First, cedar strip canoeing is environmentally friendly. It's made of natural and renewable materials that won't deplete our forests or harm our waterways like plastic does. Secondly, it's cheaper! Even though you're buying more expensive wood strips than other materials, you can still build a canoe for a fraction of the cost of a store-bought one. A bit over price but nice. Last edited by Just Duke; 04-04-2014 at 01:12 AM. 04-01-2014, 02:49 AM #2. Just Duke. View Profile View Forum Posts ... I have always thought it would be fun to make a cedar strip canoe, but never got around it. In my case, I would have to make a trailer, too, as my truck is a short bed. I had a 17ft aluminum canoe.