My sources for this build are: “The Wood & Canvas Canoe”, Stelmok and Thurlow “Building the Maine Guide Canoe”, Stelmok The Stewart River- Alex Comb - DVD The Northwoods Canoe – Thurlow- DVD Question: Alex Comb coats the ribs and the interior side of the planking prior to the planking process. It’s not apparent this procedure is followed in the Stelmok or Thurlow source material (books and DVD). I have the supplies on hand and I can easily produce the linseed oil “soup” or a 50/50 thinned varnish without additional purchases. Although, money and time are not an issue. I just want to do things properly and insure maximum protection for the wood but don’t wish to introduce anything that hinders my ability to form the planks to the ribs (hot water soak/steam iron technique) or the integrity of the final finish on the interior planking. What is the conventional wisdom regarding this process? Thank you in advance….