I'm trying to reconstruct the deck on the infamous canoe shelf whose saga can be viewed at http://forums.wcha.org/showthread.php?t=4910. Although this smoothskin lapstrake shell's maker is unknown, I'm thinking from the hole patterns and cross piece imprints that a long deck of thin stock is in order. The question is how to build it? Can I steam bend some 1/4 inch plywood or segment it into two pieces with a narrow strip covering the seam? Appreciate advice or redirection on this site to construction ideas. I'd like to keep cost and skill level to a minimum while still presenting a period representation of this once beautiful canoe. Thanks.