HOWB 104 – Interview the Expert | CLC Boats Owner John Harris on Stitch & Glue Building

by admin on September 19, 2013


Today’s podcast is an interview with Stitch and Glue expert John Harris, owner of Boat Kit manufacturer CLC Boats in Annapolis, MD.  This is the second of my Interview The Expert series of podcasts focused on 6 methods of boatbuilding: Carvel, Lapstrake, Cold Molded, Stitch and Glue, Strip Planked, and Skin-on-Frame.   I discuss each of these methods of construction in my eBook Get in the Wooden Boat Game: A Guide for Building Your First Boat which is available for $4.99 on my website.

In this interview, John discusses the ins and outs of using the relatively modern method of Stitch and Glue building.  With this technique, boat panels are cut to a predetermined shape and the edges are “stitched” together temporarily with wire, plastic ties, or duct tape to place the boat in its final geometric shape. The joints are then epoxy filleted to “hold” the boat shape, the stitches are removed, and voilà – you have an almost finished boat.

This method was established by an Englishman in 1959/1960 and is very popular to this day.

During the podcast, John discusses the following points on Stitch and Glue:

  • Description and history
  • Skill level required to utilize this method
  • Cost of S&G versus other building methods
  • Time to build with S&G versus other methods
  • Pros and cons
  • Tips and tricks

To listen to a previous podcast with John about his personal and boating history go to

Click on the green player button above to listen to the full Stitch and Glue Building interview with John!

Here’s some pics to enjoy:

Halcyon at the 2013 Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival.  Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

Halcyon at the 2013 Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. What a beaut!  Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

My canoe Chelan being stitched up.   Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

Stitch and Glue building is amazing!  My canoe Chelan being stitched up. Photo by Wooden Boat Dan


Thanks to John for doing the interview.  Best to you all in your wooden boat adventures!

My SCAMP Build Update

Here’s the latest picture of my SCAMP progress.  To see full updates, costs and hours spent, go to She is for sale as a fully assembled kit.  Save yourself 200 hours and buy her assembled 😀

Foresail 1 on Sept 16, 2013.  Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

Foresail 1 on Sept 16, 2013. Photo by Wooden Boat Dan


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