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Old birchbark canoe model. wondering?

Discussion in 'Scale and Miniature Canoe Models' started by bob goeckel, Feb 5, 2008.

  1. bob goeckel

    bob goeckel Wooden Canoe Maniac

    seeing the article about the discovery of the Adney model got me to looking closer at this and wondering. I realize it's not an Adney but it seems very old and well made. were there alot of canoe models around way back? does anyone have any insight into what this might be? 20"x5"w

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  2. chris pearson

    chris pearson Michigan Canoe Nut

    adney model?

    Which article are you referring? Funny, 10 years ago, I made an appointment to view the Adney collection at the Mariners Museum. They took me into the basement and let me see everything. Being a modelmaker, it was quite a sight that I wont too soon forget!;) Most models made were souvenir type for visiting a certain place or at a fair. The one you posted looks nicer than that though, I'm no expert here.

  3. tedbehne

    tedbehne Birchbark model builder

    Old Birchbark Canoe Model

    As Chris noted, most Native-made bark canoe models were made for sale to tourists. They are rough approximations of full-size canoes, never intended to be precise replicas. They are typically off on scale and proportion and lack the correct number of ribs. The model in the photos is better made than most. Adney's models stand out because they are precise replicas of the real thing, made to one-fifth scale and so accurately built that measurements taken from his models can be used to make full-size canoes. :)
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    bob goeckel

    bob goeckel Wooden Canoe Maniac

    it's in the new wooden canoe vol.31 #4. it doesn't look like a typical souvenir to me either. the thwarts are rabbited into the inwale, the planks are cut and laid like typical birch construction. although there is some damage this looks very precise and dimensionally correct. anyway it is a nice old canoe model. thanks for the replies! :D
  5. Dave Wermuth

    Dave Wermuth Who hid my paddle?

    It's a banana

    Hi bob, oh, just to the left of the banana is a really nice looking bb model. looks more like a model than a toy. A good find.

    did you get my emails?
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    bob goeckel

    bob goeckel Wooden Canoe Maniac

    no, we expected to hear from you about picking us up to go to the qws then gave up. i emailed you about it sunday. we had been looking forward to it.
  7. chris pearson

    chris pearson Michigan Canoe Nut

    holy mother of all canoe models!!!!!!

    Holy crap, now I know what youre talking about Bob, I just got my WCHA journal. Ted, what an amazing find!!!! I'm so interested in all this Adney stuff you are digging up. What a great story, life, history!!!!!!!!!! I cant believe what you discovered. Hats off to you and all your efforts, what a great addition to the club, congratulations! I'm not worthy!!!!!!!!!:D

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