Wednesday, 12 October 2016

October shop stuff

18' White spruce thats been drying for more than a year, to be milled for gunwales for a new build. Cedar ribs and planking to be milled and prepped, build starts next week. Seats, decks and thwarts in maple started as well.

Inner gunwales installed, outers to have scuppers routed and attached. Mahogany seat, thwart and decks to be made and installed.

Shape pulled in and sweetened up, will finish up at 11' and 29-30" wide.

Moonlight getting varnished and ready for canvas. 

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Back at it, new computer on the way

Life gets busy. Packboat is finished and has been out a bunch. Colour change coming after the paddling season is done, and a lot of activity to catch up on. 

Test float, with a rare Nashwaak paddles double blade cherry 9' paddle

Thanksgiving weekend paddle

Far too little paddling this year!

Comfortable Swift canoes seat. 

Work on the Moonlight carried on, ready for canvas. Hardwood golf tees glued into old gunwale holes make solid plugs for new holes and screws

One wide piece of African mahogany
Really kool new project, a fiberglass replica of a Chestnut 11' featherweight found on Kijiji, advertised as a 7 foot canoe. A phone call and some more pictures later, we took a look and found this. 

  Cant make out who the builder was in Orillia, but with the single seat, and single thwart its set up just like the Chestnut. After what must have been many years outside, the wood was largely gone but the fiberglass hull was solid, and a nice layup with reinforcing where it is needed

Needing to be stripped, this was tasked out to the apprentice. 

Bare hull

Flotation and a different end treatment.

Small keel, and a rigid bottom

Ready to be fitted out

12' of ash for rails

to be continued..

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Pack canoe project

Pack canoes, small single seat canoes designed to be used with a double paddle, enjoyed immense popularity from the late 1800s through the early 1900s. Graceful, made of wood and offering a comfortable seating position and the use of a kayak style double paddle they were easy to carry, launch and retrieve and quick to paddle.  Many companies today are enoying a resurgence of what they are calling a Pack canoe, styled after a type referred to as a Wee Lassie. Handling more like a canoe but with the agility and speed more reminiscent of a kayak they offer a less restricted seating position. When this 11.5 foot cane presented itself for well under $200 we knew it was a candidate for modifying into one of these great canoes.

Under 12' doesnt take much room on top

Another retrieval with the van, looking good after 11 years and 320k kilometres

Swift Canoes version of the single seat double blade paddle boat.

Originally set up with 2 seats, its hard to imagine anything other than small kids paddling it. 

Sitting on the bottom in a comfortable padded seat with a back changes the dynamic entirely

Modifications will include removal of seats, broken thwart, decks and aluminum gunwales. Sheer will be cut to lower the sides through the centre to give clearance for the paddle, and to make it a prettier boat overall. Wood rails in either ash or cherry (havent decided yet) will be added, minimal wood decks, finely shaped thwarts on either end along with a new seat. Finally felt skid plates will be added to either end. All at modest cost, the most expensive piece will be the seat.

Pack canoe named for the original Wee Lassie

Swifts version that ours will be moified to resemble, including pulling in the rails to narrow the hull midships

A solo pack boat loaded for a camping trip.

Updates to follow.....

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

What the hell is a Peenoe?

Short answer is its a licensed copy of a Gheenoe, built in Arkansas by Spider Inc rather than by Gheenoe in Titusville, Florida. 
Moreover, its as specialized form of fishing boat for shallow water and flats fishing, 
Spider Inc seems to have ceased production or to have a web presence, but search Gheenoe and there is a rabid following, with the website claiming over 50k built after the concept was created by Mr Harley Gheen.

This is what we found in cottage country, far removed from its place of origin but no less suited to fishing in and around Ontario. So we bought it of course. 

Rated for a 10hp, we'll look for a 5 or a 6hp.  After all we went to fish, not ski and tube

Centre cooler box, often turned into a live well. Looks like a kid seat to us, perfect for pulling fish up from 

big, flat and wide. 

They were not kidding about the stability

Different bow profile that some of the Gheenoes, should split waves and ride them better and drier

Larger Gheenoe box with live well aft

sure, why not race them..

Standing and driving...

A bimini would be great for beating the sun

at 120 lbs only needs a light trailer

Chairs seem like a must.

Update to follow once its in the shop and being outfitted and powered before the season opens.....

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Forms almost ready to build on

Just about ready to build on - all thats left is to do th final shaping and put on the steel bands.  
Shape is faithfull to the original, going slow has paid off. 

Jointer is working perfectly.  Need to build a dust and chip chute next, to keep waste out of the motor

Next up is the vintage unisaw

Original 220v motor, to be sent  out for rebuilding. Running  now, could use freshening up after 70 years.

Donor machine, for the parts that are worn or missing. Jet lock fence and dust door will be used along with insert and a few other parts. 

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Modifying a building form

Maine guide canoes are some of the best and most capable tripping canoes, owing to their design dating back to birchbark designs, that evolved into the earliest wood and canvas designs. 
These early shots are from Island Falls Canoe's website, and feature some early Maine guide canoes.
Jerry Stelmok builds some fantastic guide canoes inspired by the early designs of EM White, and others. 

Lots of tripping volume

Guide up high in the stern

Flat mid section for stability to stand, and for poling.

Modern version desined by Rollin Thurlow, named the Atkinson Traveller. 

Great profile and sheerline

Barn find very early guide canoe

All the characteristics of the earliest hulls, circa approx 1890, builder unknown

Atkinson Traveller form

New casters for steel form stand, to roll over all terrain

Shape faithful to the plans, its had 2 boats pulled from it.
To be clear, this is a fantastic, proven design with hundreds of boats built to its design, including being offered by several builders and larger companies. Not wanting to change any of the paddling or load carrying characteristics of the hull, we'll focus on the shape from above the waterline at the bilge on up to the gunwales. The reason is our desire to have a capable tripping canoe with all the characteristics of the earliest boats. Once restored, the early guide canoe will only be paddled for fun or shows, being so old and somewhat fragile. It not be suitable for had trippping or loads. 
The form, while accurate and true, is not particularly well built and will benefit from a rebuild

Tumblehome to be introduced is the major modification to be made

Form displays no tumblehome as designed

Early boat displays lots of tumblehome along its length, and is most dramatic in the centre section.

Hull displays flare, making for a more dry boat is weather and waves. To be clear, our modifications will not enhance the design, but  will will introduce the style we are looking for to try and replicate the earliest boats. A bit of work, but lifes too short not to paddle the boat you want!

Tumblehome all the way forward

Banding as fit to the form is loose, and will be tightened up for better building

A great starting point, and modifications will be made by eye rather than trying to modify the drawings and committing to a full build of the form, uncertain if the modifications were correct. 

Nice long, flat run that is an essential part of the design

Significant tumblehome, but will not alter the water line shape of the hull or compromise its performance.

Ready to be started, this will be saved for the fall and winter 

Sidwinder is a great tool for lifting as well as transferring lines and shapes

Small, elongated early decks and narrow entry that will be used

to be continued this fall...