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Creation of a Canoe 1950

Discussion in 'Books, Videos, and the Like' started by Fitz, Jul 24, 2019.

  1. Fitz

    Fitz Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

    I apologize in advance if this has been posted before, but I did a search on it and didn't find it on the Forum, and I don't remember ever seeing it. I came across this short film showing how Old Town built canoes in the 1950's. What a wonderful view back in time!

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  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Great stuff, it is interesting to see much younger versions of the people I knew when I was a child there in the 1960s.

  3. Michael Grace

    Michael Grace Lifetime Member

    Outstanding video. Thanks for sharing, Fitz!
  4. Norm Hein

    Norm Hein Canoe Codger

    That one guy is faster than a pneumatic nailer
  5. MGC

    MGC Scrapmaker

    That's got to be the best part of that truly great video. He's a machine. He must have had half a pound of tacks packed away in his cheeks.
  6. Andy Hutyera

    Andy Hutyera The Red Canoe Guy - Life Member

    Great stuff! Thank for posting.
  7. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    That is Clyde Hinckley and his capabilities are well detailed on page 103 of Sue Audette's boot about Old Town. "Clyde prided himself in doing three canoes a day, equaling about 4,500 tacks!"

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  8. MGC

    MGC Scrapmaker

    A visit to the factory was always a highlight of our trips to Maine. It was incredible to be able to wander around in there and see everything that was happening. Being able to wander through everyday...that must have been something.
    It was not the same after things were shuffled to build the glass canoes but it was still pretty darned great.
  9. Linda verrill

    Linda verrill New Member

    That was my grandfather in the video making the canoe. Clyde hinckley
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  10. dtdcanoes

    dtdcanoes LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Welcome, Linda....I remember well a fraternity brother of mine , Bob Hinckley of Hinckley Yachts in Maine. Was he related to Clyde and I guess you ? As the years have passed and I renewed my work on boats, I learned of many College mates coming from Maine boating families....Benson and his folks, Gerrish, Pulsifer, Hinckley....what a crew.
  11. Linda verrill

    Linda verrill New Member

    Dave I don’t believe he was related
  12. Linda verrill

    Linda verrill New Member

    I am wondering if there are any more videos of my grandfather or pictures
  13. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    He was also featured in a Bangor Daily News article as shown below. This is probably from the early 1960s but the date was not noted. He was quite a showman when any visitors came through, although he never said much.


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  14. Dave Osborn

    Dave Osborn LIFE MEMBER

    Are there any photos of Old Town Pack Baskets??
  15. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

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