Enter our affinity for black canoes, although traditionally built antique boats typically have too many lumps and bumps to look good gloss black. Strippers, however, are comparatively more static, with little or no material movement. This one will see us indulge our want of a black boat, with a two part polyurethane finish, polished brass stembands, and new white ash outer gunwales.
Not unlike traditionally built boats, while more durable when left to the elements, the wood parts that end up exposed suffer the same. This one needs new outer gunwales, tip work on the inners, the keel sealed with penetrating epoxy, and an overall sand and varnish.
That famous and familiar stripper interior, with 'football' shaped interior where the planks must fill the bottom. With no gored or spiled planks, the curve is carried to the centre line.
Nice upswept bow, the distinctive shape of Ted Moores design from his book Canoecraft
Sitting outside has taken its toll on the cherry gunwales, which had to be cut and split off the boat as they were screwed and bunged.
Carry thwart, center thward and seats, all from Cherry
Nice smooth hull, minimum preparation before the applicatoin of LPU.
Nicely outfitted with cherry.
Bow section showing the damage to the gunwales.
Selection of Japanese tools, for gunwale removal
Replacement parts! Prewoven cane, spline, paint and marine oil.
Just about the best paint going, Epifanes 2 part polyurethane will give great gloss, and abrasion resistance. A very tough 2 part coating.
Progress fell off for a while, but sanding is done
Ash gunewales coming back nicely, will look nice against new ash outwales.
Weapon of choice, Milwaukee random orbital sander
Next steps - epoxy seal inner and outer gunwales, varnish interior and seats/thwarts, then flip her over and sand the hull to prep for 2 part epoxy paint. Gonna be pretty...