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Norumbega Ribbing Event

Discussion in 'Wooden Canoe Events' started by Steve Lapey, Jan 13, 2006.

  1. Steve Lapey

    Steve Lapey LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Tomorrow, January 14th, 2006, a few Norumbega Chapter members will be gathering at Steve Lapey's workshop in Groveland, MA to partake in ribbing up a new canoe on the 16 foot form. Any other WCHAers in the area are welcome to drop by to get some hands-on experience in steam bending ribs. We will be firing up the steam box at about 9:30 am. Give me a call at 978 374 1104 for driving instructions.
  2. Fitz

    Fitz Wooden Canoes are in the Blood


    Here are a few photos of the ribbing event. My son Brendan was chief photographer (age 7). I'll let Steve elaborate on the canoe and form, but a very good way to spend a rainy Saturday morning in January.

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  3. OP
    Steve Lapey

    Steve Lapey LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Norumbega Ribbing

    Many thanks to Norumbega members John and Brendan Fitzgerald, Tom Heys and Frank Repensek who came and helped rib up the new canoe.
    This will be serial number 2 off of this mold. It will be 16 feet long, 31 inches wide and 12 inches deep, the lines were taken off a Peterborough cedar strip and it makes a very nice solo tripping canoe. Number one came out at almost seventy pounds - my fault, for various reasons- but I am aiming for closer to sixty pounds for this one. Next it will be time for planking it up.
  4. robin

    robin LOVES Wooden Canoes

    A little info on your shop please

    Hi Steve, I would have liked to make it to the ribbing, looks like a good time and I love donuts...sorry I missed it.
    Nice pics Bredan, nice steady hand there.
    Steve, is your shop an independent structure, like a shed? From the pictures, it looked like it. I'm trying to come up with a shed idea to work on canoes, along with some gear storage, maybe canoe storage etc. I have a nice shed for lawn/garden stuff, but a seperate shed to work on canoes would be great, the garage thing is a pain. Any info would be helpful.

  5. Tom Heys

    Tom Heys Paddler/Downwind Sailer

    Robin, I know that Steve isn't a frequent contributor to the forum, so.... in his absence... His shop is free-standing. I think he said it was originally an 8 by 10 garden shed to which he added a 12 by 16 (or maybe 18) structure. He's got electricity and heat, and it's a great size for building a canoe. we had a fun time on Saturday. I learned quite a bit about the process and I look forward to the progress of, and perhaps contributing to, Steve's new canoe. Regards, Tom Heys

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