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Boat designs specifically intended for strip building are fairly common now. Although there are more plans for canoes and kayaks than for other types of boats you can find designs for anything from rowing shells to high performance sailing boats.

Bear Mountain Boat Shop

P.O. Box 191
Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
K9J 6Y8
(705) 740-0470
Home of Ted Moores the noted author of several books on strip-building boats. Traditional canoe designs as well as modern canoe and kayak designs by Steve Killing. They also supply materials and kits.


260 Camino Apolena
Rio Rico AZ 85648-1028
(520) 604-6700
Dinghies and a canoe.


9152 Rosecrans Ave
Bellflower, CA 90706
Some plans for rowing boats and canoes.

Green Valley Boat Works

P.O. Box 20004, Pioneer Park Postal Outlet
Kitchener, Ontario, N2P 2B4 Canada
Plans by designer John Winters for solo and tandem canoes and sea kayaks

Guillemot Kayaks

54 South Rd
Groton, CT, 06340
The author’s own company. Full size plans for all the designs in this book as well as designs for other canoes, row boats, and kayaks.

The International Swift Solo

Bram Dally
11223 136th Ave East
Puyallup, WA 98374 USA
(253) 848-4732
Plans and parts for a high performance solo sailing skiff.

Laughing Loon

344 Gardiner Rd.
Jefferson, Maine 04348 USA
(207) 549-3531
Designs for solo canoes and sea kayaks by Rob Macks

Outer Island

7 Jeffrey Lane
Branford, CT 06405 USA
Jay Babina’s “Outer Island” sea kayak plans.

Redfish Custom Kayak & Canoe Co.

153 Otto St.
Suite G
Port Townsend, Washington 98368
(360) 808-5488 or (360) 379-1131
Plans and materials for several sea kayaks by Joe Greenley.

Shearwater Boats

83 Captain Perry Drive
Phippsburg, Maine 04562
(207) 386 – 0129
The author’s brother Eric Schade has plans for sea kayaks and other boats.

Selway Fisher Design

15 King Street,
Melksham, Wiltshire, SN12 6HB,
International Phone: +44 1225 705074
Some canoes and kayaks and other larger boats.

KayakFoundry - Kayak Design Software
Design your own kayak. This free software by Ross Leidy produces drawings of all the forms needed to strip-plank a kayak.

Tools & Materials:

Some tools and materials are easily found at a hardware store, but chances are good you will have trouble tracking down some of the more specialized items locally. If you live near the water you may be able to find a boating supply chandlery, but you may have to resort to mail order sources for some of the more obscure things.
Several companies now offer high quality kits including all the materials to build strip-planked boats and if you don’t have all the tools to mill your own strips, you can find sources who will mill them for you. You could probably get a local cabinet shop to mill you strips, but be sure you order enough on the first run, because they may not want to do again.

KayakForum Store
Tools, books, gear and materials for building, and using kayaks.

Adirondack Guideboat, Inc

PO 144
Charlotte, Vermont 05445
(866) 425-3926
Kits for Adirondack guide boats.

Chesapeake Light Craft

1805 George Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 267-0137
Kits for all the designs in this book as well as pre-milled strips, fiberglass, epoxy and other boat building materials.

Essex Industries

P.O. Box 374
Mineville, NY 12956
(518) 942-6671
Canoe seats and other parts.

Jamestown Distributors

17 Peckham Drive
Bristol, RI 02809
(800) 497-0010 or (401) 253-3840
A wide selection of boatbuilding tools plus fiberglass and other fabrics and epoxy.

Newfound Woodworks

67 Danforth Brook Road
Bristol, NH 03222
(603) 744-6872
Cove and bead strips and other building materials as well as plans and kits for a variety of canoes, kayaks and rowing boats.

Shaw & Tenney, Inc.

PO. BOX 213 (20 Water Street)
Orono, Maine 04473
(207) 866-4867
Oars, paddles, seats and other outfitting hardware for canoes and rowing boats.

Sweet Composites

6211 Ridge Drive
Bethesda, MD 20816 USA
(301) 229-2201
Mail order source of reinforcing fabrics including, fiberglass, carbon fiber, Kevlar and hybrids. Also tools for working with these fabrics and epoxy.


Retail locations around the country.
(800) 225-1153
Woodworking tools, stain, router bits.

Local Lumber Yard

Lumber suppliers catering to custom homebuilders typically have a better selection of wood than home centers. If they do not stock the wood you want, they can often order it for you.


