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Adirondack Canoe Raffle

This 1960’s “Adirondack” canoe was built the

Algonquin/Ojibwa Native Americans of Trois-Rivers Quebec (three Rivers).


It is “strip built” of cedar with copper nails.  Strip-built canoes are constructed by gluing together ¼ X ¾ strips of wood over a building jig consisting of stations molds that define the shape of the hull.  The strips may be square cut, or for a better fit, they are shaped bead and dove router bits.  Once the strips are glued together, the inside and outside are sanded fair, and a fiberglass and epoxy covering is applied to the canoe inside and out.  This treatment made it possible to use the canoe without submerging it for several hours to seal the wood at the beginning of use was done traditionally.  The fiberglass covering is transparent, allowing the wood strips to be seen.  The construction enabled the canoes lightweight for easy portages between lakes.


This canoe was used in several Adirondack Lakes for 20 years by the arts centers founder and builder Bruce Laumeister.

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