Hello all, I'm new here and new to wood and canvas canoes. My name is Luke. I grew up less than a mile from the Gunnison River in Colorado and spent many summers in our family canoe in the Colorado or Gunnison rivers. It was a modern (plastic) one, but I always found the wood and canvas kind we would occasionally see mesmerizing. For the last few years I have wanted to get back in a canoe and have casually watched for one I could afford to pop up. I found this one last week for only $50. I realize that it is in pretty terrible shape, but I figured $50 wasn't a huge gamble, plus the person next in line to buy it wanted to use it to hold beer at their wedding, which seemed like a crime. From what I gather from the serial number, it is a 1923. It measures out at 15' in length. I purchased it from the original owner's daughter. He was a trapper in Klamath Falls Oregon and apparently supported his family doing this work using this canoe. The canoe was in good shape until 15 or so years ago when the daughter's husband put the canoe outside to make more room in the garage. It was stored outdoors upside down on a rack, pressed against a fence. The Portland (Oregon) climate did not treat the old thing well. The side against the fence gathered leaves and caused some pretty nasty rot. A good portion of the planking will need to be replaced, a few of the ribs as well, as I think patching them more than a few inches down may not be ok. I am a descent woodworker and am pretty handy and determined, but this is all very new to me, and could use some opinions. 1. Is this a folly? Is this boat too far gone to bring back? 2. Any idea what model this is? 2. Much of the planking has shrunk due to age and poor treatment, leaving gaps between the planks up to 1/8". Is this alright, or will all of these planks need replaced? Note in the pictures I have removed the most rotten planking that was against the fence as it was crumbling. 3. Due to my location, air dried Western Red Ceder can be had, but short of mail ordering it, Northern White cannot (though I may order enough for the ribs if necessary). Port Orford Ceder is also available, but more expensive. Do you folks have any strong opinions about either? I know red is inferior to white, but I am on a budget, and it's what's available in my neck of the woods. Do you have any other opinions on wood for ribs and planking available in the Pacific North West? 4. Do you folks recommend any organizations in my area that I should be in contact with involving traditional canoes? Thanks for any help!