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    Default Gorewood Canoe 12, 14 and 16

    I designed and built these three canoes.

    There are already detailed build threads about these canoes at the WoodenBoat Forum. But as someone eventually may show the canoes here too, I thought this person could as well be me.

    Most importantly I want to indicate a thread about a failed build, to show you the perils of this particular building method: http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...end&highlight=




    Here are the results of my successful building attempts:

    12': http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...noe&highlight=



    14': http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...irchbark-canoe



    16': http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...second-attempt
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    First test of the Gorewood 16:


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    Those look amazing boats. Maybe have to do one some time. Thanks for showing us.

    Sam

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    Recently a forumite notified me of a facebook post regarding my Gorewood canoes. That got me curious so I did a search to see if I could find new builds I haven't heard of before.
    Indeed I found some very nice looking examples of Gorewood canoes from all around the world.

    Slovenia:


    Hungary:


    Thailand:


    Thailand:


    England:


    Belarus:


    Belarus:


    Hungary:
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    What elegant looking boats!

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    Thank you for sharing this. I really like the look of these boats - much more elegant than stitch and glue models. I'm very tempted to give this a go.

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    Lovely to see your designs getting some attention Stefan. I was interested to see that some people have used a rib like structure at the gores. Do you think this helps fairing the outer shape?

    Jon

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    As an outsider..............does one assume that these are self build plans designed/supplied by a "Stefan", that being "flo-mo"?

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    Hi Laurence, yes, Stefan aka Flo-mo makes his designs available for free and also posts 'build threads' on the Woodenboat forum. You might like to have a look here: http://flo-mo.weebly.com/gorewood-14-solo-canoe.html

    I hope I don't embarrass him by saying so but I think he has one of the best eyes of any designer I've seen and is a real innovator.

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    Thank you...I was beginning to lose the "thread", all puns intended...
    They certainly are very beautiful, with a rightness in the look, that as an ignorant person, I can't account for. I will indeed have a look, thanks again!

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    Stefan, your canoe designs are gorgeous, 18 of our Beaver Scouts built 18 canoes based on one of your plans in circa 50 minutes. OK we cheated a little, the hull construction material was laminated A4 sized paper. Stitching - scotch magic tape. Gunwales/thwarts/seat frames - either cardboard or balsa strip.





    Your Gorewood design should be even easier for small fingers.

    Thank you.

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    I wonder if, hopefully somebody will say if it is not be a good idea.
    could hardboard be used, after soaking. Then after drying slowly it is covered in fiber matting (glass or something more exotic) and resin
    Probably going against the grain of the original design intention. Pun not necessarily intended.
    i can see the hard board going all ripple as i type though. Any thoughts?
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    Apologies Stefan.
    Your design template i saw quite a while ago is truly remarkable and it has been great to see pictures of completed canoes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    I wonder if, hopefully somebody will say if it is not be a good idea.
    could hardboard be used, after soaking. Then after drying slowly it is covered in fiber matting (glass or something more exotic) and resin
    Probably going against the grain of the original design intention. Pun not necessarily intended.
    i can see the hard board going all ripple as i type though. Any thoughts?
    Hardboard might work OK if it'll bend sufficiently without soaking but it is likely to be heavier than the equivalent thickness of ply. 3mm ply and a light glass cloth finish inside and out and you'll end up with a light/ultra light canoe ... Anyone know a source of decent 3mm ply in sizeable sheets in the U.K. ?
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    speak to Weston Canoes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by laurence milton View Post
    speak to Weston Canoes?
    Thanks Laurence, I checked Weston's web-site but it doesn't say what thickness of ply they use in their canoes. I fancy something very light, if I ever get around to building a full sized canoe. I've now found this on Fyne Boats ... wow, they do full (8x4ft) sheets of 1.5mm ply ... and 3 mm too
    http://www.fyneboatkits.co.uk/suppli...plywood-sheet/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Potty Paddler View Post
    Thanks Laurence, I checked Weston's web-site but it doesn't say what thickness of ply they use in their canoes. I fancy something very light, if I ever get around to building a full sized canoe. I've now found this on Fyne Boats ... wow, they do full (8x4ft) sheets of 1.5mm ply ... and 3 mm too
    http://www.fyneboatkits.co.uk/suppli...plywood-sheet/
    No sorry, I did mean, SPEAK with him...as last time we talked he was discussing differing thickness' of ply he has used/can use...........

    But sounds like you've found a source...

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    Robbins sell BS1088 hardwood ply down to 1.5mm thick

    http://www.robbins.co.uk/pdf/Marine_Pricelist.pdf

    I've only used them for one project but the 5mm (5ply) they supplied was very nice.

    I had previously ordered some 1088 from a local timber merchant but I refused it when it arrived; it was horrible stuff.

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