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WoodenBoat School 2007

Author: David

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My WoodenBoat School September 2007 class built six Voyager stitch and glue canoes and one Indian Girl stitch and glue canoe. The class started Monday morning September 3rd and by Saturday at noon everyone basically had a complete boat ready to sand and paint. They even had enough time to make a great double paddle for their canoe. Everyone did a tremendous job and the level of craftsmanship was very high. They all built boats that will serve them well for years to come and they did it in 5 ½ days!

day 1 Monday morning

Paul and Paul Jr

Jay and son

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The kits from Arrowhead Custom Boat and Canoe not only have the scarfs cut for you but have template as well. Why templates? Templates aid with the glue up and help insure that the scarffed plank will match the computer drawn plate.

Arrowhead Templates Step 1

In the photo labeled Step 1 the template cut from inexpensive ¼ plywood has been temporarily nailed to a flat surface and one half of the plank has also been temporarily tacked in place. Note that both the template and plank have station lines marked and that those marks have been aligned.

Arrowhead Templates Step 2

Arrowhead Templates Step 3

In the photo labeled Step 2 the other half of the plank has been placed on the paper with the scarf turned up and in photo Step 3 both scarfs have been coated with both un-thickened epoxy and a slightly thickened epoxy.

Arrowhead Templates Step 4

In Step 4 the other half of the plank has been turn down so the scarfs mate and the squeeze out has been wiped up.

Arrowhead Templates Step 5

Arrowhead Templates Step 6

In Step 5 the plank is temporarily tacked to the surface to keep it from shifting. Note the mark for station 3 on the plank has been aligned with the station 3 mark on the template in photo Step 6.

Arrowhead Templates Step 7

In Step 7 the template has been removed and a 3/4 thick piece of plywood has been screwed down as a clamp.

Now all that is left to do is repeat the process for each of the six planks. When the epoxy has set and the planks are cleaned up each set of planks will be virtual duplications of each other. This means the boat will assemble easier and be a more fair hull.

Templates for the planks and bottom is just one of several added benefits of an Arrowhead Custom Boat and Canoe kit!

Our boatbuilding kits will be available for purchase via this website shortly. Stay tuned for complete details!

The WoodenBoat School We’re pleased to announce that David is once again headed to Brookin, Maine this summer to teach at The WoodenBoat School.

Download the 2007 WoodenBoat School Course Catalog (PDF 2.9 MB) for complete information on the “Build Your Own Voyager or Indian Girl Canoe” course, scheduled September 2 through September 8.

We’re pleased to announce that David’s second book, Lapstrake Canoes: Everything You Need to Know to Build a Light, Strong, Beautiful Boat, will be published by Breakaway Books in October. Stay tuned for additional information on this great boatbuilding resource.

Lapstrake Canoes: Everything You Need to Know to Build a Light, Strong, Beautiful Boat

In the meantime, don’t miss your opportunity to pick up a signed copy of David’s first book, The Working Guide to Traditional Small-Boat Sails: A How-to Handbook for Builders and Owners.

Here’s What Richard Has to Say…

“Today was the first day of sea trials for Winnisimmet and Honcho. It was overcast, with drizzle and a cold east wind, but Emily, Christopher, Captain Elvin, Rugs and Captain Papi took the two canoes out for their maiden voyages. Initial reports were nothing but praise for the ease of paddling, turning and great stability. Even Captain Elvin who been known for an unsuccessful Eskimo roll in the kayak was impressed. Captain Papi even stood up and did a n Irish jig while the canoe was underway. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone at the “official” christening and launching on Fathers Day, June 17th.” — Richard Honan, Honan Boatbuilding

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