It started at a yearly cross country ski trip when a group of friends decided to build kayaks. Over the past few years we met out at buddie's shop to build cedar strip kayaks from scratch. If you plan on trying this, here are some thoughts. We used Guillemot designs, Nick Shades videos and book were indispensable. Most of us are NOT handymen or wood workers, however we had one friend who had built a double years ago and is very skilled with wood (our mentor). Approx $1800 in material per boat and 300-500 hrs per boat. It is a great hobby for a bunch of guys, we generally met Friday nights for 3 -4 hrs and once or twice more per week as time provided. We were known as the Friday Night Strip Club, while our wives were named the Friday Night Widows. It was not uncommon to be out there for a full day during the week by yourself with tunes blasting, cold beer in hand with peanuts being the snack of choice. Some of the most important tools were the beer fridge, wood stove and mouse trap. We usually had 3 kayaks going at a time, with us all helping each other out, helped keep motivation going and ideas flying. You might only get one strip on but are able to help out the other guys with there needs as well leading to a shared understanding and some great team work. This leads to some issues, for example one guy might be ready to start glassing while the guy beside him is sanding like a banshee. Making the designs was an evolution with idea after idea, drawings on paper, pics on internet etc, leaving the poor builder walking in circles and losing sleep as to what to design to choose. And the design continued to evolve with each strip. It was not uncommon to have guests out to make sure the man cave had not turned into a real strip club and ooh and ahh over our work (or drink beer). We are currently paddling 4 of the kayaks, 17ft, 2-19fts and a 21 double with 3 more 19s currently in various stages of the build. I built the 17 after it is a great day paddler but will most likely build a 19 for bigger trips. Here are some highlights.