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Reliving the past

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by Hunter Gee, May 10, 2021.

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    Hunter Gee

    Hunter Gee Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Decided to leave them oversized for now.
    Most of one side done.
    Realized another issue: the bow "rise" is one inch higher than the back, causing this difference in side views. I believe that the previous repair was not done very well. I will show a top view of the bow as well - the deck appears to have been installed crooked.
    Now I have a decision to make: should I leave the outwhales unfinished until I do my canvas change this winter? My long-term plan will include replacing the decks at the same time as the canvas.
    TIA
    John
     

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  2. Andy Hutyera

    Andy Hutyera The Red Canoe Guy - Life Member

    I would suggest at least a coat or two of spar varnish on the outwales to protect them until you get around to canvassing.
     
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    Hunter Gee

    Hunter Gee Curious about Wooden Canoes

    For sure, Andy!
    I'm hoping that a heat gun will be enough to be able to bend the outwhales up. There is an inch needed in the bow! Anyone think that I should re-align the bow downward? Or, is that a silly question, as Todd would say?
    TIA for any suggestions.
    John 20210518_100245.jpg 20210514_173417.jpg
     
  4. Dave Osborn

    Dave Osborn LIFE MEMBER

    I have used a heat gun on occasion to fine tune a bend without steaming. There is not a dramatic bend there..I’ve never done it with a painted hull behind it. Be careful.

    ive also made a simple form to do small bends and adjustments.
    Clamp the wale to the form on one end, lay a wet towel over the bend and place a steam iron on it at the highest setting. Then incrementally tighten a clamp on the other end until it conforms.
    Had a photo but must have dumped it. Sorry.
     
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    Hunter Gee

    Hunter Gee Curious about Wooden Canoes

    The bow is safely in!
    Will re-align during the winter break when I do the re-canvassing.

    But, speaking of breaks...
    I suffered a serious setback in the stern.
    The extended gunwhale got caught up in the pile of gardening junk when the sawhorse collapsed. Hoping to epoxy the cracks enough to allow for a scarf repair. Will advise.
     

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    Hunter Gee

    Hunter Gee Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Not the best looking scarf, but it will suffice until the winter when I will replace it along with new canvas and...?
    Heading to the water 2moro for a test paddle. Hoping for the best. 20210530_111906.jpg 20210602_142423.jpg
     
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    Hunter Gee

    Hunter Gee Curious about Wooden Canoes

    It was great - no leaks and paddles well. Not only that, it looks good in its natural environment.
     

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    Hunter Gee

    Hunter Gee Curious about Wooden Canoes

    An update on the Huron canoe:
    I had it out again at Quetico Provincial Park, and it knows how to catch fish!
    Not only that, but I have connected with the person who owned it back on 1998. He indicates that he got some advice back then from this group on both of his canoes.
    I have collected some pallets with the idea of building a pair of cradles. It likely will be very basic.
    Any suggestions are welcomed.
     

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    Hunter Gee

    Hunter Gee Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Here's the Huron on new cradles
     

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