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August 29, 2020

Cant ribs are the last few at each end of the canoe and they are made in two parts as opposed to being bent at the stem. Mainly because the bend is too tight so they would break!

First I prepared them from some of the yellow cedar I had, and then I cut the tapers on the...

July 25, 2020

The stem to gunwale joints can be made in a variety of ways but it is usually some form of open tenon or bridle joint. Even so to many people it doesn’t resemble a mortice and tenon very much and I have to agree its not much like those used in furniture making.

First a...

July 9, 2020

With the extra planking prepared I could continue planking. On consulting books and the W.C.H,A forum it seemed that just wetting the planks with hot water was supposed to be enough to get them to bend. I found this was not enough for my planking as I kept getting spli...

June 25, 2020

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It’s been quite some time since I have had time to write anything to my blogg what with illlness which was followed by lockdown! but I thought as this Canoe is a different type of build then it deserves to be recorded.

For those of you who are unaware wooden...

November 26, 2019

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I find myself at home for a few weeks laid up with Pericarditis (an inflammation of the lining of the heart probably caused by a virus.)This is a bad thing from many points of view but at least whilst there isn’t much I can do about it aside from resting and...

November 6, 2019

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After the storm of the previous night you can see Nick’s event shelter was now dismantled but our tents were still standing.

As a result of the weather this blog is a slight departure from canoeing. Most days the weather is good enough and safe enough for a c...

November 2, 2019

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It seems with the way things are going I seem to have less and less time for writing blogs and I am beginning to wonder if anyone has the time to read the them so please do let me know if you are enjoying them. The internet and all things computer related se...

May 13, 2019

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This trip is one I have done many times but it was still an interesting paddle as I saw lots of wildlife and the skies provided some excellent photo opportunities.

As I set off all was mirror like calm.

I didn't see many boats throughout the day. Perhaps it ju...

April 26, 2019

Our final day at Barton Turf Adventure Centre began slightly cloudier and many, apart from some who left the previous day, were readying themselves for the return journey home.

On quizzing folk to see who was up for a paddle it transpired that just Nick and I still want...

April 25, 2019

Day 3 and once again I was up early for a short paddle before the main event. It was even colder than the previous morning and once again it was misty. This time instead of heading out onto the broad I took a left turn and paddled into the mist.

The sun began to rise be...

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