Acquiring the materials to build a woodstip/epoxy craft can be a challenging process. Bear Mountain offers the best materials conveniently shipped to your door. Bear Mountain components are sourced and made to precise standards. We use the same professional, precise materials to build boats in our workshop as we provide to our clients. We are happy to share our knowledge and experience to ensure that each customer will end up with a boat to be proud of.
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Some kits require custom shipping due to the variable sizes and weights of certain pieces of the kits. Please select the appropriate link below and fill out the custom shipping form to receive a quote for your shipping.
Our wooden components are supplied by Ron Frenette of Canadian Canoes. Ron, a retired outdoor educator, has been helping people build and paddle canoes and kayaks for over 30 years. Be sure to check Ron’s web site which contains an extensive photo gallery of canoes and kayaks being built.http://www.canadiancanoes.com/gallery3/main.php
We purchase 22 ft long old growth western red cedar logs from a mill on the west coast of Canada – wood of this quality is becoming very hard to find and is expensive – but it is worth it and we are happy that this Canadian resource is being used to build boats that will survive for generations of paddlers. Check out Ron’s web site Canadian Canoes for lots of images of canoes and kayaks being built from start to finish.
Ron organizes the milling of the strips so that the result is a collection of strips with accurate bead and cove edges, keeping all the strips from each board together in the order that they were cut. This will give you control over what your hull will look like when you plank it.
Many companies selling materials do not build boats – we urge you to question these companies about their boat building experience and keep in mind that like anything else in life – you get what you pay for. They might save you a few dollars but you will not be as satisfied at the end of the day.
We strive to provide good technical support either over the phone or via email. Builders can also log onto our builders forum to chat with others. Glen Smith our wonderful volunteer from Baie St. Paul, Quebec performs this important function. Glen you know we could not host a forum without your kind assistance.