Strip-planking has been around for a while now and there are several good books available on the subject. While this book attempts to be comprehensive, you will probably be well served by getting some alternate ideas from some of the other books.
If you are a novice woodworker, there are good books about using hand tools and making them sharp that go into more detail than is permitted by the scope of this book.

The Boatbuilder's Apprentice: The Ins and Outs of Building Lapstrake, Carvel, Stitch-and-Glue, Strip-Planked, and Other Wooden Boa

by Greg Rössel
International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; (December 15, 2006)
ISBN-13: 978-0071464055
An overview of a wide variety of boatbuilding techniques.

Building a Strip Canoe

by Gil Gilpatrick
Delorme Mapping Company; (October 2002)
ISBN-13: 978-0899333496
The book I originally learned strip-building from. Some of the techniques are a bit out of date, but attitude of getting a boat on the water is a good one.

Building an Adirondack Guideboat: Wood Strip Reproductions of the Virginia

by Michael J. Olivette and John D. Michne
Nicholas K. Burns Publishing (October 2005)
ISBN-13: 978-0971306998
Building a traditional looking Adirondack guideboat using modern strip built methods.

Canoecraft: An Illustrated Guide to Fine Woodstrip Construction

by Ted Moores
Firefly Books; (September 2000)
ISBN-13: 978-1552093429
The introduction to cedar-strip and epoxy canoe building for many builders and still a valuable resource. Includes offsets for several canoes.

The Complete Guide to Sharpening

by Leonard Lee
Taunton; (October 9, 1995)
ISBN-13: 978-1561581252
Sharp tools work better. This book will teach you how to get your tools sharp.

Featherweight Boatbuilding

by Henry “Mac” McCarthy
Wooden Boat Publications; (October 1996)
ISBN-13: 978-0937822395
Plans and instructions for strip-building a Wee Lassie double paddle canoe.

Hand Tools: Their Ways and Workings

by Aldren A. Watson
W. W. Norton & Company; (April 2002)
ISBN-13: 978-0393322767
A good guide to using hand tools.

Illustrated Guide to Wood Strip Canoe Building

by Susan Van Leuven
Schiffer Publishing; (September 1998)
ISBN-13: 978-0764305375
Color photographs of all stages of building a canoe.

Kayak Craft

by Ted Moores
Wooden Boat Publications (September 1999)
ISBN-13: 978-0937822562
A follow-up to Canoecraft but describing some kayaks. Includes offsets for several kayaks.

Strip Built Canoe: How to build a beautiful, lightweight, cedar strip canoe

by Randy Folsom
BookSurge Publishing; (February 2007)
ISBN-13: 978-1419660788
A new book on building canoes.

The Strip-Built Sea Kayak: Three Rugged, Beautiful Boats You Can Build

by Nick Schade
International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 1 edition (March 31, 1998)
ISBN-13: 978-0070579897
The author’s first book on building kayaks. Including offsets for 3 kayaks.

The Stripper's Guide to Canoe-Building (With Fold-Out Drawings)

by David Hazen
Tamal Vista Publications
ISBN-13: 978-0917436000
An early guide to build canoes and kayaks. Includes full size drawings of the boats.

Rip, Strip, & Row: A Builders Guide to the Cosine Wherry

by J. D. Brown
Tamal Vista Pubns; (October 1985)
ISBN-13: 978-0917436024
Instructions for building a rowing boat.

Woodstrip Rowing Craft: How to Build, Step by Step

by Susan Van Leuven
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing (May 2006)
ISBN-13: 978-0764325533
Color photographs of building a rowing boat.

Resource Web Sites:

Some well selected keywords entered into your favorite search engine will provide a wealth of sites with worthwhile information about building boats, the strip-built method and any other subject that you may want more background in. Many builders have posted journals and slide shows of their boat building experiences, these can be a good resource for learning alternative tricks.
The website for this book. Look here for updates and corrections to the book as well as useful information such as links to all the various websites include in this list.

Kayak Building Videos
A collection of videos showing many aspects of how to build your own wooden kayak.
A website connecting boat designers and boat builders.

Duckworks Magazine
An online magazine catering to messing about in small boats.
A discussion board hosted by the author for people interested in building kayaks but open to people building any kind of small boat.

WoodenBoat Forum
A forum hosted by WoodenBoat Magazine covering all topics related to wooden boats.

Wood Handbook
A publication from the USDA Forest Products Laboratory discussing wood as an engineering material. Also available as a print publication.