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"Thousands of folks have built this Mike O'Brien designed double paddle canoe using this very book. WoodenBoat One Weekend - One Canoe… and for two days work and $150, it will take you anywhere there's water."  —Outdoor Life

About the Author

William Bartoo, Richard Butz, and John Montague founded the watercraft studies program at Buffalo State College. They have all been involved in boatbuilding for decades. They all live in Buffalo, New York.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Tiller Publishing (July 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0961039671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961039677
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The tiltle can be very deceiving. At least it was for me. Building the 6 hour canoe was very easy using the plans and directions provided by the book. I do not have allot of experience working with wood and this book made the whole experience pleasurable. The whole project took me 4 weekends to complete. I imagine that with the right equipment all the components of the boat could be cut out and prepared for assembly within 6 hours. The epoxy recommended requires a cure time of 6 hours so be prepared for the project to last longer than expected. The pictures help explain the directions. There are a few errors in the pictures but by following the directions you can't go wrong. Do not forget the limber holes in the frame. the plans show the location but the directions do not cover them. The hardest part was finding the 16 foot 1x2s required. I ended up having to rip them from a 2x6. Other than that, it was fun and I now want to try another style of boat. My daughter and I are looking forward to having fun with this canoe.
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By Andy on December 9, 2002
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Although the six hours refers to someone with experience and possessing all the tools and wood, the design is perfect for people (me, for example) with no woodworking experience. Because I had little experience, I had to refer to Tom Hill's extraordinary Ultralight Boatbuilding, which though written for a skilled woodworker includes important details left out of Six-Hour. There are only a few things I would want to change to Six-Hour:
There are two lists of materials, one on p. 11, one on p. 58. They do not match. The one on 11 has a frame bottom, but this is not in 58, and 58 does not list the keel. They mention a "full sized pattern" for the gussets on p. 18, but no such pattern exists. They also might as well include the butt block procedure for two 4x8 pieces of plywood in the main part of the book because most places on the planet do not have 4x16 pieces of marine grade plywood. Also, readers should work hard to find a source of cheap bronze screws before they start (the project requires about 120 of them--not the 50 given in the text--and they are expensive!) It would also have been nice if they had photographs showning the canoe at main stages in the process. The above minor points did not detract from the 30 hours or so of pure enjoyment I had in using this book to build a canoe. I hope the authors come out with the sailboat version they promise.
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I have taken a class a Buffalo State College with John Montague, the author. In the class I built the weekend skiff, a row boat/sail boat. I have also built the 6-hour canoe with high school age kids in the Adirondack Mountains at a summer camp. It took a group of 6 kids to build 2 canoes and approximately 4 days working about 4 hours per day, this includes painting the canoe which is not part of the 6 hours of building the canoe. The directions are easy to follow and the cost is very inexpensive. The canoes have lasted 2 summers so far and look to withstand many more. They are made of marine grade plywood. Have fun building one yourself.
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A neat idea, I am not sure how my canoe will turn out because it is presently incomplete. As one friend said - "just for interest's sake, keep track of your time." One would have to be superhuman to finish this canoe in six hours, but the book is good and the plans are inspiring. The book is a bit less complete in its discussion of materials and techniques than I might have hoped, but it does include a big section on using the canoe as a learning project with groups and such. Altogether, a neat book, if incorrectly titled.
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My friend's dad just did this at the Stoney Creek Wooden Boat Shop in the Rochester, Michigan area with a group of kids as part a youth program. It's a simple and rewarding boat to build and it really can be done rather quickly. It definitely took longer than 6 hours with a group of unexperienced kids, but the project was easily finished over a few weekends. Highly recommended. Have fun building one yourself or with kids in your neighborhood! If you have the slightest interest in building boats, this is a great place to start.
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I got this book to help me teach teenagers cheap entertainment projects form the outdoors. This book has been around years and is still the best self learning system. Any terms that are new to you can be googled, the net is one of the greatest equalizers.
This book is the best starting place to draw in a generation brought up in a disposable society. It teaches self confidence, a pioneering spirit, a great sense of accomplishment upon completion. Introducing young to outdoors with this project using this text can change attitudes and lives. From humble mistakes to the grandeur of a completed project has and will build character that cannot be outgrown. Right up there with any philosophy breakthroughs, this simple book can add a lot of enthusiasm in your teen, preteen, scout, or outdoorsman. Recommended with great respect.
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When I retired, I went to the North Folk School in MN, and built this canoe. The class went by this book. The final product is a beautiful 15 foot mahogany plywood canoe that I am proud to have made, own, and use. I bought the book at the end of the class so I could finish up installing a cane seat and back rest.
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