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Is this a Huron?

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by James333, Jun 22, 2020.

  1. James333

    James333 Curious about Wooden Canoes

    I just purchased this and am going to have it recanvassed.
     

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  2. davelanthier

    davelanthier Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

    Welcome James. Did you buy it on Vancouver Island? Yes, it is a Huron, either 13.5' or 14.5'. True Huron canoes are quite easy to identify. All have a strip of wood nailed to and along the top, full length of the inwales. Seats are Babiche , stern seat mounted well back and directly to the inwales, bow seat has horizontal spacers on each side. Decks are thick, heart shaped , usually Maple. Inwales end into decks rather than to the canoe tips. All seat and thwart 3/16" bolts are slotted counter sunk style which are hidden by the inwale top cap strip. Up to 1/4" gaps often found between White Cedar planking strips due to green lumber used. NOTE: The planking and ribs are slightly thicker than other Canadian canoes. This creates a problem with many of the clinching tacks coming loose with use. Carefully check and REPLACE any proud tacks before re-canvasing. This could easily amount to a day and hundreds of tacks but must be done.
     
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    James333

    James333 Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Ty for your reply. Yes I got it from the island. Appears to be in not bad shape.
     
  4. Gary

    Gary Canoe Grampa

    Hi James, you have a Huron canoe as far as I can see. I just finished restoring a 15' 6" Huron for a friend this Spring. Dave has done a great job in describing them so I wont go further. His comment regarding the tacks showing proud is justified I spent quite a bit of time re-tacking a number of heads and adding new ones where needed and after filling and painting the canvas sure enough there were ones I'd missed. These canoes are built with whatever materials were handy so may not be compared to those with mahogany trim etc but they are always described as being great to paddle. Very worth your while to put some time into it, you'll have a great little canoe when your done. Here is a shot of the one I did, let me know if you've any questions as you go?
    Gary
     

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    James333

    James333 Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Ty Gary. That’s a beautiful job.
     
  6. davelanthier

    davelanthier Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

    James, I have several restored canoes available, with lots of pictures, for adoption at www.usedkamloops.com [ search "canoe" ] if you would like to compare the differences between your un-restored Huron and the likes of Chestnut, Peterborough, Huron and Faber.
     
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    James333

    James333 Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Beautiful canoes. You think mine is in decent restorable shape? I’m probably going to have this done by someone.
     

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