What kind of lumber have you guys used for rails on your pirogues? I am ready to shop. Options I have easily available:
- 2 x whatever select SYP. They have some pretty 16' select SYP at the local Lowes in sizes from 2x6 to 2x12. I could pick a clear or mostly clear piece and have the rest left over for future projects. When I was last there some of it looked real nice.
- They also have some nice cedar, pine, and poplar in 1 x whatever. The lengths would need to be scarfed possibly in three pieces depending on how clear it is, but most likely just two pieces (one splice per rail).
- I could make a 1/2 day trip to my supplier of rough sawn lumber to get other species and some of the same ones including cypress, poplar, maple, cherry, walnut, and so on. No ash or spruce though. I buy a good bit of lumber from them and work it up from rough to finished sizes myself, but as a luthier who sometimes makes other small projects I typically work with short lengths. He sells in 12' lengths, but for most of my work it is cut in half before I do anything. Working in long lengths will be a big change of pace.