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Building the Maine Guide Canoe Paperback – January 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; 1st edition (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585745901
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585745906
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,792,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Building the Maine Guide Canoe is a unique and invaluable compendium."
--Jay Sperling, Canoe magazine

From the Back Cover

The Maine guide canoe is an emblem of the great wilderness of Maine-and of brilliant craftsmanship. In this classic book, master canoe builder Jerry Stelmok shares his vast knowledge and experience, taking you through the entire building process in clear, step-by-step progression with large photographs detailing every stage.
This book is much more than just a how-to, though. It is also a tribute to the learning and dedication of the craftsmen who build canoes, a history of the development and use of the canoe, and a meditation on the relationship between man and nature.
For those who long for the grace, flexibility, and durability of the traditional cedar canoe, this book offers a unique opportunity to both own and build one.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By hedstrom@nwrain.com on April 22, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I read the book because I wanted to know how wood and canvas canoes are made. This was the book recommended by a friend that has four wood and canvas canoes. I found it to be a straight forward book on how to make a canoe starting from selecting the wood, to stretching on the canvas. Every step was explained as if your father was teaching you the family business.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Damon Lee on August 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
The book is very thorough in procedures for building a wood/canvas canoe. The author explains in detail the process from start to finish and has very detailed photos depicting his process. Unless you have previously studied boat building, you may have a hard time understanding the plans included at the end of the book. The drawings are complicated and require a bit of forehand knowledge. Fantastic book for anyone interested in building their own canoe.
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Book arrived in good condition. A complete technical book with lots of photographs. Glad to have the information to restore my historic wood and canvas canoe.
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God bless Jerry Stelmok. His book covers the nearly lost art of building the white cedar Maine guide canoe and it is a welcome addition to the archives of American craftsmanship. If you've ever seen a form sitting inverted in a workshop and then looked at a finished canoe propped up on sawhorses in the front yard you've wondered how the former came from the latter. The men who make these boats are called for their craftsmanship, not their articulateness and even the best often have difficulty explaining just how the process works. I once asked Fred Reckards how he got his canoes off the Templeton mold since the tumblehome held the form in such a death grip. He said, "Lot easier with the twenty. The twelve is pretty tight. Maybelle helps me get them off." And that's all the explanation I got. Jerry Stelmok puts the complex construction process into words and conveys the prep, the fabrication, and the finishing in an articulate and accessible language. The photographs belong in the Smithsonian; they are vital to understanding the process. I'm going to carry my copy around until I cross paths with Mr. Stelmok and I look forward to shaking his hand and getting his signature on the title page.
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Great Book for those who love the classic wooden canoes. But what you may not realize is the fact that Jerry Stelmok is really Mr. Old Town himself! Yes, i know what i speak about as he is the man that builds all the wooden Old Town canoes today in his shop! As a new member of WCHA, i have learned that Jerry is also a recognized leader of that fine organization called The Wooden Canoe Heritage Association. You can't go wrong but remember your paddle!
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