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Canoecraft: An Illustrated Guide to Fine Woodstrip Construction Paperback – November 15, 2007
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If you want to build a strip-plank canoe -- or kayak -- Canoecraft is the book to buy... All in all a very comprehensive boatbuilding book and highly recommended. (Pete Greenfield Water Craft)
About the Author
Ted Moores is a best-selling author. In 1972, Moores pioneered the woodstrip/epoxy boatbuilding system for canoes and, since then, has promoted the fine art of wooden-canoe and kayak construction. He is the author of Kayaks You Can Build.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is a gold mine of information about building cedarstrip canoes, and comes as close to "step by step" instructions as I could imagine. It is slightly limited in scope, for example, by concentrating on only a range of products and sources available for materials, but otherwise terrific. For example, it only discusses (and borrows heavily from material about) the West System epoxies, bypassing some very valuable alternatives that a more complete discussion would include. (Examples: it omits discussion of Mas Epoxies or System Three epoxy materials, which include a very nice new product line for strippers that gives a nearly clear coating rather than the amber colored finish that West Systems and earlier System Three and Mas products give you.) It could also profitably include information on more of the modern designs available (e.g., John Winters' work). But these are quibbles; it is an outstanding book, improved significantly in the revised edition.
There really isn't anything better than this book, the bible of cedar strip builds. I used this book alone to build a beautiful boat. The product recommendations and detailed instructions make building a boat a whole lot easier on the nerves. If you are itching to build your own boat, pick up this book and read it cover to cover. Then get started by reading as you approach each step. It paid off for me.
I have bought this the second book, and I think it is a useful revision to the first. Some of the jigs are better, and the designs are far more useful than those that appeared in the first book. I think they will appeal to most home builders, and combine several modern favorites, with traditional ones. My one small quible is that in general we still don't have designs in these books which are the equal of those coming out of the best factories, say Bell as one example. But that's the kind of thing that doesn't seem to interest most builders.
Others say the mold tables are difficult to read. They are merely traditional. Read them as feet, inches, eigths, and plus or minus 1/16. That's boatbuilding. Most builders will never try to loft these in several views, strips make a casual approach possible, since they are largely self-fairing. That being the case talk of difficult lofting is highly exagerated.
On the down side, the books omits any reference to the extremely useful bulletin board at Ted Moores own website. Also, his method is so smooth and free of doubts, that it helps to purchase some other book with a different outlook, just to relax a little. He does say "professional results" a few times too often for my taste.
BUT, when it is time to get building, make sure you do as he says, because he really knows what is best for your boat.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you are serious about learning to build a classic canoe - this book will help tremendously (if you are have some talent and a lot of perseverance. Read morePublished 1 month ago by REX REID
Great book, everything one needs to know about building a canoe. I'll be order my first kit very soon.Published 2 months ago by Peter Beecherl
Could not be happier. This book is a must have for any woodworker's library. Very pleased with the testimonial section added to this addition, great read. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Danielle Killay
It provided tremendous input and was detailed in everything. I do highly recommend it, and for most it is an all inclusive book. However I did also buy two other books. Read morePublished 6 months ago by indy7612