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Seliga Canoe

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by Craig Johnson, Jan 14, 2020.

  1. Craig Johnson

    Craig Johnson LOVES Wooden Canoes

    I am moving this thread out of the serial number section.
    When I agreed to take on this project I didn't realize Joe used 6" wide western red cedar for the period of time in which it was built. So serendipity but several years ago I connected with an Amish sawyer to get some sassafras for paddle making. We got talking about canoes and woods used in them. Some time later he contacted me (via post card) to let me know that he had some 32' long 100+year old WRC utility poles. We cut them to 16' and I helped decide how to saw them to select out the clear stock for planking. The poles were maybe 24' diameter at the base and had unbelievably tight grain.
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    Any way, lucky for me or Mike ( the owner of the canoe) that I had this on hand. I pulled out a piece 14" wide by 2" thick and milled up some beautiful clear planking today. Have to put in the new stem and a couple of new ribs and I will be all set to plank.
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  2. Dan Lindberg

    Dan Lindberg Ex Wood Hoarder

    Nice wood.

    Craig, be sure to measure the existing planking before you plane to thickness. IIRC, the 6" that Joe used was a bit thicker than "standard thickness" planking.

    Dan
     
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2020
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    Craig Johnson

    Craig Johnson LOVES Wooden Canoes

    The book said he finished it to 5/32”. I checked several places and that’s what I came up with too. Of course that’s after sanding. It is matching up pretty well. I appreciate any tips that can keep me on track and have really enjoyed researching Joe. I never met the man but I started my interest canoeing at Charles L Sommers in 1969 so working on this canoe has special meaning for me.
     
  4. Dan Lindberg

    Dan Lindberg Ex Wood Hoarder

    Ok, as long as you checked. My '58 was thicker but he likely thinned it out at some point.
    Early on when he started using the 6", it came pre-planed to finish thickness.

    How about some pics?

    Dan
     
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    Craig Johnson

    Craig Johnson LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Off on a little trip so no progress for a while.
     

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