We are building a canoe with kids! To facilitate that Schuyler Thomson and I spent a few days preparing the wood for the project. We cut out the ribs, thwarts, carrying handles, seats, gunwales, decks, and planking. PLANKING: For the planking we started with Western Red Cedar(Thuja Plicata) which was 4 inches by 4 inches thick and then 16 feet long length. This cedar needed to be cut into strips(resawn) 4 inches wide, yet 3/16 inch thick and planed to be smooth on one side. RIBS: Northern White Cedar (Thuja Occidentalis) is used for the ribs. Our cedar came in 1 1/2 inch thickness by 5 inch widths. This too needed to be cut, sliced or resawn and then planed to be smooth. We cut the ribs to size, thickness, and length. On this style of boat the ends of the ribs are tapered to give it style. SEATS, THWARTS, and DECKS: Seats and thwarts are cut. The participants will cane the seats as well as shave, sand and finish the thwarts. TRANSPORT: After cutting the parts, Schuyler spent some time checking the form and making some adjustments to it so it is ready for use. The form is effectively a mold, around which we will build the boat. Wood Canvas canoes are built from the inside out. One bends the ribs first, adds the planking and then the canvas. In contrast a birch bark canoe is built from the outside in, skin or bark, then planking then ribs. We needed to pack all of this up and transport it to Wiscasset. Schuyler lifted the boat, I drove the truck under it, and Frank from the boatshoppe helped stabilize. Team work. BUILDING A CANOE: Our project involves many hands. Schuyler Thomson will be in Wiscasset to lead the canoe building program not only during the April school vacation week build but also this summer at Girls Camp. Schuyler was a High School teacher, a wilderness trip leader who has been a boat builder for 30 years. We welcome his expertise to help us get our program up and running.