The inlay of the deck has been going very well, stripping without staples and continuing to hand bevel the strips. The colors of the cedar compliment each other well, having enough contrast to clearly reveal the pattern while showing off the beauty of dark chocolate old growth cedar and a more typical western red. The bass wood is a clear white and will show well under the glass with a slight golden color after varnishing.
The stripping is time consuming as usual but is one of my favorite aspects of wood strip construction. Primarily because this is when I am actually forming the shape of the boat and watching the graceful lines of the kayak develop. Careful fitting of each strip requires patience that pays off in the long run as each step that follows will be easier if care is taken were it is needed.