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Spline & Groove Contruction?

Discussion in 'Traditional All-Wood Construction' started by mccloud, Jun 23, 2015.

  1. mccloud

    mccloud "Tiger Rag" back on the tidal Potomac In Memoriam

    I'm having a discussion with another WCHA member who has begun restoration work on an all wood, strip built canoe, manufacturer unknown. Instead of the shiplap construction I would expect to see in a Peterborough, this canoe has a metal spline between each strip, and the wood strips have grooves on each edge. I have a faint, old memory of seeing something built like this at the museum at Blue Mountain Lake, but do not recall the builder. What is the proper name for this sort of construction?
    Tom McCloud
  2. Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

    Photos? Sounds like it might be a Durand.
  3. Rob Stevens

    Rob Stevens Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

    Metal batten.
  4. David McDaniel

    David McDaniel Canoe Dude

    I believe Ruggles also used this method at one time. It didn't work out very well, as the thin lands on either side of the groove would crack and break out.
  5. Dave Wermuth

    Dave Wermuth Who hid my paddle?

    brass batten

    I have a Walter Dean (toronto) with that construction. And it was in pretty poor shape. Cracks, splits. I can't imagine that many have survived.

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