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Canoe Building Instructions: Preparing the Hull for Fairing

Canoe Building Instructions may vary from shop to shop and from person to person. I’ve mentioned this in other posts about my cedar-strip canoe building process. This is my way of building a canoe, and I hope that all canoe builders develop their own unique process. To me, this is what moves us from manufacturing canoes, to being craftspeople or even artists of sorts. To me, as long as the canoe functions the way it was designed to and has good structural integrity that will live up to the specific purpose of the canoe, then it’s fine to do it “your way.”

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Canoe Building Instructions: Preparing the Hull for Fairing

The following video is 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 video, and if you’re looking for more canoe building instructions, please check out the other resources I have here.

In this short video, I prepare the canoe for fairing by filling gaps between the cedar-strips with thickened epoxy. If you compare the video with the photo above, in the photo I’ve filled gaps with a wood filler. As you can see from the two, there are always alternatives and the choice is yours.

Depending on the wood filler you use, it will tend to be a lighter colour, while thickened epoxy tends to go dark as you will see in the video.

This canoe is being built without an inner stem and staple free construction.