Sea Kayak 

I built a Canadian-style canoe back in the 1970s or 1980s, basically from plywood, but a kayak of some sort was always on the to-do list. This one was built using the cedar-strip method, which involves bending and gluing long thin strips of western red cedar over formwork to produce the final shape.  It is then sheathed inside and out with fibreglass cloth and resin to make a very strong and waterproof shell.  In fact it is the fibreglass that provides most of the structural strength. As one who loves wood, this appealed to me a lot more than modern all-plastic or all-fibreglass kayaks.  It's possible to build patterns into the strips using different angles, curves and colours, and the result can be quite striking.  I came across this method via the magic of the Internet, and an excellent book called The Strip-Built Sea Kayak, by Nick Schade.

Working with the western red cedar is very pleasurable.  It is very soft and light, and so quite easy to work with, and when cut or planed it releases a beautifully sweet and resinous aroma.