My Stripper Canoe

Shortly after being exposed to water, I found myself in love with canoes. From the time my parents took me to a friends cottage on Pymatuning Lake, OH or when I took a trip with the YMCA to Temagami North Bay, ON, Canada or while I worked at Wagar's Pine Point on Jack Lake near Apsley, ON, Canada, whenever I had time to be by myself, it was with a canoe in a quite bay with a spinning rod and a Hula Popper plug. In the still of the evening, the pop of the plug sounded like a small explosion and it left lasting memories. My ultimate retreat...

What is a Stripper? Well, it's a construction technique that primarily uses 1/4" thick by 3/4" wide Western Red Cedar wood strips to make up the shell of the canoe. It is then covered with a layer of 6 oz. fiberglass cloth both inside and out, epoxied and then varnished. It is called "A Stripper".

After I retired, I discovered a web site that was all about canoes and it was there that I learned about Ted Moores and his book "CanoeCraft". My first book on the subject. Not only is "Canoecraft" the bible on canoe building but Ted's company, Bear Mountain Boats, builds canoes, sells plans, materials and even kits of small scale canoes that use the exact same construction techniques as their large cousins.

Around Christmas of 2003, I bought the Canadian model kit for Joe, my son, John, my son-in-law, and myself and it was just like the one we used at Wagar's Pine Point. I built mine and I proudly display it but I have no idea whether the other guys built theirs! A few years later, I decided to build my own full size "Stripper" and refuse to ever answer why or try to explain. It is just something I wanted to do... Here we go and no one knows how long it will take...

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