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Easy step-by-step instructions and plans to build your own strip canoe from scratch!

  • Includes full-size plans for 8 field-tested strip canoes, affixed in a pouch at the back of the book
  • Step-by-step instructions for building your canoe, seats, and paddles
  • More than 100 photographs & illustrations to guide you through building a canoe from start to finish
  • Tips & techniques for safety, repair, and maintenance
  • Extensive list of sources for the lumber, tools, and supplies you’ll need

An expert outdoorsman and canoe builder who has supervised the construction of more than 500 canoes, Gil Gilatrick shares his voice of experience in guiding both novice and accomplished woodworkers in building a canoe with easy step-by-step instruction.

Covering everything from safety in the boat to shop repairs, Gil thoroughly explains the whys and shortcuts learned from his experience in the shop and on the water. A Maine guide, he uses his own canoes and tests their performance on the challenging Allagash River every summer.

This revised edition of Building a Strip Canoe includes full-sized plans for 8 well-proven canoe designs, most of which are the author’s own adaptations.

Step-by-step directions for building a canoe from start to finish are accompanied by more than 100 photographs and illustrations.

From the Publisher

Easy step-by-step instructions to building your own strip canoe from stem to stern.

Full-Size Plans for 8 Field-Tested Strip Canoes

Inside, find 24″x28″ plans for the stations of these 8 canoe designs, plus extras:

18′ White Guide

20′ White Guide

White Water

River Runner

Grand Laker

Puddle Duck


The Laker




8 Easy-to-Build, Field-Tested Canoes

Full-Sized Plans & Instructions

Gil Gilpatrick shares his 30 years experience with 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.

Plans & patterns for 8 proven designs

Step-by-step instructions

100+ photographs & illustrations

Instructions to make handwoven canoe seats

Instructions to make lightweight paddles

Learn to augment your wood strips with fiberglass

Learn easy tips for repairs & maintenance

Includes an extensive list of sources for lumber, tools, & supplies

Everything you need to know to build your own strip canoe from scratch

Building the Hull

Hull-building is the first step in watching your canoe grow into a beautiful, sleek, yet extremely functional form. Everything is covered here from the materials and tools you’ll need to laying up and smoothing the strips, step-by-step.


This portion of the strip canoe building process can be intimidating. But this book provides all the knowledge you need to succeed—materials & tools, the proper environment, filling & sealing, stem reinforcement, & fiberglassing the hull, the inside, & the keel (if your canoe has one).

The Woodwork

Without the rigidity of a well-put-together framework, any canoe is subject to twisting, racking, & bending. Woodwork for gunwales, decks, yoke & thwarts, and seats is all considered here, with materials & tools lists and step-by-step instructions for each part of the process.


Take a little extra care to make your own comfortable first-class seats for your strip canoe, and your body will thank you! From the frames to the caning to the installation, you’ll learn step-by-step how to build, string, weave, and bind ample, breathable canoe seats with plastic cane.

The Preliminaries

When building a strip canoe, not only are the preliminaries necessary, but it is essential that they be done well if the finished product is to be one that you can be proud of. Instructions to build a strongback, stations, and strips are all included here, along with materials & tools lists.

Easy to follow, well-illustrated instructions

Find step-by-step instructions & photos for every part of the process of building your own strip canoe: The hull, the woodwork, the fiberglass, and the seats. Each chapter thoroughly describes and illustrates the next part of the process, so you can gain the confidence you need to build your strip canoe from beginning to end.


It is only fitting that you make a pair of paddles to match your newly finished canoe! Material preparation, laminating, shaping, and finishing are all covered, so you can make your own decorative and functional paddles from scratch.


Inevitably, you will need to make a repair to your canoe. But don’t worry! It’s not any more difficult than the original work you’ll learn to do with fiberglass, and this book will teach you step-by-step how to repair both outside damage and an inside break.

Prepare Your Materials

Build Your Strip Canoe

Make Your Own Paddles

Repair Damages