Featherweight Boatbuilding
Feather Canoes is the home of the Wee Lassie, a Classic Cedar Strip Solo Canoe as Designed by Master Woodworker Henry A. "Mac" McCarthy, author of "Featherweight Boatbuilding". Feather Canoes offers full size patterns and Mac's How-To book to enable even the novice boat builder to successfully build their own featherweight canoe.
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Featherweight Boatbuilding

It is Mac’s mission to open your eyes to the natural beauty around you. He does so by providing this “course” to create and use an ideal double-paddle canoe. It’s strip-built, over molds. And, the book includes drawings and mold dimensions, so you can truly build right from the book. In addition to building the hull, he shows you how to make a caned seat, as well as an elegant double-paddle.

When he was not building canoes at his shop in Sarasota, Florida, Mac would teach at WoodenBoat School. Each summer he would carry his canoe atop his minivan, and travel up to Maine, stopping off at lakes, swamps, and ponds along the way to do a little exploring.

by Henry “Mac” McCarthy

96 pp., softcover
9 x 11″
ISBN # 0-937822-39-6
Published by WoodenBoat Books

Table of Contents:

  • Getting Started
  • Stripping and Sanding the Hull
  • A State of Grace
  • Epoxy Work
  • TimeOut : Afloat in an Emerald
  • Finishing Off the Interior
  • Varnishing
  • Time Out: A Forest to Paddle Through
  • Making a Double Paddle
  • Using the Wee Lassie
  • Time Out: From the Wilderness to Civilization
  • Thoughts on Strength and Weight
  • What Do I Do When….?
  • Time Out: “Did You Build That?”