Heirloom Builds: Cedar Strip Canoe
The cedar strip canoe build is an influential piece of the Saw & Mill Company story.
Back in 1994, my dad built his first cedar strip canoe. The canoe build in my parents workshop was a fond memory and one that stoked a fire to create. Heated by a small pot belly stove, the workshop was the quintessential spot for the canoe build. Over many months, my dad pieced together his canoe one strip at a time with knowledge he gained from books and the lore of his father's passed down knowledge.
A Boat for Adventure:
The canoe my father built took us in the boundary waters of northern Minnesota, rivers of Wisconsin and our favorite fishing holes in Illinois.
A Reflection About the Build and the Company:
The Saw & Mill Co. cedar strip canoe is a full encompassing picture into our company. The canoe like the company is not perfect. When I attached the first cedar strip to the form it wasn't pretty. Our first year of being in business wasn't either. Enduring and learning from mistakes was a part of every stage of the canoe build. The canoe looks pretty in pictures and is a blessing to have but will show the scars of an imperfect build and will carry the scars from adventures taken
More to Come..
Cutting Cedar Strips and Building the Frame