Let me start this letter by saying the Pirogue is done and as you can
see it is different then the rest that I have made. A lot different and
for some good reasons.
Length...... 16 feet 1 inch
Beam ....... 31 inches
Wood......... California Red Wood for the boat , 3/4 inch by 1/4 inch
Bow, Stern and Ribs ..... Cypress (Uncle Johns pirogue kit)
Rails, inside and outside .... Pine lattice strips with red wood
Glass.... 3.25 tight woven, inside and outside with numerous coats of
The seat .... Cypress and it is a removable, folding boat seat that can
be used as a camp chair. Designed by myself and Uncle John has the plans
Construction time .... Jan 16 to March 21........
Before you ask about the difference between the two sides of
it......... I wanted the pirogue to be like life, a light (Happy) side and
a dark (Sad) side to it but the middle ground had to be a pleasant mixture
To me this pirogue represents my life and how I have lived it, sorrow
or joy , two strong emotions , with a good mix in-between which is the
center section , The part that I have enjoyed the most.
Now to regress a bit.
I was thinking a while back about Pirogues and how they are made and
all of the different colors they have been painted while I prefer the
natural wood showing thru, a wood boat's beauty is the wood, anyway for
I have paddled with canoe makers who do the strip method of building
there canoes or kayaks but I have never seen a strip built Pirogue, so I
was thinking it is about time someone made one.
I ordered the kit from you which was the quick and easy part, the
difficulties came in trying to locate enough California Redwood to cut the
strips for the Pirogue and then make the Pirogue.
After a long search (almost 8 months) I found the wood, not 20 miles
from my house, and as they say .......The rest is history .....
For a complete record of the construction you can click
is a long record , 6 pages, with lots of pictures (about 40) of the
process and some chit chat between the members on my forum (I deleted a
lot of the chit chat that was not about boats) but there is some good
hints and advice in there.