Being manufacturers we make no compromises and offer the very best in a variety of sizes to satisfy all builders. This is what sets Totem Strips apart from the rest. By cutting our larger timbers with our precision re-saws we are able to reduce wastage by as much as 10-15% very easily and maximize our variety of strip sizes. This helps that cedar log to go that much further to reduce our collective demand. Again this may be more labour intensive but the end result is more variety in strip widths which are more flexible to build tighter radius or compound curvature hulls.
The above 1/4″ x 3/4″ strips are a perfect example of the quality of our machining as well as the inherent ability of the strips to nest together without any coaxing whatsoever. Our strips are all slightly over sized a predetermined constant amount so that when you have sanded out the fine but robust cove edge when fairing the hull they will still be 1/4″ thick at all the joins. We do not under size our strips in thickness to economize our production but do the exact opposite and provide more. No Feather edges on our strips, but a well protected cove so crucial when pulling long strips out and applying them, especially if you do not have a helper there to lift one end of the strips for you. No slivers from poorly machined coves with feather edges or jagged saw tooth edges due to the damaging effects of kiln drying. No matter which way you look at it , machining strips from brittle kiln -dried cedar invites disaster. Machining air dried cedar into strips consistently ensures crisp, supple, deep depth quality, bead and cove strips truly second to none. But the real benefit to this is the absolute flexability and bending qualities which kiln dried cedar cannot match.
we beg to differ….
We offer FOUR widths of 1/4″ cedar strips:
- 1/4″ x 3/8″
- 1/4″ x 1/2″
- 1/4″ x 5/8″
- 1/4″ x 3/4″
Very few strip suppliers offer more than one size and their motto is “one size fits all”. Not so at “Totem Strips”. Tight radiuses on some designs just do not work well with the one size approach. Forcing strips into place when they are in fact too wide can cause more grief than they are worth in the end. This means increased sanding time and thinner hulls as wider strips around a curve are sanded more to achieve a faired hull. Add to this the time spent filling voids where strips refuse to mate properly due to the resistance when forcing an over sized strip into place, or splitting a cove. Is it really worth it? By simply going with a narrower strip from the beginning suited to your design you will be able to apply strips faster with less effort and sand in less time without filling. This will leave a flawless, thicker more robust hull closer to the original stated size of the strips. You can use 2 or 3 different width sizes on the same hull. Applying strips should be a pleasure and not a dreaded chore and there should be no rush applying strips. Enjoy the process with quality, properly sized strips.
We are well versed with most North American designers and know their designs very well. Ask us and we would be pleased to help you in determining the correct combination and amount of strips you require.
Our 1/4″ x 3/8″ “Fine-line” highlight strips are a real treat to work with and are available in lengths up to 20′ long in both Red and Yellow cedar.
And if you are looking for big stuff for big projects look no further. These custom sized 5/8″ x 1-9/16″ bead & cove strips above were milled from Eastern White Cedar for a small catboat called Tom Cat. A very elegant small craft indeed. There is nothing nicer to look at than hand rendered drawings of some one’s dream.
If you are wondering how we ship our kits read on and check out our shipping and packaging page. Tom Cat’s strip kit package was shipped as a “Courier Kit” via UPS. It seems and feels as though we take as much care packaging to protect your strip kit as we do making the strips.