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DIY Strip Canoe Update #7 – Caning The Seats

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In this 7th installment of building a strip canoe we start the process of caning the seats. Plastic cane is used because it will hold up better in water.

 

If you have been following the progress of my husband’s strip canoe, I’m happy to report that this is our 2nd to last post!  The seats are being constructed and after they are installed, the canoe will be complete!  I can’t wait to show you the finished canoe!


Following the recommendation in the Building A Strip Canoe  book, Mr. Hobby is constructing the seats by using plastic cane to weave the seat. Plastic cane, as opposed to a natural cane, is used because it is more durable for outdoor applications.

After two frames were built, holes were drilled for the weaving.  Wooden pegs help to hold the cane tightly in place during the weaving.

 

In this 7th installment of building a strip canoe we start the process of caning the seats. Plastic cane is used because it will hold up better in water.

Cane is first weaved from top to bottom, and then side to side, and eventually vertically.

 

In this 7th installment of building a strip canoe we start the process of caning the seats. Plastic cane is used because it will hold up better in water.

Mr. Hobby reports that weaving the cane is a tedious process, but the end result should be a strong seat that will withstand the elements, especially water.

I am trying my hand at this cane weaving and I’m working on the 2nd seat.   I think I should have read the instructions in the book before I started . . . I’m almost embarrassed to say that I spent quite a bit of time pulling out rows because I made a mistake.

In this 7th installment of building a strip canoe we start the process of caning the seats. Plastic cane is used because it will hold up better in water.

Mr. Hobby also made and installed the yoke.  The yoke will help Mr. Hobby carry the canoe on his own.

The gunnels turned out great!

 

 

In this 7th installment of building a strip canoe we start the process of caning the seats. Plastic cane is used because it will hold up better in water.

The seat pictured above still needs to be attached, it is just set in place right now.  A 2nd seat will be added to the front of the canoe.

We are getting excited for the maiden voyage!

If you enjoyed this project, we’d love if you’d pin it to share!  Thank you!

In this 7th installment of building a strip canoe we start the process of caning the seats. Plastic cane is used because it will hold up better in water.

You can see all posts on this project [ here ].

Thank you for sharing!

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8 Comment

  1. Reply
    Winnie
    July 19, 2016 at 7:25 am

    WOWWWW
    I can't believe the canoe is almost ready! 🙂
    And it looks wonderful

    1. Reply
      Laurie
      July 19, 2016 at 3:54 pm

      I know! Next pictures – it will be in the water . . . and hopefully floating! lol Thanks for stopping by the see the progress 🙂

  2. Reply
    Beverly Roderick
    July 19, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    This looks fabulous! Fabulous might not be the right word for a canoe, but it describes this! I'm so impressed!

    1. Reply
      Laurie
      July 19, 2016 at 3:55 pm

      Thanks Beverly! It really is turning out beautifully.

  3. Reply
    Mary K.- The Boondocks Blog
    July 19, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Laurie, I was thinking about your canoe the other day and wondering what happened to it. And lo and behold here is a new post. This is so beautiful. The wood grain on it shines through and the attention to detail shows just what a master your husband is. Looking forward to the last post and then the maiden voyage.

    1. Reply
      Laurie
      July 19, 2016 at 6:20 pm

      Thanks Mary! I'm looking forward to the maiden voyage and I just asked Mr. Hobby yesterday if he would be crafting some paddles to go with his canoe . . . wouldn't want to be stuck up river without a paddle . .
      Thanks for checking in with us!

    2. Reply
      Mary K.- The Boondocks Blog
      July 22, 2016 at 10:01 am

      Haha Laurie, good thinking!

    3. Reply
      Laurie
      July 22, 2016 at 4:37 pm

      Mr. Hobby was way ahead of me. He pulled some paddles out of the closet. Who knows how long those have been in there! Looks like we'll be on the water soon!

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