Hey all, I really enjoy this forum and I've learned alot about boat building. Especially Pirogues, which is what I want to build. I've purchased one of Uncle Johns Kits, plus the seat kit but after seeing Keith and Seedticks , plank pirogues, I just got to build one of those first. We have a farm here in Iowa, moved here from Delaware in "01", Dairy Herd and all. Growing up in Del., there was an old family friend by the name of Paynter Morris, who built duckin skiffs as part of his living. My Dad bought the last one that ,"Paynt", built before he died. My sister has it now back there. It was 12 plus feet long, about 32 inch beam, 12 inch sides, pointed at both ends. Made from 1 inch, white cedar plank sides and marine plywood bottom with 4 inch wide by 1/2 inch keel and then the whole outside was glassed to help protect from ice. It was flat bottomed, real heavy and propelled by standing and using a 14 foot long push pole. Fond memories of this old boat are the reason for my fettish in boat building. Just so happens I started to reside our farm house this summer with board on batten siding. Found a place in Memphis, Tenn., that sells yellow cypress, exclusively, anyway you want it. I bought rough boards, cut close to size, went and picked them up and all this, cheaper than I could buy cedar boards, here, from any of the box stores. While there, I purchased a total of 6 , 14 foot, 5/4 to 6/4 thick by 12 inch wide, select cypress planks. Compared to the siding lumber, these were a bit pricey @ 42 dollars each but still cheaper than marine plywood. I want to start on this project this winter. Got to get the shop rearranged first. I sure hope you Fellers can advise me on this build. I sure don't want to screw it up. Thanks for reading this and thanks Old Spark, for a great forum. Dave Benson,"Gamecock".