Monday, 9 October 2017

Temagami Special Restoration begun

A beautiful October day for a visit to the birthplace of the canoe whose restoration we're beginning. Built here in 1946 by Bill Smith who put this building up in the early 30s, its a wonderful time capsule of the canoe building that took place for decades, and is carried on today by John.

Substantial restoration on a 1930s canoe.

As collected from the son of the original owner, and worked on years ago by John

Deck detail, painter ring and ghost of decal. We've had the decal reproduced to finish off the restoration when its complete

Thwarts show longer ends, similar to Chestnut and Peterborough 

Chestnut style deck with nice crown. Looks like butternut, will know for sure after stripping. 

Rot to be repaired on stern end. Smith used red pine for gunwales, we got enough from John to splice in sections to be repaired. 

Stem joint as done by Smith

 Pulling tacks from stems

Minor repairs from previous work

Canvas off

 Canvas off ready for chemical stripping

Update to follow...

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Model 50 almost done

Building seats. Sitting for so many years in the weather, we made new seats, thwarts and decks, all out of ambrosia (wormy) maple


Varnish going back

 Period correct shield logo

Not too much wind makes learning to solo easier.

J stroke mastered

Another solo outing, Muskoka River

Decal is on

I hate golf, but  tees are great for plugging screw holes in gunwales

All thats left are new cant rib tops, small amount of planking to go on and its ready for canvas

A project for Grade 7s and 8s - introduction to boatbuilding

 Our oldest started high school this year, after having some great teachers for 7 and 8.  We were approached to help get a new club going for the kids, run by the science/shop teacher. It seems the tech/shop class is under attack by the school board and the gov't, first cutting cords to the machinery and finally reducing the available projects to hand tools only. Still the teacher perseveres, and we've provided a 14' stripper form for solo paddling, which we'll tackle next semester. For this fall, we'll be assisting while the kids tackle a stitch and glue paddling and sailing canoe. Rewarding for me, and the required volunteer hours necessary before graduation from high school for our oldest.

A nice strip building form, donated by a retired teacher who was anxious to see kids build on it, after sitting for so many years.

On its way home

Quick stop for some New Orleans pizza, we're definitely in small town Ontario

Materials for this boat are more costly, requiring clear stock at least 15' long, and to be milled. Some hard core scrounging has turned some up, but it wont be ready till later in the fall. It will be a heck of a project for the second half of the school year.

Bead and cove strips for stripper construction

Underway on a form

 Stripper boat, painted exterior hull

Epoxy, fillers, glass tape and copper wire for stitching hull panels together

Plans set from Lost in the Woods Boatworks in Parry Sound, from back when they supplied plans, kits and completed boats.

Hull set up for sailing

Plan hull makes a great paddler

Set for sailing with a centerboard

Panel shapes cut out

Assembled hull

Copper wire stitches holding panels together

Bright finished, varnished hull rather than paint.

When mentioned to the kids and asked who would be interested, all 32 potential participants stepped up and wanted in. This will be the perfect opportunity to get them involved in creating something that in this day and age seems so far removed from public schools. Shop class, industrial arts, whatever you want to call it, used to be fantastic. Torches, lathes, power tools, metal and woodworking were all part of the experience. Increasingly kids aspire to buy things, hopefully this sets a few on the path of aspiring to build things.