Saturday, 2 June 2018

Chestnut Bobs Special - Grey Owls canoe

Not the actual one, but the model he used in his later years. First built in the teens through to the last years of the late 70s, this model at 15' had a flat bottom and had a 37" beam making it very stable. Originally marketed as a 50 pound canoe, there were several versions and grades. 1/4" thick ribs helped keep the weight down, along with a single thwart and low sheer. 
For anyone unfamiliar, an internet search will generate an excess of information on Grey Owl, one of the most influential Canadian conservationists and author. In fact an Englishman named Archie Belaney, his story came out after his death. 
Couldnt pass this one up since we've not had one yet, and only needing some tip work and a smashed rib replaced from a whitewater foray it will be a relatively quick and easy restoration.

Distinctive low ends and flat sheer, with little rocker
Previous owner removed canvas and rails, and in an unusual twist the rails and keel are useable and will go back on
Nice day to retrieve a boat from Kitchener, Ontario
Necessary stop for pie.
Instantly recongizable as a Chestnut Bobs
Grey Owl in front of his cabin
Beamy, yet the thwart is 1-2" too short as there is a slightly flat run along the gunwale where the thwart pulls the sides in
Wide and stable enough for a beaver to board
Another shot showing the stability and width

Stable enough to stand in, should you need to , even to pole it.


Stembands intact and resusable
Side decals on the original canvas denotes a build from the mid 60s forward
Fredericton decal, putting the boat ahead of the last days when the factory was moved to Oromocto . Maple deck with plain cut out - to be replaced with the earlier style crowned deck with heart cut out
Hardwood keel, installed to add some strength and rigidity to the lightly built hull
In later years several wood species would be used in one boat, this one was built with maple decks, ash thwart and seats, spruce rails and oak outer rails.

History of the name to follow, just a quick post for now.



Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Pretty much done - just the seat mounts left

2 part Epifanes polyurethane paint after sanding the gelcoat with 150grit on a random orbital sander

 Lots of gloss for brushed and tipped

 Footbraces going in

4 holes and they're in
 Stainless screws with rubber washers/gaskets

 Purpleheart decks and carry handles, and ash gunwales



 Narrowed width pulled in sides producing some tumblehome


Hitting the water soon and making room for the next project

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Solo almost done

Boats almost done, colour change, final varnish and install the seat and its ready to go.

 Rails, decks and thwarts shaped and installed with base coats of varnish done
 Purpleheart and ash decks
 White ash contrasts will with purpleheart
 Felt skid plates in place
 Black 2 part polyurethane paint
 Nice gloss and super hard when cured

 First coat, tape stays in place for next coat
 Seat to go in next
 

 Footbraces fitted next, for a VIP owner



 Lots of clearance over rails with a 240cm paddle, narrowed midsection and higher seat
 Next is final paint coat, final varish, install footbraces and hit the water!


Peterborough Minetta solo progress


Rails are on under old rails, bringing boat depth back to where it should be. Another benefit is all the rib tips are solid and sanded down to new wood. Boat needs no new ribs, and a minimum of planking. Set for solo work with 2 thwarts and two carry thwarts, a solo seat will be built for using a double blade paddle. If the owner decides they want to use a single blade, a traditional caned seat can be hung from the rails at any time.

 Stem joint
 Rather than cut it the rail tips and redo the notch on the top of the stem as is more traditional, we opted for another style where the gunwale tips are joined and fastened down into the stem top.

Wide cant ribs to be fastened
 Nice old stock Cherry, decks and thwarts from the same board
 Cutting deck sides using a bevel gauge to transfer the corresponding gunwale angle.
 Chestnut heart lobes, typically Chestnut but also common to many earlier Peterboroughs


 Decks left proud of rail top to allow for crown


 Nice fit

 Grey , weathered wood
 Weathered wood gone, revealing very nice Cherry colour

 Nice big pile of Cherry chips


 Lined up to ensure stems line up and boat stays true
 Thwart layout


 Carving crown in deck
 Crowned deck installed

 Similar seat to whats up next, to be made of white oak and cherry slats
 Epifanes version of turquoise

 New layout of 15'er



 Small amount of planking to be repaired
 Solo seat location will be best just aft of centre








 Decks installed
 Next is interior strip
 Next is build the seat, repair plaking and strip the interior, varnish and canvas


 Dressed up with a rug and an all wood paddle, will look classic as well as be more stable, safer and have room in front of the paddler for the occasional grand child