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BUILDING A STRIP CANOE. SECOND EDITION, REVISED & EXPANDED.
By Gil Gilpatrick. Paperback, 0.66kg, 216mm x 278mm, 111 pages, full colour photographs and drawings and full-sized plan inside.
After supervising the construction of more than 500 canoes during his 30 years as an outdoor resources instructor in the school system of Skowhegan, Maine, Gil Gilpatrick shares his voice of experience through easy step-by-step instructions that will successfully guide both novice and accomplished woodworkers in the building of a sturdy, ready-to-use strip canoe.
This revised and expanded second edition of Building a Strip Canoe includes plans and patterns for eight proven designs, most of which are Gil's original adaptations, and more than 100 photographs and illustrations. Also included are directions for making handwoven cane seats and attractive, lightweight, stalwart paddles.
A Master Main Guide, Gil tests the performance of his own canoes on the challenging Allagash River every summer. As a result, his many years of experimenting have refined his contemporary construction method of augmenting traditional wood strips with fiberglass and WEST System epoxy. From safety in the workshop to repairs and maintenance, Gil explains the learned shortcuts while also offering a helpful list of sources for the lumper, tools, and supplies needed to build a beautiful, durable canoe.
NZ$50.00 + delivery.
CANOE AND KAYAK BUILDING THE LIGHT AND EASY WAY.
By Sam Rizzetta. Paperback, 0.59kg, 215mm x 274mm, 239 pages, monochrome photographs and drawings.
Boats made from kevlar or carbon fiber composites are lighter to carry, easier to paddle, and tough as nails, but that factory-built canoe or kayak you have your eye on can cost $2,000 or more. Why not build your own instead? With master craftsman Sam Rizzetta's revolutionary fabric-form construction method, you can build a kevlar, carbon fiber, or fiber glass boat at a fraction of the retail cost and in a fraction of the time required by other building methods.
Inside you will find:
Complete building plans for three boats, including Rizzetta's innovative, ergonomically optimized Wasp canoe design.
Full instructions for the use of fabric-covered forms to build a boat quickly and easily.
Instructions for molding a new boat around your favourite old one.
A simple method for retrofitting and using safety flotation in a canoe or recreational kayak.
Instructions for building lightweight paddles and model boats
NZ$57.00 + delivery.
BUILDING STRIP-PLANKED BOATS
By Nick Schade. Paperback, 0.48kg, 186mm x 233mm, 280 pages, monochrome photographs and drawings.
Tens of thousands of hobbyists and professionals have turned out rugged, beautiful wooden kayaks with Nick Schade's classic guide, The Strip-Built Sea Kayak. Now Nick shows you how to strip-build dinghies, canoes and other small boats as well as kayaks. Inside this book you'll find:
Complete plans for a canoe, a kayak and a dinghy
Step-by-step instructions for any strip-built boat
Everything you need to know about materials, tools and safety
Tips on how to adapt your favorite boat design to strip construction
Photos and ideas for decorative treatments to inspire you
NZ$43.00 + delivery.
CANOECRAFT, An Illustrated Guide to Fine Woodstrip Construction; revised and expanded edition.
By Ted Moores. Paperback, 0.54kg, landscape 275mm x 205mm, 207 pages. Monochrome photographs and drawings.
This book is a canoe builder's guide for the whole process of choosing, designing and building a wooden canoe of the finest quality. Many drawings and photographs illustrate the process of deriving plans, and of using tools and wood fastening techniques to guide a first timer through the process.
This edition of the author's best-selling guide to canoe building is bigger and better than ever. It has been completely revised and expanded to include five new designs and dozens of additional photographs.
The book now includes a chapter on carving a paddle, and a series of "insider" tips and techniques that will make the experience of building a canoe even more satisfying.
NZ$50.00 + delivery.
THE CANOE SHOP.
By Chris Kulczycki. Paperback, 0.36kg, 186mm x 233mm, 161 pages, monochrome photographs and drawings.
The Canoe Shop arms you with complete plans and step-by-step instructions for building three graceful and rugged touring canoes, including a 12 foot double-paddle canoe, a 14 foot solo, and a 16 foot tandem. You needn't be an experienced boatbuilder to get the most out of this book. All that's required are a few common tools and the most basic woodworking skills. The secret is Chris Kulczycki's original LapStitch approach, which combines traditional lapstrake boatbuilding with the simplicity and ease of modern stitch-and-glue construction. With the help of 170 photos and illustrations, Chris walks you through the entire process for all three designs - from reading the plans to painting or varnishing your new canoe.
NZ$45.00 + Delivery.
THE STRIP-BUILT SEA KAYAK - Three Rugged Beautiful Boats You Can Build.
By Nick Schade. Paperback, 0.44kg, 235mm x 185mm, 202 pages, monochrome photographs.
This book is very similar in concept to 'The Kayakshop' except the designs presented are more complex than the sheet plywood boat in The KayakShop. The three designs featured are built up from narrow strips of cedar. This form of construction gives a more rounded shape and also produces a very light boat. However the level of building skill required probably best suits someone with some carpentry experience, and some knowledge of 'lofting' from tables of offsets.
