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Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Dave Osborn, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. Dave Osborn

    Dave Osborn LIFE MEMBER

    There was a company that made wood canvas canoes, duck boats, rowboats, and strip built boats, as well. Can you tell by the (expletive) rusty screws who it is???

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  2. Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

    I've pulled my share of those out of Thompsons... this year's featured builder at Assembly!
  3. Dave Wermuth

    Dave Wermuth Who hid my paddle?

    I would make a guess that it's Shell Lake. Did I win?
  4. martin ferwerda

    martin ferwerda LOVES Wooden Canoes

    I'm with Dan, Thompson...
  5. Grandlaker

    Grandlaker Builder & Restorer

    Looks just like the screws I took out of A 1977 Chestnut I restored last winter
    except your missing the steel carriage bolts !!!!!!!!!!
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  6. OP
    Dave Osborn

    Dave Osborn LIFE MEMBER

    The only steel I've seen on Thompson canoes are the finish nails in the outwales. Otherwise the keel and gunwale screws have all been brass on boats as well as canoes.

    Dave Wermuth is right.... Shell Lake. They are from a Snipe canvas covered rowboat with a "canoe" bow.
    Of the steel screws that held the keel and spray rails on,.....nearly 50, only two backed out without being pulled with a prybar or broken off.
  7. Dave Wermuth

    Dave Wermuth Who hid my paddle?

    Proving the old adage that even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in a while. Here's a photo of how I came to that guess.

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  8. Kathryn Klos

    Kathryn Klos squirrel whisperer

    Let me guess at the prize in this contest...

    A bucket of rusty screws?

    A blind squirrel?
  9. thompsonboatboy

    thompsonboatboy LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Scrap steel prices are fairly high. I'll take the bucket of rusty stuff and sell it! he he he

    How do the fasteners of Rhinelander and Hayward and other northern Wisconsin watercraft builders compare?

  10. OP
    Dave Osborn

    Dave Osborn LIFE MEMBER

    The Rhinelander boats I've worked on had galvanized steel fasteners and have been relatively easy to remove. As I mentioned, Shell Lake's are a different story....both boats and canoes were a genuine PITA.
    I've worked on a couple Peterson Bros. and I recall steel there, too. The only Tomahawk boat I ever worked on was a replica and it was brass.
    The Thompson's I've worked on have been brass, with the exception of the nails. It seems to me that on Thompson rowboats they were assembled by nailing, then screws were installed. It's the only reason I can figure that you find a bunch of small nails in Thompson boats. Thompson canoe have been all brass except for the steel finishing nails throug the gunwales.
  11. thompsonboatboy

    thompsonboatboy LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Thompson Bros. Boat at Peshtigo did nail components together first. They got components steam bent and slapped together and put in place, drove a quick nail in and continued to the next piece. Afterwards they came back and screwed and bolted things to each other. They continued this practice until 1969 when they ceased making wooden watercraft.


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