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Can anyone identify this canoe builder?

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by patrick corry, Jan 17, 2021.

  1. patrick corry

    patrick corry Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Currently a wall hanger, though it's for sale. Seller says it's 16' long. Has no canvas, and lots of "putty" or Bondo repairs at the stem heads/decks.

    The gently radiused deck trailing edges suggest Chestnut to me. Also, there's a curious gunwale construction- the inwale extends along the deck sides to the stem, and there is an additional "inner" inwale added which terminates at the deck. The outwale appears to be flush with the top of the planking, rather than rabbeted to conceal the planking edge. All these 'features' could, of course, be an amateurish repair at some point in it's history!

    What do you all think?

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    Last edited: Jan 17, 2021
  2. Dave Wermuth

    Dave Wermuth Who hid my paddle?

    lots of ribs, copper tacks, keelson suggest Baker, but there were homemade canoes with keelsons. Baker usually had inlay on the decks.
  3. Dave Wermuth

    Dave Wermuth Who hid my paddle?

    Baker was a michigan builder, so if it's in Michigan, then maybe...
  4. OP
    patrick corry

    patrick corry Curious about Wooden Canoes

    It’s located in Pennsylvania, though likely to have originated elsewhere.
  5. Dave Osborn

    Dave Osborn LIFE MEMBER

    The keelson suggests Skowhegan.
    Check em out at

    also search this site.
  6. MGC

    MGC Scrapmaker

    Back in 1972 a buddy of mine and I scored one of best coups. The Prospect Point Camp had decided to get rid of all of their wood and canvas canoes. We were looking for a spot to put in in Piercefield and found a guys lawn covered with canoes. I bought an Indian Girl and Wolf Pond. He picked up a Skowhegan and a Kennebec. I paid $50.00 for my canoes and he paid $30.00 for his. Our parents thought we had lost our minds. It's a good thing they didn't know anything about that stretch of the Racquette we were running or they would have been certain of it.
    Skowhegan's (I have seen) do not have a keelson.
    Early 1930's Skowhegan 18.5' Guide's Model (
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2021
  7. Dave Osborn

    Dave Osborn LIFE MEMBER

    Thank you Mike, I stand corrected.
    After further review, Skowhegan did not build with a keelson.
    I’m not sure what I was thinking.

    better and more photos may help in identifying this canoe.
  8. MGC

    MGC Scrapmaker

    Once upon a time I thought I was wrong but I was mistaken;)
    Here's a thread from a few years back when Chris Pearson asked about canoe builders who used a keelson.... it's not commonly done except for the traditional all wood cedar strips. Who makes a canoe with keelsons | WCHA Forums

  9. Andre Cloutier

    Andre Cloutier Firestarter. Wicked Firestarter.

    Looks entirely like a Peterborough Champlain/Chestnut Pal that has been heavily modified and repaired with keelson added , based on the stem profile, sheer and deck. just sayin.

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