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UPDATE: Fine Woodstrip Canoe Building from Bear Mountain Boats

comments (84) December 13th, 2011 in blogs

BetsyE Betsy Engel, contributor
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Fine Woodstrip Canoe Building
Bear Mountain Boats, 2010
$29.95 Can; 136 minutes (2 DVD set)

Nick Offerman recently wrote an article for us, “Level Big Slabs in No Time Flat” and while we were in LA to take photos for the article he gave us a tour of his shop. Hanging from the rafters we discovered a beautiful woodstrip canoe that he built. Ends up that Nick also made a DVD about building the canoe based on plans from Bear Mountain Boats and their book, Canoecraft, by Ted Moores. The DVD follows Nick as he builds the canoe and provides you with helpful instructions and comments throughout.

Lucky Sadie170 is the winner. His comment was chosen at random.

I hope he posts some photos when he finished his canoe in the the Gallery.



posted in: blogs, giveaway, dvd, canoes


Comments (84)

woodnironsmith woodnironsmith writes: Building a boat is something I have not done, but would love to do. This book would help get the process started.
Posted: 8:13 am on December 29th

woodworkinginterest woodworkinginterest writes: I would love to win this.
Posted: 6:51 pm on December 13th

scottnelson scottnelson writes: Count me it as well. I've made two cedar strip canoes and would love to build another to a higher standard of craftsmanship.
Posted: 8:08 pm on December 12th

Gillman Gillman writes: Sweet.
Posted: 7:41 am on December 12th

aittoan aittoan writes: Yes please
Posted: 8:31 am on December 10th

woodnironsmith woodnironsmith writes: I never built a boat, but I always wanted to build one.
Posted: 7:43 am on December 10th

madjack madjack writes: Looks like a great winter project!
Posted: 4:08 pm on December 8th

atoma atoma writes: This is WAY cool!! Please count me in.
Posted: 6:08 pm on December 7th

Dean Elger Dean Elger writes: I own a kayak and have been thinking of building one myself. This would be a great project that would yield a family heirloom.
Posted: 5:56 pm on December 7th

WoodCrafter WoodCrafter writes: I made the Prospector in mahogany, trimmed in ash.
Created a decorative strip made up of 196 pieces on each side above the waterline.
It is a challenge but Ted Moore's book is very well written.
I did cane my own seats as well - another first.Ted's book was a bit short on this subject.
Now having that cd would have been great - come late than never Nick!
Posted: 5:50 pm on December 7th

JohnRD JohnRD writes: I think the building of a watertight wooden canoe would be an ultimate test of a woodworkers skill.
Posted: 5:37 pm on December 7th

highpro highpro writes: Building one of these is on my life list! This would be so cool!
Posted: 1:34 pm on December 7th

spymac spymac writes:
Posted: 12:14 pm on December 7th

spymac spymac writes: Looks like fun! Count me in!

Cheers,
Derek
Posted: 12:14 pm on December 7th

spymac spymac writes: Looks like fun! Count me in!

Cheers,
Derek
Posted: 12:14 pm on December 7th

spymac spymac writes: Looks like fun! Count me in!

Cheers,
Derek
Posted: 12:13 pm on December 7th

spymac spymac writes: Looks like fun! Count me in!

Cheers,
Derek
Posted: 12:13 pm on December 7th

spymac spymac writes: Looks like fun! Count me in!

Cheers,
Derek
Posted: 12:13 pm on December 7th

spymac spymac writes: Looks like fun! Count me in!

Cheers,
Derek
Posted: 12:13 pm on December 7th

spymac spymac writes: Looks like fun! Count me in!

Cheers,
Derek
Posted: 12:13 pm on December 7th

spymac spymac writes: Looks like fun! Count me in!

Cheers,
Derek
Posted: 12:12 pm on December 7th

spymac spymac writes: Looks like fun! Count me in!

Cheers,
Derek
Posted: 12:12 pm on December 7th

spymac spymac writes: Looks like fun! Count me in!

Cheers,
Derek
Posted: 12:12 pm on December 7th

spymac spymac writes: Looks like fun! Count me in!

Cheers,
Derek
Posted: 12:12 pm on December 7th

spymac spymac writes: Looks like fun! Count me in!

Cheers,
Derek
Posted: 12:12 pm on December 7th

spymac spymac writes: Looks like fun! Count me in!

