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Building a Morris Recovery Kayak

[June 12, 2007]


This was my first attempt at steam bending ribs. Because I used Western Red Cedar many of them broke. Eventually I found out what everyone says is really true: use green cedar. Home Depot sells green cedar 2x2s and using that made all the difference, although next time I think I'll use White Oak.

Because of breakage it took 3 tries to get all 14 ribs done. That meant that they were not as straight and uniform as they could have been. But the nice thing about this type of construction is that it is very forgiving. Even if it is not a museum quality piece it still can be a fine boat.

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