Living in Northern Minnesota means we enjoy our many lakes and streams as much as we do gardening. Our dream canoe was one that was sturdy, stable enough to fish out of, attractive, and inexpensive. Not only that, but we wanted a canoe that could be hauled behind a bicycle.
Since the inexpensive part was the hard part, we decided to design and build our own.
Making a Ripple- the 2x4 canoe tells the story about how the idea was hatched to make a canoe from just four 16' 2x4s. The book is packed with step by step instructions, as well as plenty of photographs, to guide you through the process of making your own canoe-a hybrid that is a step above a plywood stitch and tape canoe, and a few steps below a fine-furniture- quality strip canoe that we would not dare to put in the water.
Besides the canoe, we show you how we build a bike trailer, with an ingenious (and inexpensive) seat post hitch. A change that has been made in the hitch design, but has not been made in the book, is the elimination of the spring, which makes it even simpler to build. Making a Ripple is a fun read, even if you are not yet ready to tackle a canoe building project.