I have a 30 year old Mad River Winooski, when the brand meant anything, which needs replacement of every single piece of wood. I've priced gunwales and we're looking at mid to upper $400 and more. Well heck no. Now I'm in the boat refurbishing boat so to speak. I have air dried white oak rough planed on two sides of about 10' average, I expect I'll want 16' finished length gunwales. When I spoke to the new Mad River people they had no clue about the canoe itself. Nothing. No pamphlets, the web has been scoured as far as I can find regarding this canoe in measurements. I have diagrams of virtually everything I constructed or at least detailed measurements going back 4 decades and they kept nothing. Personally I find that astounding as this information takes virtually no space. Anyway, I have sections of gunwale and the outwales and inwales are both 1", but I'd finish at a couple strokes of a jackplane thicker in case of damage while shaping. So anyone done this? People talk about ash but others say white oak. I know I can get 7' clear lengths, maybe longer at 8' but I'm not sure. I'm not set up for steam bending and as I haven't clear ideas about radius I may have to adjust on the fly. I do have a mostly intact thwart so I should be able to get a fairly accurate midpoint distance as one end is still attached to the boat. So, opinions? Should I build a laminated gunwale with the proper adhesives? As this is a symmetrical canoe one side is the mirror image of the other and there's little to no upsweep, something that dimensional drawings would let me know before beginning so oh well. I have a table saw, band saw, hand tools galore, belt sanders drill press, yada yada yada. Nothing heavy duty, just a Jet contractor and a 14" grizzly bandsaw, electric jigsaw, well you get this idea. Call it midrange serious amateur level stuff. I can do a Shaker table, but this is something I've not done and I hate bending.