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Northstar Rhetoric

Skip Gel Coat? Yes!

When we used to build canoes with gel coat, the first step was spraying gel coat into the mold, whic...

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Our Laminations

Composite canoes offer the highest performance, lightest weight, best durability, and greatest longe...

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Personal Tour

Take a tour of our shop with Bear as it was in spring 2018. ...

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Building a Northstar

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What kind of Gunwales?

What’s the best material for gunwales: aluminum, wood, or E6 carbon trim? The answer depends on th...

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What’s That Line in the Middle of the Canoe?

New composite canoe designs pass through the same four stages. We first build a wood strip canoe, th...

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Shouldered Flare

The first canoes were dugouts: large, felled trees that builders carved out and then paddled. Other ...

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Why Don`t They Answer the Phone?

We’re a small company with an office of three people. Okay, not really three, because neither Ted ...

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