Well not every project is a boat, as this amazing carving by Michael Cossever points out. Michael started out building a Hiawatha canoe and got intrigued with carving glued up strips.  Check out our Hobby Woods page and you will see some more of his work.


Eagle & Salmon  Carving by Michael Cossever


We have so many photos of happy campers that we really don’t know where to start, so we are going to leave this page pretty much free form and see where it goes from here. If you recognize your boat and your name is not beside it, we apologize in advance and look forward to hearing from you so that we may give credit where due.


Horst-1                    Horst-2 

A “Ranger” in Germany


Horst Blessing of Germany did a fabulous job building this 15′ Ranger with full length strips including scuppered inwales, all shipped in our Balsam Box. A nice rich coloured cedar strip canoe that must surely be a sweet paddle.


Redbird copy  A  “Redbird” in California.


Simply well built and a beauty to look at in this wonderful photo! 


A pure classic, the Wee Lassie. Nothing beats this classic “Solo” design which the late Mack McCarthy tweaked just a little from the original Rushton design. A simple build without superimposed compound curvature bows making it a treat to strip and a real rocket to paddle leaving all the other Wee’s behind. Complete kits with moulds are available from TotemStrips.

Lassie-3     Our own ” Wee Lassie”


We did not supply the strips on the boat below,  but our Tom Cat customer forwarded these pictures on to us. Another Mac McCarthy design -the Wee Lassie 2- is a wee bit faster than the Wee Lassie and it shows by the evidence of hardly any wake at all. Perhaps not quite as stable as the Wee Lassie but in skilled hands a faster rocket for sure. Imagine rigging this up with a semi enclosed deck, outrigger and sail.


Wee Lassie 2           “Wee Lassie Two”                              


Wee Lassie two Take note of the sweet lines ..

… on the bow, pure and simple entry.  

treat to strip!


Waddy-1  Redfish Kayak


John Waddington of Belleville Ont. built three kayaks from our strips.  His third Redfish Kayak shown in the photos above & belove  are a great example of what to do with Yellow Cedar and Red cedar. An elegant simple enough pattern pleasing to the eye.


Waddy-2  Redfish Kayak


Sometimes the simple restriction of having only so many strips shared between two individuals can create the most amazing patterns as shown in the photo below. Rather than letting pre conceived notions dictate their process these two individuals let the availability of their shared materials dictate the pattern and the end result is truly spectacular. We provided these builders , with a baker’s dozen of mixed red and yellow cedar which helped to determine their designs for them. 


Holloway-1 copy


On another note we also manufacture components for skin on frame kayaks so that you may build in the same manner as the Inuit or Greenlanders. Real ultra-lights and simply pleasing to the eye.


Leedham-1 copy  Liz Leedham’s …

…skin on frame kayak


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