An Illustrated Guide to Fine Woodstrip Construction

Book - 2000
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Publisher: Toronto : Firefly Books, 2000
Edition: Rev. & expanded ed
Branch Call Number: 623.829 M825c 2000
Characteristics: 207 p. : ill., ports. ; 21 x 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Simonds, Merilyn 1949-


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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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