Perhaps the most important and personal of all of my projects is the canoe - I could go into so much detail about it, so I will attempt to keep this description somewhat brief. It's built out of western red cedar, and is very deeply "vee'd" (anyone who is into boat design will know exactly what I mean). This is because it's the center hull of a trimaran; the rig, trampolines, rudder, blocks, cleats, amas (side hulls) trailer, and more have all come from a donor Hobie 14. The cedar in this boat acts as a core, sandwiched between layers of 6oz fiberglass encased in epoxy. On the outside of the hull, the weave of the fiberglass is buried in many thin coats of epoxy. The visual effect is fantastic: though the cedar is a core and the fiberglass is a solid shell outside of it, the glass and epoxy together form a lens through which the viewer sees the woodgrain underneath. This is still an ongoing feat. Photos from during the initial build serve as headers for some of the pages on this site, but here are a few more. The process is made somewhat clear by the pictures. Particle board station molds are assembled on a semipermanent bench. Cedar strips, milled to a specific thickness and width, are given a bead on one side, and a cove on the other. Short strips are scarfed (and later on during the build, butted) together to form canoe-length strips (mostly between 17 and 19 feet). Because of the bead and cove, they conform easily to the molds, and when glued together with some clever clamping techniques, retain the shape of the molds without any steam bending. The hull is meticulously smoothed, and encased in fiberglass and epoxy.