This build to me is not a beginners weekend paddle but has challenges in planking skills following those of good framing. What is the source of the kit or plans and materials list? It may have to be my plan 2 breaktime from Bluenose when my pilot boat is completed.
Just a thought regarding the narrow bow. I think that it is unlikely that an actual wood canoe would have a fragile bow but more of a sturdy rounded one not damaged when beaching. Boat owners are usually very protective of their boat no matter the materials. Just for consideration as a broader bow is not as attractive as a more narrow one. PT-2