement of form #7 and the length of the stern stem form. After correcting these errors the shear strip (the 1st strip placed on the hull at the upper edge of the canoe) did lie in a fair smooth curve over all the forms.
To get on with building the hull Larry purchased four, 4/4 x 8" x 12' flat sawn planks of cypress, ripped them into 1/4" x 3/4" x 12' strips, and routed a bead on one edge and a cove on the other.(Note: The use of cypress rather than the traditional cedar (usually western red) will result in a slightly heavier canoe and since the wood is harder than cedar sanding will be more labor intensive). See some pictures on the PHOTOS page as of Dec. 28, 2010. New pictures added January 2nd and January 3rd, 2011.