My name is Elizabeth, and I’m a librarian at The Seattle Public Library. Thanks for using Your Next Skill to find resources for learning to build a canoe. Below are several different items-books (both physical and ebooks), free online classes, and iOS app downloads-which I think may help you learn to create the canoe of your dreams. Take a look and feel free to write back and let me know what you think!



Includes directions for building eight different canoes plus a helpful list of resources for lumber, tools, etc. 100+ photographs & illustrations.

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By Gilpatrick, Gil


The first quick-and-easy composite construction method for canoes and kayaks

This book is certain to appeal to any paddler with a DIY bent. Master craftsman Sam Rizzetta presents three attractive innovations: a new building method that makes Kevlar and carbon-fiber boats cheap and feasible for home builders; an ergonomically designed canoe that makes paddling easier and more comfortable; and a foam-flotation installation method that makes canoes and kayaks safe and unsinkable.

By Rizzetta, Sam


From the acknowledged master of the “instant boat”–tips, techniques, and designs for quick-and-easy plywood boatbuilding

Dynamite Payson offers you a new guide to building 15 exciting boats from master designer Phil Bolger. Instant Boatbuilding with Dynamite Payson includes plans and instructions for a multipurpose skiff for sail, oar, and power; a pirogue for single or double paddle; a big pram dinghy; a maneuverable peapod; a long, fast, rowing dory; a rugged outboard-powered work skiff; and more. You will enjoy the commonsense advice, step-by-step building instructions, and tips on tools and materials that have made Payson a hero of amateur boatbuilders…

By Payson, Harold H.

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