The three designs featured in the book are very beautiful boats based on Inuit and Aleut skin boats.
NZ$46.00 + Delivery.
KAYAKCRAFT, Fine Woodstrip Kayak Construction.
By Ted Moores. Paperback, 0.54kg, 280mm x 215mm, 175 pages, monochrome photographs and diagrams.
This is a very similar book to 'The Stripbuilt Sea kayak" but more recent. The author Ted Moores is a very respected builder of canoes and kayaks, in fact some of his work is displayed in museums in the United States. In this book he takes the reader through every step involved in creating a beautiful strip planked sea kayak. There are plans for three kayaks, a fourteen, a sixteen and a seventeen footer. The instructions and quality of illustrations are so good in this book it is hard to imagine how you could go wrong. There are also several very informative chapters on sea kayak design features.
NZ$50.00 + Delivery.
BUILDING THE GREENLAND KAYAK, A Manual for Its Construction and Use.
By Christopher Cunningham. Paperback, 0.43kg, 185mm x 230mm, 193 pages, monochrome photographs, plans and drawings.
Simplicity, elegance, performance and speed: these are the hallmarks of the Greenland Kayak. Its low profile minimises windage and its narrow beam makes it behave well in rough water, and fast. As its survival from its ancient origins would suggest, the Greenland Kayak is lively, versatile and responsive when judged by modern standards.
This book leads the reader step-by-step through the process of constructing his or her own kayak, using inexpensive, commonplace materials and woodworking tools. Featured I the book are:
NZ$46.00 + delivery.
- Easy-to-follow building instructions supported by hundreds of
- complete lists of all the tools and materials needed,
- detailed primers in wood milling, fastening, rib-bending and measuring,
- additional instructions for making a Greenland paddle, paddling clothing, float bags, skegs and more,
- pointers on paddling technique, kayak rolling and kayaks for children.
KAYAKS YOU CAN BUILD.
By Ted Moores & Greg Rossel. Hardcover, 1.35kg, 280mm x 210mm, 256 pages, full colour photographs.
Step-by-step instructions show you how to assemble the most popular plywood kayak kits available today including: Pygmy Coho (Pygmy Boats), Mill Creek 13 (Chesapeake Light Craft), Enterprise (Bear Mountain Boat Shop).
A boatbuilder's journal records the building of each kit on a day-by-day basis, from opening the box to launching the boat.
Simple stitch-and-glue construction demands neither special skill nor special tools. This book supplies the knowledge and experience you need to achieve professional results.
Working with this book as your guide is like having two professional boatbuilders helping you with:
- Basic plywood boat-building techniques
- How to read plans and drawings
- Choosing the right kayak for your needs, waters and skill
- Setting up your work area, necessary tools
- Minimizing exposure to toxic fumes and dust
- How to avoid and correct mistakes
Kayaks You Can Build enables the first-time builder to assemble a kayak with truly professional results.
NZ$90.00 + Delivery.
BUILDING OUTRIGGER SAILING CANOES.
By Gary Dierking. Paperback, 0.53kg, 215mm x 269mm, 171 pages, monochrome photographs and drawings.
Seaworthy, light, and easy to build, outrigger canoes combine the romance of the Pacific Islands with spartan design and breathtaking sailing performance.
Noted multihull designer and builder Gary Dierking has designed three traditional Hawaiian and Micronesian outrigger canoes for modern strip-plank or stitch-and-glue construction. Clear descriptions, step-by-step building instructions, complete plans, and hundreds of excellent photos and diagrams show you everything you need to know, including:
Tools and materials
Setup and construction using strip planking or stitch-and-glue plywood(no lofting required)!
Rigging and equipping the boats
How to sail an outrigger canoe
These beautiful boats are easily cartopped and screamingly fast. They draw a crowd on any beach and will leave most so-called high-performance sailboats wallowing in their wakes. Build your own and capture the romance and excitement of the South Seas.
NZ$39.00 + Delivery.
By David L. Nichols. Paperback, 0.65kg, 215mm x 278mm, 160 pages, colour photographs and plans.
Lapstrake boats are built by partially overlapping successive thin planks the length of the boat, to make a gorgeous shape that is lightweight, very strong, and stable. David Nichols makes "advanced" boatbuilding accessible to all ages and skill levels. He has written this book so that high-schooler with a bit of focus can build himself or herself a stunning canoe. This book is thoroughly illustrated with colour photos and line drawings throughout, taking the reader step-by-step through every part of the process. The photos alone could teach you how to build a canoe. In addition, David Nichol's written instructions are clear and deliberate, breaking down each job into a series of simple tasks, telling where to watch for common errors, imparting skills and good humor at every turn. He also includes free plans for three of his own canoe designs, ranging from 12 feet to 16 feet, plus plans for making your own paddle, and making a downwind sail. This book is an astonishing wealth of information and experience at your fingertips.
NZ$60.00 + Delivery.