72″ dark with Tulip wood for finish parts

For many years I used Tulip wood, which is a local name for Poplar, that is cut off my property. I made all the finish parts, which would be the toe rails, seats, thwarts and deck caps out of it. It is a rich mixture of colors, clear wood. The trees themselves grow huge for in RI and are very clear wood. I offered it as an option up until a couple years ago. So I built a 72″ American dark stain with the tulip wood parts. I am very pleased with it.

Nice job on the 72″ canoe

Jim Allen says: Ray, I don’t know if I ever sent you a photo of my canoe in place in my new summer house.  Here it is.  It has been without a doubt the most commented, liked feature by everyone who has seen the house or seen photos of it.  It really makes the room That is the 6’ model I built from your kit.  The lake house is on Seneca Lake in western NY.  I embellished the kit ever so slightly by adding an extra red cedar strip near the sheer and making the thwarts out of ash – which is what I think a full sized canoe would use. 

Gorgeous 40″ Lobster boat from the kit.

Joe Klein from Hilton Head, SC sent me a finished picture of his 40″ lobster boat. Beautiful color combination. He is getting ready to do sea trials soon. Can’t wait to see the action! He has scratch built other RC boats as well and mentioned: Great kit!  Had a lot of fun building it.  Can’t wait to start sea trials….Joe Klein, HHI, SC Thanks for the photos Joe!

Beautiful 42″ strip kayak

Allen Wood from San Fransisco, CA did an excellent job of finishing out the 42″ strip kayak kit, mounted on one the small wave stand. Allen has a long list of impressive credits to his name, as his website www.ultimatesportsmedicine.com shows. Now he can add another one. Thanks Allen for nice pictures and craftsmanship!

42″ strip kayak, ready for finish coats!

Brendan Sullivan finished his awesome 42″ strip kayak and is ready for the finish orders from his sister, since she is the lucky recipient of this beautiful hand crafted kayak. We’ll be looking forward to the final decision on the finish. Thanks for the photos Brendan, keep up the great work!

94″ Mahogany Panel canoe

The Mahogany 10 panel stitch and glue canoe has gone through many changes since its first design a couple years ago. Originally it was meant to be an easy to build canoe kit for the customer, several pictures on this blog, but it was more than a handful for most first time builders, and I have found it is not easier than the strip canoe, in fact much more tedious. It is a very different canoe than the others. We had more demand for a large canoe that could be used as shelving over bars, or standing up in a boat house as bookshelf. Sold several as lights. The original design was the 82″ which had two piece panels that could be shipped inexpensively, but now with the larger CNC machine capable of cutting a full 96″ , we have settled on this size. It won’t be sold as a kit unless someone really wants to tackle it. It is a beautiful canoe when completed, much larger than all the others, beamier, deeper and heavier. This one I used heavy seat framing and large thwart, larger deck caps and toe rails. Going to Keven in Auburn Hills, Michigan in his beautiful lake side house.

Canoe and kayak from the Plans Book

Gary did an outstanding job of building the 54″ canoe and the 42″ kayak, coming up with some creative ways to make the seats and other parts. Looks great! Just in time for Christmas.

Hi Ray. Photos of my 2 projects from your book. Really enjoyed building them.   Gary from PA.  Merry Christmas!

Jack Simmon’s Lobster Build

The old boat builder fast asleep

Thanks Jack Simmons from Vancouver, Washington. He has built numerous beautiful boat models including several of our canoes. There’s a post I did on Jacks other kits further below. Nice work Jack.