Sunday, September 27, 2015
Canoe Building: Cutting the Center Line
I then used my chisel again and gently cut, starting at the middle of the canoe and working toward the ends, the cedar away and making the center line. Pushing the chisel through the cedar and pulling the shavings away is really fun. Like as in really really fun. If you're not careful, it would be easy to get carried away and cut too far. As I was chiseling, I thought several times about Pat McManus's story about the Christmas Hatchet (In his book "Never Sniff a Gift Fish). His story is a classic. After the line was pretty close, I finished it gently with some sanding paper on a firm block. Sighting down reveals any imperfections. It's exhilarating when the line is straight and one half of the canoe is completely stripped.