Sunday, 12 November 2017

Traveller form progress

Bands are off, ready to be faired. New steel has been sheared into strips, and new gunwale backers milled.

One of the problems to be corrected is that the bands dont lay flat, and the nail in the middle didnt help as they already were not tight

Hooking the bands under the bottom of the strip planking also was not tight enough to keep the bands tight to the form

 Besides the bands not being fit tight, the form is not faired smooth so the bands wont lay completely flat
 Growing pile of banding

Loose enough to get the aviation snips under

 Getting there

 Wrecking tools - no finesse here

 At the other end

 A few spots to repair

 Ready to be faired

Repairs, fair the form, new steel bands, gunwale backers and we can set the stems and rails and begin building.

Form tune up and new build

Time for a winter build, a new tripping canoe. Once the snow flies the sawdust will be flying the shop for a spring launch. The Atkinson Traveller, designed by Rollin Thurlow draws heavily from the early Maine guide canoes, designed for river and lake travel loaded for days or weeks.

Classic Maine shape
 Loaded for tripping with , what else, canvas packs

 Nice fair hull

 Form to be tuned up

 New bands are sheared to  2.5", ready to go on after the old ones come off

 Loose bands arent the best for building, they create the risk of bounce and tacks not clenching properly

 Nice looking traveller, well travelled and used. Boat has a great vintage look for a newer built boat

 Old wisdom always said not to stand in a canoe, but in Maine and out east wide, flat bottoms in canoes lend themselves to being poled, especially in shallows. 

The Travellers popularity extends to countries where North American canoe culture has many followers, this example is from Germany

All we have to do now is assemble it.....

Saturday, 21 October 2017

New (old) Woods pack, #1 Special

Kijiji gives up another vintage pack, a woods canvas #1 in great original shape. Oil the straps, and into the collection it goes. Last made some years ago, with quality way down and a retail price north of $200, these are a bargain and becoming increasingly sought after.

 Nice original tag

New Woods branded backpack. Nylon and made overseas, but they brought back the old embroidered logo rather than the new stylized one so it was an easy decision to buy one.

Woods #200 sitting in the cruiser replica, in the shadow of the original
 Enlarged rendition of original and much seen photograph of loaded canoe, with packs clearly visible.
 Shot of Thomson waiting outside the train station in Algonquin, pack clearly visible

Model 50 update

Canvas is on, and soaked with preservative. Next is filler and rails, then paint. Paddling next spring.
|Colour will be Epifanes #72 Green

Temagami Special Resto update

The boat is stripped, next up are the rail end repairs, oiling and varnishing and re canvas. A few surprises turned up during the teardown as well.

 The boat is built with copper tacks, unusual for 1946 as canoe factories had long turned to brass for tacks. The earliest boats are built with copper, very hard to locate these days. Possibly during the war old stocks were used up, or production had shifted to copper with brass being used for the war effort

Keel and stembands off, canvas is next

Nice recanvas done 20 years ago by the new owner of the |Temagami |Canoe |Co, John Kilbridge

Canvas was in fair shape, but outer rails were rotted, and stem and inner gunwale tips need replacing along with stripping and revarnishing.

 Peeling it back

Bare hull

Various plank repairs, along with 3 new ribs at the last canvassing

Old skin

Having once worked for the Peterborough Canoe company, the influence is seen when next to a '30s Peterborough cruiser, both 16 footers.

 Period logos are similar as well

Logo reproduced for the restoration

As the boat was well looked after, there appeared to be no more varnish applied than when built, making for an easy strip.

Stripper washed out with hot water and TSP to dislodge the remaining bits of varnish and stripper, and to lighten up the wood.

Butternut decks, front one has decal image shadow

 Initials and name of original owner, appears to have been put there by Smith back when he built the boat for him in 1946. This boat lived its life at the cottage in Temagami until this summer, when were privileged to acquire it. Overall it was in great shape, due in part to the solid build quality

Tips to be replaced.  Bill used red pine, and John gave us 2 pieces with enough material to splice in new tips.

  Tung oil after sanding, pine rails

Stripped boat, waiting for oil and varnish and minor repairs

Old canvas

 Back in the shop for finishing

More to come