CanoeCraft - by Ted Moores

An Illustrated Guide to Fine Woodstrip Construction
Canoecraft Front Cover
Canoecraft Back Cover
Canoecraft Introduction

In 1983 Ted Moores wrote what was destined to become the bible of woodstrip canoe building. Canoecraft showed the world how to make a rugged, lightweight canoe that was also a work of art. In 2000 with another 16 years of experience under his belt, Ted revised and expanded this treasure trove of canoe building information to make it even better.

This book starts off with some history of canoes in general and cedar strip canoes in particular, it then goes on to discuss canoe design and what to look for in a good design. Included are offsets for 8 different and beautiful canoes. From the offsets you can draw your own full size forms so you can build these great boats directly from the book.

From there the heart of the book are the techniques you need to build any cedar strip and epoxy-fiberglass canoe from setting up forms to final varnishing and fitting out. Also included are a nice set of instructions for making a canoe paddle.

Ted Moores is a master builder of woodstrip/epoxy canoes. Over four decades teaching wooden-boat construction, he discovered that the same dream motivates all of his students, no matter their age: to build something beautiful and functional.

Canoecraft is the road map to that dream. Moores offers comprehensive instructions for the first-time builder, and for the second-time builder. He adds a variety of canoe plans, each presented as a traditional table of offsets. There is also a series of builder's tips and techniques, and an entire chapter on carving a paddle, the perfect accompaniment to a handcrafted canoe.

Whether the goal is to build a general-purpose recreational canoe, or an efficient modern tripping canoe, or a full-decked fast-cruising canoe with walnut veneer, Canoecraft is the ideal guide to making it happen successfully.