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Molded mahogany canoe- ideas?

Discussion in 'Research and History' started by Michael Grace, Apr 12, 2006.

  1. Michael Grace

    Michael Grace Lifetime Member

    Surely some of you saw this Ebay listing:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7404958989

    The seller of this canoe said it was made by a Florida builder, but I am unaware of any commercial builder of canoes like this in the south. It is somewhat hard to imagine someone building a one-off in this manner, but who knows... I didn't buy it, so this is only a matter of curiosity.

    It is surely not a Max Anderssons, and I don't believe it is a Haskell. In an old Wooden Canoe issue, there was mention of a Plycraft of Nova Scotia (http://www.wcha.org/wcj/v24_n3/moulded.html). The hull shape, sheer and construction look similar to this canoe, but the one photo of a Plycraft doesn't show much detail.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. bredlo

    bredlo LOVES Wooden Canoes

    No idea, but neat looking canoe.

    Looks like something Charles and Ray Eames could've done back in the 1940's. They took their molded plywood technologies beyond furniture, and even designed an absolutely gorgeous leg splint for troops in WWII. People hang them on their walls today.

    [​IMG]

    Sorry, drifted a little off topic there, didn't I.
     
  3. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    These were fairly popular in the early 1940s. Old Town sold at least two canoes in 1941 that were "Special Weldwood" models as shown in the attached build records. This model does not appear to have ever been listed in their catalogs. Rollin Thurlow has seen one and said that "The Weldwood patten # was #2073290. The Weldwood sticker was placed under the stern seat."

    Penn Yan also advertised a Weldwood version of the 14 foot long Coquette model boats in their 1942 catalog as described in the third image below. These were not advertised in their 1940 or 1943 catalogs. It is possible that someone in Florida was also involved in these experiments at that time.

    Benson
     

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  4. Michael Leone

    Michael Leone You call that a sail?

    book shelf

    6b_12.jpg

    23_12.jpg

    74_12.jpg I say it's a book shelf that some turned into a canoe:eek:
    but all jokes aside I have one of these mysterios canoes as well,
    and I posted pictures of it several time and only got guesses as to what
    it is and who made it, and everyone guessed somthing diferent!
    but benson's reply to this post had a vital clue about the posible I.D.
    of my canoe, it had a tag or lable about 1 3/4 inch by 1 inch on the left
    side under the stern seat, unfortunatly the tag is missing but you can clearly see were it was.
    also the canoe has closed ash gunwales, and the presence of steel fasteners
    could date the boat to the early 40's.

    put that in you pipe and smoke it:confused:

    here are some pics of my M.M.C. that can be smoked if you print them
    and shred them very fine enjoy:eek:
     

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