The decks are black walnut. Neither the epoxy or the glass, on their own gives strength, per se. It's designed for river travel but works fine on still water. Please e-mail with any questions. It's 3' wide and about a foot deep at the center. I would guess that almost any wood including whitewood could be used for this canoe.
Steaming the Stems The stem strips must be steamed and clamped to the bow and stern forms and allowed to dry. Sign up for our Email Newsletter. The eye bolts go through the deck and through an under deck stress dispersal piece which should be epoxied in place before the deck and hull are closed. Once you get your canoe built, you will need a paddle! There will be considerable amounts of back labor expended. Guilding the lilly times ten.
David Thompson says that strips of two to two-and-a-half feet wide and nine to fifteen feet long were typical in his day Thompson, Narrative , Open customer recommendations about Canoe Model kits. As the glass layers get closer together the stiffness decreases. IMHO - I think that'd be true only if sufficient tensile strength were built into the glass part of the sandwich. Takalak Canoe -Pittsburgh, Pa.
It is an excellent choice for big water when a lot of gear will be taken. Determining the proper mix is a matter of trial and error. Certainly any light weight wood is good. The upper end is for a foot rowing shell. Usually not knotty like the Northern White Cedar.