Cheers,
Derek
Posted: 12:12 pm on December 7th

spymac spymac writes: Looks like fun! Count me in!

Cheers,
Derek
Posted: 12:12 pm on December 7th

yoder yoder writes: I'd love to see the DVD -- especially if I win it.
Posted: 12:11 pm on December 7th

JeffPeters JeffPeters writes: If you pick me I will let you come and hang out with me.
Posted: 9:47 am on December 7th

Artex Artex writes: Count me in
Posted: 9:53 pm on December 6th

TrippRegister TrippRegister writes: I'm in
Posted: 9:01 pm on December 6th

don_m don_m writes: I never win anything so I'm just going to buy the DVD and book. I'm building an ice boat now, so that will be a good segue into building the canoe.
CHEERS!
Posted: 8:21 pm on December 6th

dbouch dbouch writes: count me in for the drawing.
Posted: 7:19 pm on December 6th

jdfriesen74 jdfriesen74 writes: I built a boat a couple of summers ago, and doing a wood strip boat is on my todo list!
Posted: 4:54 pm on December 6th

groovymountain groovymountain writes: I am about to embark on building my own stripper canoe. Would be great to watch the process first.
Posted: 4:35 pm on December 6th

Sistin0 Sistin0 writes: That looks like it would be a fun project.
Posted: 4:32 pm on December 6th

jhm609 jhm609 writes: Don't usually enter competitions but the chance of winning a canoe building DVD is too good to miss
Posted: 4:25 pm on December 6th

SneedHern SneedHern writes: My wife has been after to me to build a boat (instead of all my shop projects), so this might just be what I need.
Posted: 12:09 pm on December 6th

Mark Hulette Mark Hulette writes: What a cool Father-Son or Father-Daughter project!!! Nick is hilarious and a great ambassador for woodworking.
Posted: 11:19 am on December 6th

JLYoung JLYoung writes: Please count me in as well.
Posted: 10:01 am on December 6th

thunder_lizards thunder_lizards writes: I am a huge Nick Offerman fan! The woodworking info would be a bonus.

Thanks!
Posted: 8:12 am on December 6th

PurdueDan PurdueDan writes: This DVD would be great to win.
Posted: 7:57 am on December 6th

allister allister writes: The article on Nick inspired me to buy the book. The DVD would be a nice addition.
Posted: 6:31 am on December 6th

MikeIke MikeIke writes: I have built things for my kids in my woodworking pursuits, and I think it's time to take it to the next level. A canoe can be enjoyed by them and their children. Let's us come up to speed on the construction of one of these, and get busy!
Posted: 12:30 am on December 6th

Teewinot Teewinot writes: I've owned this book for several years and I'm dreaming of the day I build one of these amazing boats myself. Maybe this DVD will give me the inspiration I need.

Please put my name in the hat! Thanks for the chance.
Posted: 11:20 pm on December 5th

sadie170 sadie170 writes: If I win this dvd I will built a canoe.
Posted: 10:30 pm on December 5th

John_Schaalje John_Schaalje writes: I'll try it.
Posted: 10:10 pm on December 5th

cahudson42 cahudson42 writes: One more into the hat!
Posted: 9:04 pm on December 5th

MEL888 MEL888 writes: Thanks

Posted: 8:00 pm on December 5th

canoebuck canoebuck writes: I'm j-stroking and cross bracing and then portaging my entry in to you.
Posted: 7:54 pm on December 5th

MikePo MikePo writes: I have a stack of 20ft western red cedar I bought several years ago but the class got canceled. It is time to put it to use.
Posted: 7:18 pm on December 5th

guitarguyjack guitarguyjack writes: a project i've been planning to try...would love to see another angle on construction before i decide on a proces...
Posted: 7:07 pm on December 5th

Circuit Rider Circuit Rider writes: This idea floats for me.
Posted: 5:59 pm on December 5th

TopspinD TopspinD writes: Would love to win this... this is a bucketlist project for me. Thanks.
Posted: 1:50 pm on December 5th

Halz57 Halz57 writes: I've already built a strip canoe & kayak. Maybe this DVD could help me avoid some mistakes for the next one.
Posted: 1:03 pm on December 5th

rpeowen2 rpeowen2 writes: Always wanted to build a strip built canoe.
Posted: 11:48 am on December 5th

jdm92562 jdm92562 writes: I could use a new Canoe
Posted: 10:20 am on December 5th

bobandsally bobandsally writes: throw my name in the hat
Posted: 10:02 am on December 5th

elithian elithian writes: I like FWW.
Posted: 9:50 am on December 5th

tlpmap tlpmap writes: Would be a challenge to build.
Posted: 9:06 am on December 5th

lkim lkim writes: does it matter what my comment is? if a winner is chosen at random? either way--

ron swanson/nick offerman was my first woodworking hero. the image of him on an episode of parks and rec, tenderly applying a finish to his woodstrip canoe, was my introduction to the beauty of craftsmanship. I'm only 21, and I've been woodworking for less than a year, but now I know it's what I want to devote my life to.

