I purchased a set of plans for a solo canoe from Thomas J. Hill, a boat designer in Burlington. The boat is one of several featured in his book "Ultralight Boatbuilding." The first step was to construct the form, over which the canoe would be built. The form determines the exact shape of the canoe and was constructed of plywood, spruce boards, and spruce strips. In this picture the first two pieces of the actual canoe, the keelson and the stem, have been attached to the form. I built the canoe in my basement.