Building a Stitch and Glue Boat, Part 1 – Introduction

January 25, 2012

The FOX Double Paddle Canoe, a stitch and glue boat designed and built by Bill Thomas, has a long and distinguished pedigree. This video introduces the FOX and shows why we chose this particular model for our series on How to Build a Stitch and Glue Boat. members have full and unlimited access to a 20-part videos on how to build the stitch and glue FOX, with detailed instructions that are lucid, straightforward, and sure to build confidence among even first-time builders.

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Kits for the FOX are available at:
Bill Thomas Woodworking

A Thousand Miles in a Rob Roy Canoe, by John McGregor

Places to purchase kits and learn to build them:

Bill Thomas Woodworking
Chesapeake Light Craft
Pygmy Boats
Shearwater Boats
The WoodenBoat School

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10 Responses So Far to “Building a Stitch and Glue Boat, Part 1 – Introduction”:

  1. john sage john sage says:

    Question related to epoxy and fiberglass ‘blisters’: I am a new member and very ‘green’ boat builder out on Whidbey Island, north of Seattle. With only one Pygmy kayak under my belt, I am attempting to build a wineglass wherry but have run into some real challenges while glassing the outside of the hull. Numerous air pockets and bubbles surfaced and now look like blisters or pock marks all over the hull. I am unsure of how to proceed and am truly stuck. Should I sand out each blemish and patch? Should I relass a larger area along the planks most affected? Or should I sand and re-glass the entire outside hull (gulp)? Next time, I think I will sign up for a class and learn the basics from someone who knows what they are doing! Many thanks for suggestions, tips, counsel.

    flicker album with couple of photos here:

  2. Avatar Paul Dzielinski says:

    Is there a way to add some kind of sailing rig to this canoe?

  3. Avatar Nick Leoncavallo says:

    I Built the Fox about 4 years ago. Took about 2 weeks for it to be floatable and another 3 months to get the “perfect finish” and another month to chip up the “perfect finish” using it. The boat satisfies my need for a wide open cockpit so I could get in and out easily. The canoe is very stable, tracks well and still turns with little effort. The light weight and flattish bottom is easy to trailer or put on a roof top. Of all the teachers I have had in my 77 years, Bill is the very best.

  4. Avatar Gary Crawford says:

    lookin forward to a new adventure

  5. Avatar Terje Korsnes says:

    New to the “club”. Really enjoyed the video with MB on his 23 foot boat. I am looking for suggestions for a 20-23 foot classic “style” with small in board motor.

  6. Avatar John Sullivan says:

    This is good. I’m a musician. I love the background music. Something “Tupelo Honey”.. Who is it? and what title? You didn’t credit the artist at the end.
    I discovered Walt Wilkins from your NY30 video of “Alera”. Am a devoted fan and enjoyed him in person several times.
    Keep ’em coming

    • Steve Stone Steve Stone says:

      Hey John. It’s Kevin Welch. It’s an instrumental version of “Answer Me That” which Kevin’s folks mixed for us. You’re in for a nice journey discovering his work.

  7. Avatar Leif Knutsen says:

    When folks ask my advice on how big a vessel to buy my stock answer it to think of the absolutely smallest vessel that they think they need and then cut that in half. That is the vessel they will have the most fun with.

  8. Avatar Laurence Tobin says:

    Very motivating presentation

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