Links & Literature

Rev. August, 2005

Building boats requires equipment, supplies, and lots of help.  The following list is by no means exhaustive - there are certainly many others out there, but these are the ones I seem to gravitate to:

Suppliers:  -  A supplier of all sorts of strip building goodies, including high quality strips, epoxy, fiberglass, tools, plans and kits, and  loads of other stuff.  -  Boatbuilding and woodworking supplies.  They have a nice 150 page catalog, and some of the really hard to find tools and finishing stuff not only for strippers, but boat building in general.  -  All sorts of sanding tools,  equipment and sandpaper.  Their stearated aluminum oxide just won't quit. -  Seat caning supplies, natural, plastic, and pre-woven cane, and the tools needed to install it.  -  Many kinds of router bits, including 1/4" bead and cove sets.  Not overly expensive.

Information:  -  Nick Schade's kayak website.  All sorts of good information.  The builder's forum is outstanding. -  Similar to the Guillemot site, but more oriented to canoe building.  A good forum, and supplier of plans and materials.  -  Martin Step has a lot of good information in the Builder's pages, including some nice theoretical hull design information.   His seat plan drawing is outstanding - if his canoe plan drawings are as good, it will practically build itself....   -  I only use MAS - here is their website, with a lot of good FAQ's.  -  This is my daughter's pottery web site.  Hand-thrown stock and custom pottery, or visit her studio and shop in New Baltimore, NY.


Canoecraft, by Ted Moores and Merilyn Mohr.  Long considered the bible of strip building canoes.

Building a Strip Canoe, by Gil Gilpatrick.  The fundamentals of strip building canoes that will be seriously used.  One of the best chapters on caning a seat I have seen.

Illustrated Guide to Wood Strip Canoe Building, by Susan Van Leuven.  This $40 hardcover book is just what it says it is - illustrated. A wealth of detail, using the Wee Lassie II as a demonstration project for the book.

Featherweight Boatbuilding, by Mac McCarthy.  Features the Wee Lassie and the Wee Lassie II, emphasizing lightweight construction.  Bare bones about details, but some interesting time-out reading about canoe trips and trails.

The Strip-Built Sea Kayak, by Nick Schade.   Nick also owns and operates Guillemot Kayaks.  The book is the kayak builders' bible.  Well written and illustrated with both sketches and pictures, Nick also put in builders' plans for three of his kayak designs.

KayakCraft, by Ted Moores.  A slightly different slant on building a kayak, by the author of Canoe Craft.  Well illustrated, with tables of offsets included.  An excellent chapter on design by Steve Killing.

The Adirondack Guide-Boat, by Kenneth and Helen Durant.  A history and documentation of this regional classic, with nothing to do with stripping.  Many builders are adapting the included detailed plans to strip building, however.

Building an Adirondack Guideboat, co-authored by Mike Olivette and myself.  It is finally done, and signed copies are available by clicking the title above.  A detailed construction "how to" on building a fully ribbed cedar stripped reproduction of the 16 foot Adirondack guide boat Virginia based on the detailed drawings in the above Durant book.  The original boat, built in 1905, is in the Adirondack Museum.