In May 2012, Jay Thomas launched his 15′6″ Voyager Solo canoe in Coot Bay Pond in Everglades National Park at the southern tip of Florida. He spent six months building the canoe, designed by Newfound Woodworks, from strips of cedar, stems, seat, and thwarts of ash, and rails of sapele and ash. Jay will take the 40-lb canoe on camping trips in Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve.
Newfound Woodworks of Bristol, New Hampshire was the source for this Adirondack Guide Boat kit built by Michael Cruden of Ballston Spa, New York. He built the 15′ × 46″ FOAM FOLLOWER from cedar strips and launched her on Lake Moreau in South Glens Fall, New York. He writes that he built her to fish and explore the many lakes of Saratoga County and the nearby Adirondacks in upstate New York He adds that “the boat is beautiful and really glides along underway.”
SPIRIT is the first wooden kayak that Rod Chelberg has built. He started with an ocean kayak kit from Newfound Woodworks in Bristol, New Hampshire. Rod used red cedar strips with accent strips of white cedar on the 44 lb. hull. He steam-bent ash for the stems, and inlaid strips of holly and ebony on the deck and sheer. He covered all of the 17′ hull in epoxy and fiberglass.
Dean Lohse of Jacksonville, Florida, is a recent graduate from Warren Barker's Fundamentals of Boatbuilding class at the WoodenBoat school. He put much of that newfound knowledge to use in the construction of this Lawton Tender, that he built from a kit created by Newfound Woodworks of Bristol, New Hampshire. Dean is grateful for the help he received from his young friend and neophyte to boats, Brennan McDonagh. The boat is cedar strip covered with epoxy and fiberglass. The stem is ash while the seats and transom are cedar. The pair spent five months on the construction.
Herb Friese built this 16' x 35" cedar strip canoe, Abenaki model, from plans and materials supplied by Newfound Woodworks, Bristol, NH. Herb said it took about eight months of part-time work in his garage. The canoe will be used in the waters around Catskill, NY, by owner Kathleen Farrell. For information about building the canoe contact H. Friese, PO Box 221, Medford, NJ 08055.