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Chestnut Identification Issues

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by Jordan Fournier, Oct 28, 2020.

  1. Jordan Fournier

    Jordan Fournier New Member

    Hi Everyone,

    I am new to the site and have not had a lot of time in looking around so this may have been covered somewhere else! Here is my issue.

    I bought a Chestnut canoe which I was told was purchased in 1967. At some point someone did some pretty shitty repairs. I picked it up for almost nothing. I would like to restore it back to original. But the first thing I would like to do is identify what model it is. I have taken some measurements and pictures to help with this.

    Overall Length: 14'
    Beam at Midship: 32 1/4" inside to inside inwales
    Beam at front of rear seat is 17"
    Beam at rear of Front seat is 25"
    Depth at Midship: 12 1/2"
    Rib thickness: 3/8" x 1 7/8"
    Rib spacing: 1 3/4"
    Seats are done in rawhide and appear original as in bad shape (dried out)
    At some point someone fiber glassed it! (that is going to be a pain)
    Has heart shaped decks but I do not think they are original (gut feeling as they are flat underneath)
    Does have a Chestnut decal on the front deck!
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  2. Andre Cloutier

    Andre Cloutier Firestarter. Wicked Firestarter.

    Looks like somebody put a Chestnut sticker on a Huron built canoe, that wasnt built in Fredericton.
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    Jordan Fournier

    Jordan Fournier New Member

    Thanks Andre,

    Now that I look at the details for the Hurons, I would say you are correct which means, I got screwed because I thought I was getting a Chestnut! That sucks but hey I got another winter project! The decks are the giveaway so now I know what direction to look for more details! Thanks Again!
  4. Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

    Don't despair too much, Jordan. Huron-built canoes can look rough, but many of them have turned out to be very good paddlers.
  5. Murat V

    Murat V LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Do any of the experts here have an explanation for the two shallow notches on the centre thwart? Maybe for a tumpline lashing?
  6. Andre Cloutier

    Andre Cloutier Firestarter. Wicked Firestarter.

    what Dan said, i've put a few back together and they paddle just fine. they are good honest boats rather than a few i can think of that enjoy an undeserved reputation (made in Canada btw)
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    Jordan Fournier

    Jordan Fournier New Member

    We will find out how good they are and I am when I get done with it! Hopefully it turns out better than I expect it

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