Another benefit of the cedar strip or "strip-built" method is it allows a lot of freedom in designing the form of the boat. 2016 High Quality Aluminum Boat Trailer **FACTORY DIRECT** Lifetime Warranty on Frame, Two Decades of Experience. The canoes of the time were built by a variety of craftsman across the northern tier of the US and throughout Canada.
The little canoe I drew up has a section of tumblehome up near the gunwale that adds freeboard while staying out of the way of the paddler. The resulting vessel is a fun little 15 lbs canoe for lightweight paddlers (about 150 lbs) that will handle a good deal of abuse as long as the users aren’t looking to run whitewater. These full size plans include patterns for all the forms needed to build a strip-built canoe.


While not quite as light as Rushton achieved, it is still a very easy boat to lift and it should hold up very well to extended use.
Henry Rushton gained a reputation for building high quality “Canoes, Pleasure and Hunting boats”. While this shape could probably be fabricated with traditional methods, it is quite easy to build using narrow strips. For those normal people who weight more than 170 lbs, it would be easy enough to stretch out the forms spacing to 12 inches, resulting in a 12-foot long boat that would carry heavier paddlers (over 200 lbs). Like many of the builders of the time his construction techniques drew more on the European tradition of lapstreak planks fastened to ribs than the Native American birch bark canoe. The double paddle canoe type was an obvious choice as it provides a lot of capability in a simple form.


Ruston bragged to one customer, “It is wonderful how few pounds of cedar, rightly modeled and properly put together, it takes to float a man.” The man he was seeking to float was George Washington Sears, a sportswriter who went by the pen name “Nessmuk”.
Nessmuk wrote about wilderness traveling in small boats and advocated, “Go light, the lighter the better, so that you have the simplest materials for health, comfort and enjoyment.” Nessmuck asked Rushton to build him a light weight boat. The result of that request was "Sairy Gamp" a 10 pound canoe that Nessmuk toured around in many of the Adirondack lakes.



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