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Our First Old Town

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by Kathryn Klos, Sep 19, 2008.

  1. Howard Caplan

    Howard Caplan Wooden Canoe Maniac

    Isn't there a way to easily nueter by clipping the end of the stem? I heard with the right tool anybody can do it.
    howard
     
  2. fred capenos

    fred capenos Canoe Pilot

    sponsons

    Hi Kathryn and Denis,
    About those sponsons------. Keep them on till you are ready to restore the canoe. then take them off without removing the canvas. (make notes and mark em "port and starboard"). then but them away where they won't twist or get busted up. I finished a HW this year and it was a piece of cake. A bunch of us paddled it and it was a very nice canoe on the water. We all thought the sponsons would get in the way, but that was not the case. The only down side I can think of is the weight.(90#+). Fred
     

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    Kathryn Klos

    Kathryn Klos squirrel whisperer

    Thanks, Fred-- it looks simply beautiful!
     
  4. Dan Lindberg

    Dan Lindberg Ex Wood Hoarder

    Fred,
    very nice work.

    Denis,
    I'm not sure what the gestation period is, only that sometime when your not watching, another will appear, and another and pretty soon, there is a whole flock of OT's hanging around.

    Dan
     
  5. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    The images below might also be fun to recreate if you like old pictures of sponson canoes. The first one is identified on the back as being from 1907 with a note that says "Our Sponson Canoe built at O. T. Canoe Shop to show how many it would hold for advertising" although it does not appear to ever been used in an advertisement. The second one is from the mid-1930s and you probably even have a similar looking dog.

    Benson
     

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    Kathryn Klos

    Kathryn Klos squirrel whisperer

    Great pictures! Thanks, Benson.

    Soon we'll be picking up Our Second Old Town. It may be a "parts only" canoe... poor thing is crunched in half, up against a shed, and I couldn't get a look at the serial number... but it appears to be an HW with open gunwales and a badly done fiberglass-over-canvas.
     
  7. Canerodz

    Canerodz Trout Bum

    Kathy and Denis,

    You even have the dog to put in the canoe to match the second picture!
     
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    Kathryn Klos

    Kathryn Klos squirrel whisperer

    Also...

    That number-four design looks nice on a sponson canoe.
     
  9. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Yes, that picture is very exciting to me because it clearly shows how the design number four transitions over the end of the sponson rail to the end of the outside gunwale at the tips. The canoe shown at http://forums.wcha.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=1665&d=1151334414 has been restored as shown below but still lacks the design number four because of my struggle with this. It is time to erase all of my old pencil marks and start again now that I have a much better pattern to work from.

    I am also glad to hear that your Old Town canoes are already reproducing.

    Benson
     

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  10. Dan Lindberg

    Dan Lindberg Ex Wood Hoarder

    Yes, the OT reproduction sure didn't take very long. :)

    Dan
     

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