A special project dear to Max’s heart is the construction of a Canadian canoe. This is his own canoe and it’s 6m long. Despite its length the canoe is very light and designed to be carried by one person.
It is made from rot-resistant western red cedar that Max imported from Canada and made by a strip-planking method, consisting of many thin strips of wood. Each strip is 6mm thick and 12mm wide and bent around a frame.
There is an inner and an outer stem and the strips are glued to these using a jig and wedges. The strips are joined with PVA and covered with an epoxy cloth.
There are no ribs and the teak seats and gunnel contribute to the structural strength of the hull.
“It’s a very labour-intensive job, involving a hell of a lot of sanding,” says Max. “I’ve been working on it for a few years, on and off, and I’ve put maybe 600 hours into it and there’s still a lot of work to go.
“It’s a project [that] I’m doing for myself and couldn’t put a price on it. I’ll get it in the water eventually.”
The outer stem of the canoe
Max and his six-metre Canadian canoe