Monday, 14 August 2017

Peterborough Iroquois (Chestnut Maiden)

 Introduced in 1922 and built into the '50s, this Chestnut Indian Maiden has proved elusive in the marketplace. We've passed on a few that either were made up to look like one but were'nt genuine, or had been treated poorly or fiberglassed. This week we finally got lucky, and located a Peterborough Iroquois. 
Brought back out for the 1960-61 year and built by Chestnut for Peterborough, their version was named the Iroquois.  Technically a Maiden, its built with spruce inner gunwales, cedar decks, maple seats and thwarts and hardwood outer wales, the Chestnut Indians had been trimmed in mahogany

  As found in original canvas

 A narrow, fast boat at 32" wide and 16' overall

Cedar decks
 Oak outer wales

 Nice shape, easy restoration

Solid seat caning on maple frames. Decks have hardwood coamings as well
 Heavily recurved stems, cant ribs just visible. 

 Silver Peterborough decal on bow deck, with painter ring.
Toughest choice will be what colour to paint it when done....

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Road trip to Huron County

Today provided great weather for a drive to collect materials and a strip canoe form. The box trailer is still apart, so hook the boat trailer to the van and collect Rob and off we go. First stop is a new contact sawyer with a lot of ambrosia maple in 4/4, 6/4 and 8/4.  Prices were too good to pass up, and he had live edge slabs suitable for furniture and such so a big piece came home as well.
The next cruiser off the form will be trimmed with wormy maple. Not totally out of line with authenticity, as guide models were not built with materials not as selected as the first grade, and we've restored Chestnuts and Peterboroughs with everything from curly maple to birdseye. A few pieces of elm rounded out the pile, and we headed to collect the form.

A retired teacher had advertised the form for free to pick up, and its going to the local middle school for grade 7s and 8s to form a club to construct a canoe during the school year. 14'5'' long, with a modern stem and waterline, flat sheer, its reminiscent of a sleeker solo boat, along the lines of a Swift Osprey.
Currently 28" width and 11" deep, against the Oprey's width of 29" width and 26" gunwale width.

What causes ambrosia maple?
the lumberman's term for this product has been wormy maple. The appearance is actually caused by Ambrosia beetle that carries a fungus on its legs that causes the discolouration. The holes are due to the beetle boring through the living wood.

Modern lines, more plumb stem and sleek modern lines

One big load of logs

Lots of Maple

Starting to build a pile

Time to load

Lots of live edge slabs

Strip building form

Pick up at an historic house circa 1875

Second stop

Monday, 31 July 2017

More trailer mods

 Shiny and new, our trailer is looking tough these days.  One set of racks is good for two boats, but a second set will be fabricated along with lengthening the tongue to keep the boats centered with less hanging off the back.

Needs a tool box up front for spare, jack and tools.
Bearings are due, the last trip they were getting warm so they got overloaded with grease as a precaution. After 4 years a little overdue...

 Due for an overall sanding and painting as well

 Coupler cut off, new one waiting along with new chains. A sleeve and a 30" extension will mean more room, back up maneouvrability and a relocated jack . 

 Fender stripped, rest to go.

Hubs off waiting for new races and bearings

updates to follow...

Saturday, 22 July 2017

First Cruiser is done and tested

Loaded and headed on its way to Temagami, one of the premier wilderness destinations in Ontario

Arrival, time to unload

A quick paddle on arrival

Double paddles x2

Time for someone else to try it out


Friday, 21 July 2017

1946 Temagami Special

Temagami Canoe Company, located in the village of Temagami, is Canada's second oldest canoe builder.* It is dedicated to wood-canvas canoe construction.
Although it says on the building facade that it was established in 1929, it was actually started in 1928 by William "Bill" Ernest Smith. The following year it became a business partnership with the addition of Henry Black, a Chicago freight agent with the Pennsylvania Railroad. They signed the papers on October 10, 18 days before the crash on Black Monday.
The company was bought by Steve and John Kilbridge in 1978 from Smith. Today it is operated by John. The old shop (left) was built in 1931. It still contains the old boiler for generating steam to run the saws and soften the ribs for bending.
Contact John Kilbridge at 705-569-3777

Wanting one of these boats for some time, i've only come across one i could identify, at too high a price for a boat needing a restoration. Another claimed to be one but with no identifying marks, and not being familiar with their features, i couldnt be certain so passed on it.


 Meeting John and getting a tour of his operation along with the history of the company, a chance encounter with a customer led to a ride to a cabin on a local lake to see the boat they had come to the shop to inquire about selling.
After WWII, the owners father had purchased the boat from BIll Smith after buying the property. Repaired some 20 years ago by John, it was time to move it on.

Largely original, as built by Bill Smith, a 16' Temagami Special. Largely based on a Chestnut or Peterborough design, but altered accordingly. 

After a deal had been struck, they agreed to bring the boat from the water access property to the local landing. 

Tied alongside, it made the trip of a little over a mile.

John in front of his shop posing with us tourists.

Arriving home to be restored

 Chestnut influence

 Original deck decal, to be reproduced.

Heart shaped and crowned deck, chestnut influence 

Keel screws in groups of 2

Elongated thwart ends

 Settled in for restoration

to be updated as work begins