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A first (and last) paddle

Discussion in 'Canoe Photo Index' started by Roger Young, Oct 23, 2011.

  1. Roger Young

    Roger Young display sample collector

    Had a wonderful visit from Dick Persson today, when he delivered my long-awaited, newly refurbished (much rebuilt) J R Robertson torpedo-nosed courting canoe. We gave it its first bath and test paddle, then put it away for the winter. A two year plus project involving extensive rib replacement and new planking throughout the mid-section; the ends and decks are original. Dick tells me he has a complete photographic record of the rebuilding process, and I should probably leave it to him to describe the task in detail. However, I couldn't resist sharing some photos showing the master putting her through her 'sea trials'. Thanks, Dick, for all your hard work in overcoming the re-fit problems along the way. I know it wasn't easy.
    Roger P1000135.jpg P1000130.JPG P1000132.jpg P1000137.jpg
  2. Greg Nolan

    Greg Nolan enthusiast

    Sweet looking boat, and wonderful little frog. Even Ken Kelly must be a bit envious.
  3. MackyM

    MackyM LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Beautiful canoe. Love those long decks.
  4. Andre Cloutier

    Andre Cloutier Firestarter. Wicked Firestarter.

    Great to see it wet, after watching it evolve over the last couple of years. Looks really good!
  5. Dick Persson

    Dick Persson Canoe builder & restorer

    IMG_0987.jpg IMG_0988.jpg Thanks Roger,

    It was good to finally put her trough a test paddle. More about her and her restoration later, maybe as a little article for the Journal. In the meantime here is a couple of pics of the owner checking her out.

    Dick Persson
    Buckhorn Canoe Company
    Buckhorn, Ontario
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2012
  6. Fitz

    Fitz Wooden Canoes are in the Blood


    Very nice canoe. Thank you for sharing the pictures. How does she ride??
  7. OP
    Roger Young

    Roger Young display sample collector

    In answer to your question, she rides well, and moves very easily and quietly through the water, even when burdened with a larger cargo such as me. She is now tight and dry but, most of all, a safer and sounder boat. Prior to Dick's handiwork, she floated, but had 28 fractured ribs (with 61 separate cracks), some unsightly splits to decks and other damage due to being dropped from a hoist. There were also indications of a very poorly done previous restoration. She was an eBay purchase, though I was badly misled as to the extent of her actual condition at the time, and the photos used then did not fully depict her true state. I over-paid and learned a lesson about the necessity of more thoroughly checking out condition, pre-sale. However, I loved her lines and the way she moved in the water, so committed myself to the re-build. I'm happy and pleased to have preserved a bit of history, no matter the eventual cost and likelihood that the financial input will never be recouped. There are some pleasures that one can't ever quantify in $$ terms, and enjoying this canoe is one of them.

    There is only one question left: since the canoe's make-up is now pretty much equal parts of original creator and current restorer, should I describe her as being a 'Robertson with Persson repairs', or a 'Persson with Robertson influence' ? Can't wait for next spring. I would have paddled more, but the weather is turning bad and the water is quite chilly, soon to become hard. Of course, that could be an excuse to car-top and go south over the winter.

    Thanks to all for the kind comments on the result.

    Last edited: Oct 24, 2011
  8. chris pearson

    chris pearson Michigan Canoe Nut

    Wow, really, really nice! Dick, beautiful job as usual, great craftsmanship! Love the colors and the frog!!!!!!!
  9. Andre Cloutier

    Andre Cloutier Firestarter. Wicked Firestarter.

    Call it a Robertsson. :D
  10. chris pearson

    chris pearson Michigan Canoe Nut

    Thanks perfect!
  11. ken.kelly

    ken.kelly LOVES Wooden Canoes

    envious yes

    Roger, Dick, and Greg,
    What a great result! She is beautiful. The lines, the color, quality of the paint work, and I'm sure many other great detail work that the photos don't show.
    Roger, this is extra special since she needed enough work that many would not have done it at all, let alone professionally restored to this high standard. I appreciate that you knew she was worth it.
    Greg, I am envious and hope Roger will bring her to Assembly so I can ask to take her out...
    Thanks for sharing photos and hope to see the story in the WCJ.
  12. Andy Hutyera

    Andy Hutyera The Red Canoe Guy - Life Member

    Can't wait to see this beauty next year at the Assembly. Someone needs to post some "before" shots to really bring home Dick's craftsmanship in the restoration.

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