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Preview: The Native Canoe of the Salish Sea: A Modern Plywood Version by Leif Knutsen

June 11, 2015

Leif Knutsen is a retired shipwright who lives in the Pacific Northwest and appreciates the fine seakeeping qualities of the traditional wooden Salish-style canoes of the Skokomish Indians.  He has set out to build these canoes lighter (200 pounds verses 700 to 800 pounds),  stronger (3 planks per side instead of 25 strips), in less time and at a lower cost, so the Skokomish might carry on this tradition more easily.  We caught up with him at the 2014 Wooden Boat Show in Port Townsend to check out this new-fangled 27′ Salish Sea Canoe.

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