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Customers can purchase the items listed below by either:
1. sending money through their own PayPal accounts to hemlockgrange@earthlink.net
OR
2. sending a check to
Berkshire Boat Building School
P.O. Box 578
Sheffield, MA 01257

Customers living in Massachusetts add 6.25% for SALES TAX
Building Skin-on-Frame Double Paddle Canoes by Hilary Russell
150 pages, 120 photos and drawings, perfect bound
$25, includes mailing to US, lower 48.

Spiral bound copy - great for the shop.
Cost: $27, includes mailing to US, lower 48.

For other orders please contact us at hemlockgrange@earthlink.net

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Plans


Mail to US lower 48 is free. For other orders please contact us at hemlockgrange@earthlink.net.

Because of the flexible nature of skin-on-frame boats, you can create more than 30 different boat designs from the four sets of plans below.

10½’ Solo Light Canoe Plans $45 (12 variations)
11½’ Solo Carry Canoe Plans $45 (12 variations)
13½’ Tandem Carry Canoe Plans $45 (8 variation)
13½’ Narrow Passage - NEW 25" wide, fast , 22 lbs> Only $30
13½’ Solo Carry Kayak Plans $60
12' Double Ender (OUR NEW ROWING BOAT) $60

How to Make Elegant Variations: ways to adjust your boat’s length, width, and general shape by changing the positions of forms and/or adding forms.

  • To produce a sleeker and/or an asymmetrical craft with a bit less volume, move both or one of the end forms inward up to 3½.”
  • To gain some length and narrow ends, simply add up to 2 inches at both ends of the gunwales beyond the two outside forms.
  • Make a 13½’ canoe or kayak 15½’ long by adding 3½” between forms; or use the same method to make a 11½’ solo boat two feet longer.
  • Make an 11 ½’ canoe 13 ½”, and also widen the boat about an inch by making a second center form, giving you six forms.
  • Of course you can also shorten these boats by reversing the techniques above. For instance, you can have a wider, fuller 11 ½’ solo canoe by shortening the 13½’ tandem/solo canoe.

Parts

Brass Stembands, 3’, 3/8”, tapped, plus bronze screws $35 a pair, plus postage
¼ lb. Imitation Sinew $15 plus postage
Northern White Cedar Ribs (NEW) $3 each, plus postage. NOTE: These 5/16"x 1 1/8" ribs can be placed up to one foot apart, saving lashing time and hardware. In the photo above right, the ribs are a foot apart.

Partial kits

For 10½’ – 11½’ boats: includes plans, 2 brass stem bands, 15 northern white cedar ribs, 4 oz. of imitation sinew $135 + mailing = $175
For 12½’ – 13½’ boats: as above, except 35 ribs $145 + mailing = $180
For 15½’ boats: as above, except 40 ribs $150 + mailing = $180

Full kits

These can be purchased by special arrangement for ½ the total cost of the boat. Call or email for details.

Choice of skins

12½’ of 8 oz. polyester – $45 plus postage
14½’ of 8 oz. polyester – $52 plus postage

Caned Seats

Our larger-than-normal caned seats measure 12”x 14”, and like us, they are rounded in the back. – $39, plus postage.