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Lakefield canoe (links to pics)

Discussion in 'Traditional All-Wood Construction' started by Cliff Ober, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. Cliff Ober

    Cliff Ober Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    Hello everyone, I'm a new user (although I have lurked a bit); I'm posting a link to images of a 1906 Lakefield canoe that some may find of interest:

    Alma's Canoe_Lois_Lorraine_small.jpg

    This canoe has been in our family since it was purchased new by my great-grandfather as a birthday present for his daughter (my grandmother). It's fully functional and in good shape for it's age; I hope y'all enjoy the images.

    Cliff Ober
  2. ppride

    ppride Canoe Builder

    Thanks for the pictures. Reminds me of my wife and her friend on Payette Lake Idaho. Pete
  3. Greg Nolan

    Greg Nolan enthusiast

    A beautiful boat -- a real treasure!
  4. OP
    Cliff Ober

    Cliff Ober Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    Greg, in a year and a half, if all goes well, that canoe will be based very close to you in Maine (summer place?). Retirement is not far off (Hallelujah!), and we'll be moving permanently to Harmony. We bought a nice place there a couple of years ago that we currently use for vacations. Unfortunately it's not directly on a lake, but Great Moose Lake is close, as are other water bodies. I'm itching to get onto some of the lakes farther north too. Maybe we can connect some day...

  5. Greg Nolan

    Greg Nolan enthusiast

    Cliff --

    Check your private messages.

  6. Mark Morrall

    Mark Morrall New Member

    Boy Cliff, that's a beauty of a canoe. The family history makes it priceless!

    Mark Morrall
  7. Rich Jones

    Rich Jones Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Beautiful canoe. I just love an all wood, bright finished hull. And to think that it's still in usable condition after a century of use is amazing. Hoping you many more years paddling her.
  8. Lazy Jack

    Lazy Jack LOVES Wooden Canoes

    A wonderful documentation of some critical construction details!

    I love the traces of past outings written over the outside of the hull - makes it all real

    Thanks for sharing
  9. OP
    Cliff Ober

    Cliff Ober Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    Jack, that canoe has seen hard usage through the years; we have very old photos showing it pulled up on rocks, and it was occasionally also used to shoot rapids. I know of three times the keel was broken doing that (and subsequently replaced). I've used it all my life and I can't count the times I've bumped rocks or stumps with it, as have other family members. The lake where we had our summer place is very beautiful and packed with islands, but along with that is proliferation of protruding rocks and hidden shoals. It's hard to go anywhere interesting without running into stuff. All that certainly left a visual toll, but it's just part of its history and tons of wonderful memories.

    Thanks for the comments!

  10. OP
    Cliff Ober

    Cliff Ober Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

  11. enrique bruna

    enrique bruna Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Hello; I have seen the Alma´s canoe, she is beatyfull, and she remember me the canoe builded by Mark Morrall. Are both the same clas or design?
    I would like to build it, reading about them, I noticed it is a very " natural" building method. I´ve build some ply boats and strip canoes in Chile, my country, and when remember all the epoxy powder and nano bits of FG floating in the air and, at last, going to the ambient and water courses , I begin to look for a natural method.
    Somebody know where to get a plan for a mould 17 ft like the Morrall canoe?
    Here we have many forest and many classes of wood to build boats, like cypress, nothofagus oblicua, etc.,
    TheAdirondack guide boat, of Durant, may be usefull in this project?.
    I will be very happy recieving your coments.
    Enrique Bruna
  12. samb

    samb LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Can't help with plans, but I built the form for my current build after measuring a 1900s Peterborough rib canoe. You have seen the Morral threads and the other build reference I have is the Walter Walker video on youtube.


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