THANKS NICK!!


Posted: 4:48 am on December 5th

JLockard JLockard writes: This would be fantastic and would set me up with my winter project. :)

Posted: 1:45 am on December 5th

WoodDawg53 WoodDawg53 writes: Winning this sure would shine some light on the dark days of winter.
Posted: 12:41 am on December 5th

JeffS JeffS writes: I bought canoecraft several years ago intending to build a boat- life got in the way but a couple of weeks ago my 13 yo son found it and asked if we could build one together!!!
what a good way to keep his interest until we can do it.
Posted: 12:00 am on December 5th

seacruise seacruise writes: Through me in that brier patch. I'll build a canoe in a heartbeat. And, do a video on the build to boot.
Posted: 12:00 am on December 5th

streetdoc streetdoc writes: always wanted to build my own canoe
Posted: 11:35 pm on December 4th

paultxsa paultxsa writes: This would be a great thing to have! Pick me. I'll send you pictures of the dogs watching it with me.
Posted: 11:21 pm on December 4th

Jamul Jamul writes: Nick's slab work was awesome!


Posted: 10:34 pm on December 4th

LEdmands LEdmands writes: I've got a forty year old fibreglass canoe that springs a new leak every time I take it out. I would love to learn how to build a beautful wooden one. Hope I'm the lucky one.
Posted: 10:23 pm on December 4th

mrfixitnow mrfixitnow writes: Incredable skills to learn from this book
Posted: 10:19 pm on December 4th

ChrisDopp ChrisDopp writes: I would love to get a copy.
Posted: 9:42 pm on December 4th

casaheil casaheil writes: Canoecraft is supposed to be a great book. I've deamed of building a boat for years.
Posted: 9:01 pm on December 4th

MGWOOD MGWOOD writes: wood love it!

Posted: 8:49 pm on December 4th

JPSzcz JPSzcz writes: "Every two weeks I need to sand down my toe nails. They're too strong for clippers."
Posted: 8:23 pm on December 4th

Portage1969 Portage1969 writes: Another opportunity to learn something new.

Posted: 6:13 pm on December 4th

AKWintermute AKWintermute writes: I've been wanting to build one of these.
Posted: 6:13 pm on December 4th

anonmt anonmt writes: I'd love to win this!
Posted: 5:03 pm on December 4th

TomOIIIIIO TomOIIIIIO writes: With the price of gas these days I need to build a canoe. This DVD would be great.
Posted: 4:19 pm on December 4th

Paladin2025 Paladin2025 writes: Great review on this DVD from the publisher's info page. Definitely a keeper with the companion book. Although building a canoe wasn't on my top 10 must builds, this instructional video might just be the big motivator.
Posted: 3:14 pm on December 4th

MTMan2 MTMan2 writes: Giveaways are nice when they happen to you.
Posted: 3:11 pm on December 4th

Larrythewoodguy Larrythewoodguy writes: Building a canoe has been on my bucket list for years .
I already have the book and now the dvd would be just what i need to get started.

Thanks for a chanced to win.

Larry
Posted: 2:18 pm on December 4th

fabs fabs writes: Living in North Wales uk born in Liverpool if I get the dvd, it will make it possible for me to paddle across the mersey instead of ferry across the mersey. Love what you gents are doing with woodworking over there many thanks
Paul.

Posted: 2:02 pm on December 4th

hukcats1 hukcats1 writes: This has been a dream project for my 13-year old son and me. It'd be great to have some help and inspiration.

Happy Holidays!

Posted: 12:58 pm on December 4th

jverreault jverreault writes: Coming from a long line of shipwright's, of which I'm sadly not one, winning this would be strangely appropriate.

Cheers.

John
Posted: 12:12 pm on December 4th

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