Watch: Building Skin-on-Frame Canoes


Watch: Building Skin-on-Frame Canoes

This video is pretty cool. It’s put together by Cape Falcon Kayak, and shows the step-by-step process of creating a canoe using a skin-on-frame method. In fact, he creates a pair of canoes side by side, which are sized just right to nest for easy transport, and which can be attached side-by-side for really stable flotation (think of a boat with an outrigger).

It’s really cool to watch the process of how these things are made. Steaming and bending the ribs, tying the stuff together, etc.

He doesn’t actually use skin; instead it’s fabric that later gets impregnated with an epoxy resin.

Heck, he even makes sails for them!

It was really impressive to see him tote both canoes out to his van one-handed. It shows just how light and handy these things are.

After that, we see him playing around on the water… even sailing! Nice.

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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