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    Cold-mold advice & glues

    Anyone ever done a cold-mold (wood layup) build? How did it go? Any advice? I'm continuing my quest for a different approach to light canoe builds with less-than-perfect woods. I can currently get Eastern White pine in reasonable quantities for a half-way decent price. (US$1.50/bf) I've been...
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    Large Game - Managing meat condition during warmer temperatures.

    I've recently become aware of a couple of (large) chunks of state land within a few hours of me that feature paddle-in camping. The surrounding mainlands with be open for archery whitetail deer starting in September. This is very tempting, assuming my bow skills are up to snuff by then...
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    Clinch Nail lengths...

    Question maybe for the WC restorers here: How do you select a length for Clinch nails? I've been looking into them for a project, and can't get a straight answer. Several sources agree that a nail that is too long is almost as bad as one that is too short. What I can't tell is how to define...
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    Emergency Heat Source

    Possibly a bit of an ironic topic, considering that Where I'm at, we're currently looking at record highs. One thing that I would like to improve before I trip in cooler weather is my recovery gear. I'm reasonably confident that I'd survive a capsize, and make it to shore with my gear intact...
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    Learning Experience - now, what should I have learned?

    Took my light SOF build out on a new creek the other day, and created a bit of a pickle. The creek I selected is a little pushier than what is normal in my area, due to an unusually high rate of drop. I tried to run the pictured riffle, and you can see the results below. (Stream is 25' wide...
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    Mini-Whelan, or "How small is too Small?"

    Was prepping for my test trip last year, an realized that I did not have a tent of any description. I don't really want to borrow my parents' dome, and I don't want to put a ton of cash into something. I've been looking at tarp-tents, etc for a bit, and realize "Hey! I have about 13' of 60"...
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    Lake Chippewa Flowage mini-trip (Sawyer County, WI. Near Hayward)

    (Note that this trip was late September, 2019. I've been without in-home broadband for a while, so did not get around to posting) Looking for a place to get away for a day or two, fish or test out gear? Lake Chippewa Flowage might be just what you are looking for. I spent three days/two nights...
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    Solo Daytripper SOF build

    I'd been wanting to build my latest hull idea, but was not willing to commit to the time (& cash expense!) of another stripper at this time. Happened to meet Nick Schade at Canoecopia, and took some interest in his current project, a skin-on-frame kayak kit. I took some inspiration from there...
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    Craigslist find: Duluth Monarch #2, vintage.

    Was browsing my local craigslist, and found this. Not mine, and I've not been in contact with the seller. Thought that some of the CT users might be interested.
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    Use of Non-standard glass fabrics

    Most of the canoe builds that you see around are based on the old reliable 6oz. and 4oz. plain weave e-glass fabrics. Has anyone experimented with other glass options? We sometimes see various twill fabrics listed, usually in heavier weights. Browsing the Raka site, I found something called...
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    Small canoe race and music fest, Saturday, June 10 2017, Southwest Wisconsin

    Hope this one is not too far off topic for the site. If so, please let me know. This may be far from the tastes of many on the site, but if you would like to do something in a canoe around other people, the friends of Readstown Wisconsin is putting on a fundraiser to improve their local parks...
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    Chance to check out Swift canoes - Madison WI, 5-13-17

    Anyone interested in checking out a Swift Canoe in person in the midwest might want to go to Rutabaga Paddlesports in Madison WI this Saturday. Apparently, Swift is delivering a truckload of boats that were ordered during this year's Canoecopia event. Staff at Rutabaga stated that they will...
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    Solo daytripper - design ideas

    My last strip build was intended as a sort of all-around canoe for the sort of things that I expected to do, both solo and tandem. During the design discussion I was told by a couple of people that I would probably be happier with two boats - a solo, and a tandem. After a summer with "The...
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    Epoxy/Glass issue

    So, I've had a summer to digest what I learned from my experimental build last winter/spring, and overall, I think I'm ready to improve on the next one. Many things went right, many more went wrong and were corrected. Then, there's this: I'm very disappointed with the way the interior...
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    Poll: How often do you switch sides?

    The various polls got me wondering: When single-blading in calm water, how often do you switch sides? For purposes fo this question, calm = smooth enough that you could safely paddle from either side. I know whitewater guys will have to switch constantly, depending on conditions, and that's not...
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    Laminated Wood Seat frame failure postmortem and re-engineering

    Hey all, those who have been following my experimental Strip build may have already seen some photos from my test paddle Monday. Overall, a good test. However.... One item did not work out as well as I had hoped. My lovely, laminated seat frame did not survive the day. I'm a little...
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    Well, if I'm building a canoe....

    I might as well try my hand at a paddle as well. My last ones were a bit oversized and sort of crude, but serviceable. I've been watching some of the paddle threads, and its time to join the fun. I actually managed to salvage all of this from the scrap/offcuts pile. If you think that cedar...
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    Shop made hand planes

    I hope this is not too off topic. a few years ago, I built a couple of hand planes for use in my canoe making projects, and any other place they would be handy. Wood block bodies, irons made of salvaged material, locked with wedges. Anyone with similar tools, experience building, or tuning...
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    Cedar Strip Build "The Experiment"

    Some of you may have talked with me about the canoe design I've been working on over the last few weeks. Here is the build! This canoe is an experiment for me in several ways. - The hull is rather different in form from what I have built in the past. We'll see how handling is affected. -...
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    Cedar Strip: hull form & oilcanning

    I'm looking at building another Cedar Strip (my third) and would like to take the best of what I have done so far and improve on it... One thing that I have noticed on both of my previous builds is that the hull tends to oilcan a bit. Paddlers can get the hull to oscillate just by bouncing in...
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