The gunwale on the Ebihen 15 is built up from 5 separate pieces of wood. I selected Sapele Mahogany and Oak for the gunwale. I did not use full length pieces and simply joined together each piece on the boat without scarfing as I built up the gunwale. If you are painting, this is a pretty easy way and joints will not show with good filler and smooth sanding. I am planning still to leave my gunwale bright (no paint), so I did the best fitting I could with each of the joints and so far I am pleased with how the gunwale is looking. Close inspection will show the epoxy joints and a purist will probably be disappointed, but I am more pleased then expected and the construction is still up to my hoped for standards.