Originally designed on request for someone to be used as a prop, this model has been surprisingly popular. Some folks build it for a child and others use it as an inexpensive test of their ability to build a stitch and glue boat. It can be built with 1 sheet of marine ply.
The design intent was to create a functional water craft rather than just a scaled down version of a larger model. This included allowing for a wide, relatively flat bottom. All the "working" planks are at and below the waterline.
This was designed for a client who wanted a wood canoe similar in size and shape to the cheap plastic boats you see piled up outside many big box outdoor stores. It will float a lot on a short length. The client was more interested in a small, stable, easily transported craft.
From a design stand point I visualized the short 1 person kayak play boat and wrapped the planks around the shape in the design software. The client wanted an open boat, I put some tumblehome in along the gun wales as he was planing on using a double paddle. The bottom is quite flat.
This design was crafted in 2009, no doubt for an experienced paddler in search of what I like to call a "pack canoe." That is a canoe you can slap on the car and drive to a hike in trout or splake lake like those found in many national forests in Northern Wisconsin and Minnesota. With 4 ounce cloth and spruce or cedar like trim, it would be easy enough to get this boat in the 20 to 25 pound range in weight.
With this design, there is no pretension of carrying much more than the paddler in safety and comfort when paddling these smaller lakes.
This is a 2010 design I created for my wife. It is a slightly larger "pack boat" intended for quick day trips with the potential to carry gear for a weekend. The length and beam were selected based on her weight with some gear.
I was approached by an apprentice to learn the ins and outs of stitch and glue construction and I created this as a build along project. It sits in the workshop glassed and ready to trim and finish.
The Trout Lily was the 1st canoe I designed. It could be considered in between the pack canoe and the touring solo canoe. It was created for a long time paddling buddy and friend who uses it primarily for weekend paddling and quick excursions in the Lake Phalen chain in St. Paul, MN.
It features a prominate v bottom to promote tracking and carry weight low, it leans easily to carve turns, is quite stable and popular design from a sales stand point.
I believe this was designed for an experienced paddler who wanted an alternative to a larger touring boat. This design is intended more floor mounted seating instead of higher up.
Like the Trout Lily here is a great design for light touring. The narrower beam provides sufficient stability for the experienced paddler
This is the 1st canoe I designed specifically for me, the "grand daddy" of the Fine Wood Water Craft canoe line. I wanted the longest canoe I could with 2 sheets of marine ply. I wanted good tracking and cutting a turn by leaning with a kayak double paddle with sufficient capacity for trips.
After the Trout Lily was under construction, I created this design to be my sport touring canoe.
It is heavily influenced by other Minnesota solo canoes from the likes of Bell and Wenonah. What differentiated Larkspur from most manufactured solo boats is the narrow bow section which gives it a more kayak like shape at the waterline.
The plumb bow and steeply shaped stern features cut away deadwood and minor rocker. A slight vee like cross section along the hull's bottom "line" helps promote straight line tracking. I sit on the bottom using closed cell foam cushions using a kayak double paddle for propulsion which was the design intent.
Two clients requested modifications to the Larkspur design. First came Larkspur II with same dimensions but fuller bow section for more buoyancy forward, "for paddling with his dog."
Another client requested the same lines but wanted to mount traditional canoe seating placed higher up under the gunwales. I designed the "Tall" Larkspur version for them. The slightly higher sides allow a little more leaning capacity given the higher center of gravity of a traditional seat.
I describe this as a refined Larkspur for the experienced paddler. Unlike the Larkspur where I went with the widest beam possible for two sheets of marine plywood, given maximum length, a client requested the design with a 25 inch maximum beam.
The result is having e canoe form take an even more slender kayak hull form in the water, while still offering the benefit of the open deck.
This canoe was designed for a Twin Cities Dentist with a particular requirement. His hobbies include large format photography and canoeing in the BWCA.
He required significant cargo carrying capability, good tracking and light weight for easy portaging. He utilized aluminum gunwales, and carbon fiber instead of glass to further reduce weight.
This is a long double paddle style canoe with great volume along its length making it quite stable and comfortable on big water. The client supplied the 17 foot length and agreed 29" was all that was necessary for width.
The first, I hope of more to come, a design for a recreational sailing canoe for stitch and glue building.
Highly influenced by the lines from a personal inspiration of mine, Iain Oughtred's MacGregor, which I did in fact build from plans on a strong back.
The shape of this design is somewhat similar. Stitch and glue construction will spare you the time and trouble of building the strong back and you will have a smooth skin instead of the lovely lapped planks of the original.
It has a full, more classic shape to give you the volume and room you need to shift your ballast when you tack.