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High-performance wooden boats for the racing community

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Wooden Canoe, Kayak and Small Boat Kits and Plans

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Getting Started

So you want to build your first boat
A man checks inside a nearly finished wooden canoe

Choosing a Design

Good boats begin with good plans
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Canoecraft

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Joan Barrett and Ted Moores pose for a portrait against the backdrop of the Bear Mountain Boats workshop. A caption underneath "Photo Credit: Andrew Szeto"

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Letter to Ted: Notes on the Joy of Making Things by Jon Belton

It must have been twenty-five years ago I sat on a park bench in Argyll, Scotland, staring in wonder at a woodstrip canoe, upside down on top of a Volvo roof rack. Every bloke that walked passed ran his hands along it – it was a visual and tactile sight to behold. I vowed to make one someday.

Choosing the Right Kayak (Kayaks You Can Build Excerpt)

The following is an excerpt from Kayaks You Can Build by Ted Moores and Greg Rössel. Click here to order the complete edition. Table of Conten...

Anatomy of a Canoe: Essentials of Good Design (Canoecraft Excerpt)

One does not have to be a naval architect to understand the basic principles of canoe design. They are relatively simple, yet vitally important – especially to the builder. The curves of a well-designed canoe are its calling card – a proclamation of the kind of paddling it does best.