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Old cedar

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by Coanbu, Dec 15, 2020.

  1. Coanbu

    Coanbu Curious about Wooden Canoes

    I have an ample supply of old white cedar kicking around my parents farm that I should be able to supply all my planking and rib needs with.

    Does wood that is pretty old pose a problem for steam bending?
     
  2. Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

    Try milling up a bit of it, throw it in a pond (or the like) for a couple days, and do some test steaming. That will tell you what you need to know.
     
  3. OP
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    Coanbu

    Coanbu Curious about Wooden Canoes

    That should work. My parents heat with wood so broken pieces will not go to waste.
     
  4. Dave Wermuth

    Dave Wermuth Who hid my paddle?

    Is it standing timber or already sawn? Finding clear stuff is a very small portion of the harvest.
     
  5. OP
    OP
    Coanbu

    Coanbu Curious about Wooden Canoes

    It is already sawn. It will be a challenge to find usable stuff but there is so much kicking around that I am optimistic. My parents heat with wood so failures will find a good home as kindling.
     
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  6. Dave Wermuth

    Dave Wermuth Who hid my paddle?

    Sounds rewarding to harvest the tree, saw the timber and select the stock, make the canoe. Enjoy the process.
     

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