Just finished another one done: a 1925 17' Carleton. I picked it up in Pennsylvania this January when we had a forecast of good weather for a day or so (thanks for the heads-up Mike C.). The canoe originally had sponsons and had been fiberglassed (with up to 4 fabric layers in some places!) and weighed a ton. The sponsons were chucked but I saved the carry thwarts. When stripped I was surprised to find that it had external stems as well as stem bands that extended across the whole keel. It now weighs a more manageable 86#. Both the keel and external stems were good structurally but were a bit ugly cosmetically so I painted them - except for the repaired tips that got varnished. The deck 'ID plate' a decal I made and not original.