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Indian Girl

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by fred capenos, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. Fitz

    Fitz Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

    Pesky blister

    I really like a couple of coats of shellac as a sealer and haven't had much in the way of problems, but I do have one canoe I used shellac on under varnish and there is a pesky blister in one spot. It may have originally developed in the sun. Alternatively, there may be some sort of contamination in the finish (I hear you should use de-waxed shellac under varnish), but I keep removing the blister, cleaning it with solvents, sanding and revarnishing only to have the blister return, and only in one spot.
  2. Andy Hutyera

    Andy Hutyera The Red Canoe Guy


    Great job as usual. Can't wait to see it in person!

  3. OP
    fred capenos

    fred capenos Canoe Pilot


    One other important thing that I forgot to mention when using Shellac as a base. IT MUST BE CUT ONE TO ONE WITH LACQUER THINNER. It is anhydrous and will go cloudy when in contact with water if used straight out of the can. This is mentioned in the Kettle River article. Also, the bare wood is oiled before the Shellac is put down. Fred
  4. Dave Wermuth

    Dave Wermuth Who hid my paddle?

    Hi Fred

    Where can I see the Kettle River article. This is very interesting. I have seen flakes at the Woodcraft store. Is it fair to assume that shellac does not go on the outside of the bare hull before canvas?
  5. OP
    fred capenos

    fred capenos Canoe Pilot

  6. Jan Bloom

    Jan Bloom LOVES Wooden Canoes

    I do not use steel wool but rather those 3M scrubbing pads or brass wool. No steel left behind to rust.
  7. Nutkin

    Nutkin Canoodler

    I've used shellac for years and never knew you could cut it with lacquer thinner! Great tip.
  8. thirsty

    thirsty #8111

    How did feel?


    I would have really enjoyed watching you launch your IG this weekend. I have often thought of you this past week, and your anticipation of her relaunch. How did it feel? Did you hyperventilate? Don't tell us it was like paddling "just another canoe". It must have been exhilarating.

  9. OP
    fred capenos

    fred capenos Canoe Pilot


    We haven't been ignoring you Dave, and thank you for all the interest. (we had to re-learn how to post pictures on the forum).
    We launched the Indian Girl Saturday evening after dinner. We asked friends Bert and Judy Martin to come along to take the pictures, then asked a fisherman's daughter to take a shot of both of us. They are attached.
    We have only paddled a few canoes since we started five years ago, so we didn't have a lot to compare the IG with. Not knowing what to expect, we were surprised to find her so easy to move through the water. Aleta and I have always worked hard to keep up with the Martins' and others in our chapter. Not any more. Three other members paddeled her, and all agreed that we have a very sweet canoe. I believe the compliments were all sincere.
    Our annual meeting is this weekend. Weather permitting, I hope others will paddle her and give me more feedback.

    Later, Fred

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  10. Kathryn Klos

    Kathryn Klos squirrel whisperer

    Beautiful pictures of a beautiful canoe--- glad she lives up to her reputation! We'd love to get our IG onto the water!

  11. Dave Wermuth

    Dave Wermuth Who hid my paddle?


    If I applied myself I could conceivably get mine done by next year. But the Scout, the two Hw's and other things would be neglected.

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