Think about this: We harvest trees, mill them laboriously into veneers and straight sticks of wood, and then stick them back together into a canoe shape. Why don't we just start with the tree and go straight to a boat? That's the idea behind our newest kit.
"We've been working on this project for years," says John Harris, looking up from his adze and wiping the sweat from his brow. "Dugout canoes are just a natural extension of our mission to help people build boats. People have been making these for tens of thousands of years. And yes, we include the adze in the kit." Harris hopes to have CLC's demo model done in time for OkoumeFest, though blisters are slowing progress.
It's hard to think of a simpler boat kit. No epoxy, no fiberglass, no hardware. Just a freshly cut log and your imagination. Each CLC Einbaum Dugout Canoe Kit includes one pine, fir, or beech log, 14 feet long, ready for shaping. You'll begin by setting a fire atop the log. You'll monitor and adjust the fire day and night for about a week to burn the top and inside out of the log. Then you'll switch to an adze, that ancient woodcarving tool, to smooth the interior and sharpen the bow and stern.
The steady quiet work will build character and bind you psychologically to your creation. The best part? The kit only costs $75! The kit is heavy; there is a flat shipping rate of $2500 in the Lower 48 states.
Announced April 1, 2010.