There are about four different basic approaches to building a 'canoe':
Hard-chined three- or four-panel plywood boats, sometimes called pirogues, are
simplest, cheapest and lightest. To some tastes they are, er, aesthetically
challenged. A couple of sources have been mentioned.
Next on the difficulty scale are cedar strip composite canoes. these aren't
cheap if you buy pre-milled strips. Learn more about these at
http://SportToday.org/;and http://SportToday.org/;A good book
on this type is Ted Moores' Canoecraft.
The glued lapstrake canoe is a pretty thing. They might take more hours than a
***, but fewer material dollars. There are good kits. Examples at
http://SportToday.org/;A good book is Tom Hill's Ultralight Boatbuilding.
There's a good companion video.
If you're a committed traditionalist with a lot of time to spend, there's the
traditional wood & canvas canoe. See The Wood and Canvas Canoe : A Complete
Guide to Its History, Construction, Restoration, and Maintenance by Jerry
Stelmok and Rollin Thurlow. Also http://SportToday.org/
Which of these is right for you depends on your skills, budget, patience and
> I would like to build a canoe with my 15 year old son. I am pretty handy
> and can work with wood without much trouble.
> Can anybody suggest a source for plans?
> Also, about what am I looking at in material costs for a 16 to 17 foot canoe
> for calm lake fishing and recreational paddling? How much time is involved
> and what degree of skill must one possess to accomplish this task in a
> double car garage?
> Thank you for any information you can provide.
> Keith Waters