Hi, I am getting started on a 15ft "Ami" canoe from Stewart River Boatworks, and am running down all of the materials. My goal with this boat is lightness, and on my last boat I did 1 3/4 #8 screws. I am wondering if people have any experience with different screws that are not so bulky? I also want some smaller screw heads so that the wear and tear on the outwale does not eventually expose my paddle shaft to unneeded dings. Also, bent the stems yesterday. We used a 2" water pipe which was upright in a burn barrel. We put a reducer on the end to keep the stem inside. The boiling action caused much too much water to get forced out at once, which meant that we ran out of water in there without realizing it. Enjoy the picture of the result. The other piece of wood is a cutoff to demonstrate the initial length.