- Created on Thursday, 14 August 2008 00:36
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Surprises can pop up in the most unexpected places. On a recent vacation to the
The boat shop is situated on the main street of White Salmon, a small town just across the river from the city of
When I visited Ray in his shop, he was working on a cedar strip canoe for a customer. The outside was pretty well done and Ray was working on the inside. What you cannot see from the pictures is what a beautiful boat this really is. There is something about cedar strip water craft, and the way the hull flows because of that gorgeous
For those woodworkers who would like to make their own cedar strip canoe, kayak or boat, you can even purchase any one of these kits from Ray’s “White Salmon Boat Works”. I have personally heard from a number of woodworkers who purchase canoe and kayak kits in the fall and build them over the winter then sell them in the spring for a modest profit. It’s a great way of making a few dollars, creating a beautiful work and keeping busy and woodworking. I’m sure many have family and friends who would love to have a beautiful wooden handcrafted kayak or canoe. If you are thinking of building a cedar strip water craft, I suggest you call Ray. He can provide you with a number of different options and ideas that can make your boat even more unique and beautiful … like adding accent strips. These are a bit more work, but in terms of looks and value they really add to any boat. The cool thing with adding these wooden accent pieces is that with a cedar strip boat or canoe, these accents are visible on the inside of the craft as well because they are not an inlay, but an integral part of the construction.
The kits come complete with EVERYTHING you will need, including a detailed manual, in some cases a Power Point presentation of the assembly steps and processes. All you need to add are the tools, some time and your woodworking expertise. One thing I will forewarn you, these kits are not cheap … remember, these are cedar strip, not plywood boats … and huge difference in appearance and construction, but in many ways, easier to work with than plywood panels … and they do come with all the materials needed to put them together and finish them.
But wait, there is even more … if you live in the White Salmon area, or want to take a bit of an extended vacation to the area, you can even take a boat building course from Ray and build your own boat, canoe or kayak under the tutelage of a master water craft builder.
But do yourself a favor and have a look at his website, you will not be disappointed … www.raysdreamboats.com