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Canoe Boat Building: Attaching Gunwales on a Canoe

Canoe Boat Building has taught me a lot about canoes and I believe has made me a better paddler.

Most paddlers can easily get by and enjoy their trip without knowing the ins and outs of canoe boat building but for someone who really wants to develop themselves and aspires to become an “expert,” then I highly recommend that they try and build their own canoe.

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The following videos are what I consider “Archive Footage”. Back in 2010, I made a few Youtube videos about canoe building, these were the first videos I had made and a lot has changed since then. In 2013, I upgraded my camera so that I could film in HD and made a few more videos. Nowadays I have a new shop, an even better new camera, audio equipment, lighting… and have been moving towards producing high quality films for my growing audience. The remarkable thing about these early videos is that as embarrassing as they are for me to watch, they are what got me started producing film and still contain some very good information. I hope you enjoy the videos, and if you’re looking for more videos about canoe boat building, please check out the other resources I have here.

Canoe Boat Building: Bending the Gunwales Tip

In this short video I show a little tip that I use for getting the canoe gunwales bent prior to installing them. While this adds a bit more time to the build, I’ve found it helps with the gunwale installation.

Canoe Boat Building: Attaching the Gunwales, part one

In this video I start of with explaining the measurements and planning for installing the inwales. After the canoe inwales have been dry-fit into the cedar strip canoe I mark and drill the pilot holes and then install.

Canoe Boat Building: Attaching the Gunwales, part two

In this video I install the scuppered inwales into the cedar-strip canoe. This canoe is built planning for a breasthook type deck which is not inset into the canoe. If you are insetting your deck into your canoe the installation of the inwales will vary slightly.