As a student of Ted Moores' WoodenBoat School class, David Racicot worked on this strip-built Freedom 17 canoe, designed by Steve Killing. David took it home and launched it in September 2002 at Suffolk, VA. He used cedar strip with ash inwales and thwarts, cherry outwales, curly maple decks with a mahogany accent. David reports that the canoe is lightweight, fast, and a joy to paddle on Chesapeake Bay.
Doug Puckering launched two boats in May of 2004: a Steve Killing-designed 17' canoe and a Joe Greeley-designed 16'10' kayak. The canoe has a beam of 33-1/3" and weighs 50 pounds. Doug plans to use it in canoe segment of the Ski-to-Sea race on the Nooksack River. He used red cedar for the strip planking, Honduras mahogany for the trim, and yellow cedar for the sheer stripes.
Builder Byron Marks writes that this canoe, launched Sept 3, 2002, roughly follows the lines of the Freedom 17 designed by Steve Killing (found in "Canoecraft" by Ted Moores). For the hull, he used white cedar with walnut accents. Laminated walnut, cherry, and tiger maple form the wales, while the stems are formed from laminated maple and cherry. The seats are hand caned on tiger maple frames, and the decks are made from book-matched crotch maple. He and his wife, Cindy, use the canoe for fishing and paddling on the lakes and streams of Kentucky and Ohio.
Keith Telfer writes "A group of seven volunteers from Wellspring Cancer Support Center, both cancer patients and caregivers, built this canoe in ten weeks. We built it for a charity auction to raise money for the Center. [Designer] Steve Killing visited us a few times and Dave Fisher provided the space in his shop and his building expertise. The canoe is of Western red cedar bead and cove strips, ash gunwales, and cherry seats and breasthooks. Our team had great fun and a good deal of stress and delight from all of the building operations new to most of us.