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My Detroit 15 is Finished

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by JClearwater, Feb 13, 2020.

  1. JClearwater

    JClearwater Wooden Canoe Maniac


    At long last I can say it's done. Now I just have to wait until spring to try it out. Now Jean and I each have a solo canoe.

    Hull was half built by the late Jack McGreivey, completed and finished by me. It is his Detroit 15 Bantam model of which he built only three. White Cedar ribs and planking, cherry outwales, thwarts and seat. I bought just the hull from Jack. It did not have thwarts or a seat. I made those. No. 12 canvas, Kirby enamel, Epifanes varnish on gunwales, decks, seat & thwarts. Total Boat varnish on interior. I bought it from Jack a number of years ago but just recently finished it. I will bring it to Assembly in July. IMG_3171.JPG IMG_3169.JPG IMG_3173.JPG IMG_3177.JPG

    Jim C.
  2. dtdcanoes

    dtdcanoes LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Very nice , Jim. Esp. the elegant spacers. Maybe a little heavy on the band bedding ? The extended tips make the boat for me.
    Dave D.
  3. Norm Hein

    Norm Hein Canoe Codger

    WOW! really looks good. I like the two tone a lot
  4. OP

    JClearwater Wooden Canoe Maniac

    Thanks Dave and you are right, a little heavy on the stem band bedding. I should have cleaned that up before I took the pictures. I'll get right on it.

    Does anyone know what happened to Jack's building forms? I know he had a couple different models.

  5. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

  6. Ron Bedard

    Ron Bedard Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    I experimented with dyeing the bedding compound for the stems,(the canoe is dark green). Wound up using very clear silicone caulk made for shower enclosures. Can't see it and I'm sure it is very waterproof.
    Certainly not traditional but I think the old timers would have used our new stuff if they had it.
  7. OP

    JClearwater Wooden Canoe Maniac

    Thanks guys.

    You can't see it in the photos but I made the thwarts with a slight arch in them and I made the seat rails with a slight curve as well. The whole idea was to take out all parallel lines. Nothing straight, everything is curved.
    Not being a restoration I didn't feel bound by convention so I went for something a little different. The seat cane pattern is also not the "normal" one usually seen. I did the "Daisy Pattern" just to be a little different.

    mmmalmberg and Norm Hein like this.
  8. dtdcanoes

    dtdcanoes LOVES Wooden Canoes

    A lot " out of the box " and all of it elegant. Very fun to see. I have at times also colored the bedding using Grumbaker oils in the tube, It is a good solution to the issue when you do not have the surface you would like. It will be fun to see the boat for real.
    Dave D.
  9. Craig Johnson

    Craig Johnson LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Beautiful Jim. Makes me want to get to work on mine (number two of three built) but have a couple in front of it.
    I usually put the stem band on before the final coat of paint and tape it off so the paint covers any visible bedding compound.

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