"The best times you are going to have in life are at the dinner table and in bed." Old Italian saying. So relax, and enjoy the simple things!


Building a Wood Stripped Canoe #Simple Living in Practice #Weekly Menu Plan

wood striped canoe: simplelivingeating.com

It took two summers for my husband and kids to make a cedar wood stripped canoe. Many hours not spent playing video games or frittering away on social media were spent to make a family heirloom. 
It is so satisfying to create something that has lasting value and will provide years of enjoyment. To paddle around on our lake in this boat is closer to art then sport. I don't think that the joy will ever fade that my family has when they look at this boat and say:

 "We made this."

Three generations of Balchs involved in the planning: My nephew, husband, and his father.

frame for canoe: simplelivingeating.com
First the frame for the canoe had to be made. 

striping wood: simplelivingeating.com
Then the cedar had to be striped. 

stripes attacted together using frame: simplelivingeating.com
Stripes of wood were attached using the frame as a guide.

sanding canoe: simplelivingeating.com
Sanding the wood. 

putting resin over fiberglass fabric: simplelivingeating.com
Putting resin over fiberglass fabric. 

putting resin inside boat: simplelivingeating.com
Sealing the inside of the canoe.

making gunwale: simplelivingeating.com
Making the gunwhale and scuppers to line the inside edges of the canoe.
Gunwhale, scuppers, and seat installed: simplelivingeating.com
Gunwhale, scuppers, and seat installed.

man in canoe with dog: simplelivingeating.com
Maiden voyage in the canoe. The paddle was handmade and given to my husband by his father. 

Weekly Menu Plan:

Sunday: Spaghetti with Trader Joe's Olive Tapenade and TJ's Frozen Cod Pieces with a Tomato Red Onion Salad

Meatless Monday: Mushroom Risotto with Green Salad

Tuesday: Paprika Chicken with Roasted Potatoes and Green Beans 

Thursday: Sauteed Scallops, Swiss Card, Quinoa 

Friday: Refried Bean Tacos, Guacamole & Sour Cream

Saturday: Leftovers 


  1. Awesome canoe! That is really amazing. Your family will treasure it for generations. :)

    1. We had a great few weeks with it in the Adirondack Mountains... it handled well. Yes, a life time of enjoyment.

  2. This is fascinating! Thanks for sharing... newest follower!


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