Monday, January 12, 2015

Shop updates 1-12-2015

We are often asked if we have enough work to keep us busy through the winter.  The answer is yes and then some.  We keep very busy year round but winter is usually one of our busiest times of the year - come spring and early summer is when everyone wants their canoes and boats. .

Work continues to go apace in the shop.  The sailing dinghy has moved along nicely, the Peterborough Admiral is finished, and other canoes and boats continue to be progressed forward.  We had several canoes which required inner gunwales to be replaced and lots of outer stems too.

We tore up our dust collection system, updated and moved it, and added some new machines.  The dust collector is now on the shop level and has a dust transfer component to it so we no longer have to handle the dust and shavings.

1930's OLD TOWN DINGHY continued
The new inner keel was steam bent on a jig. 
Here Emily has the keel removed and is
planning the rolling bevel on the underside.
More planning
The slot or mortise for the centerboard trunk is cut out
with a coping saw and finish with a chisel.
Test fitting the inner keel
Looks pretty good
Now that the inner keel is fastened in,
it is time for the inner stem.
First order of business is to make a pattern
so we can make an accurate jig for bending.
The new stem bent on the jig
The new blank next to the old stem
The bevel on the stem is put on completely by hand with a draw knife.
Above Dylan carefully shapes the rolling bevel along the sides
of the stem.
A view from the operators seat

Once the bevel has been established
the rib notches are cut with hand saw.....
......and chisel.
The new stem and inner keel installed.

Now that the new inner keel is made and installed
we can shift our attention to a new centerboard trunk.
Test fitting the trunk.
Before final assembly the trunk is sealed off on the inside.

Next is to make the floor boards.
Above, floor board stock awaiting.
Floorboards being laid out.

The dinghy with new inner gunwales, new inner keel,
new inner stem, replaced ribs and planking,
new centerboard trunk,and new floor boards. 
Ready for the finish room for some varnish.

We tore up part of the shop and updated the dust
collection system.  It looked like a bomb went off
for a few weeks.....
....but is up and running and working like a charm.
It kind of looks like Dr. Octopus from Spider-Man
 but there is no more handling the dust, shavings, wood chips.
The dust is sucked up at each machine, goes through the cyclone,
and drops through a rotary airlock into a transfer blower
that blows the dust into a huge 14x8x8 bin.
Two Old Town's getting their inner gunwales replaced.
One with Mahogany, the other spruce.

Ribs being bent around the hull for replacement.
A look at the damaged interior of the Brodbeck.
The ribs marked with blue indicate those that
are damaged and will be replaced.
An Old Town ready for the finish room - new inner gunwales,
a dozen new ribs, some planking, rebuilt ends, etc.
An interesting project we were commissioned for.
A set of Adirondack chairs built to our own design.
More on this later, perhaps in its' own post, but for now
here is the new workbench we are working on. 
It will be a traditional cabinet makers bench with tail vise
and front vise.  The top is made from4 inch thick solid maple. 
The base will be solid hard maple mortised and tenoned together.
Here the underside is being flattened by hand.
The Admiral is finished,wrapped, and in storage for the winter.
We'll put up some finished pictures in the spring.

Until the next post, if we don't see you through the week
we'll see you through window.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Current Projects and Shop Updates 11-17-2014

We have some very exciting projects going on in the shop.  We are working on a sweet 1929 all wood cedar strip Peterborough Admiral, a nice range of Old Town Canoe Company canoes that include canoes from 1905, 1917, 1920's, 1930's, 1940's, 1950's, and 1960's, a couple Boston canoes from the Charles River including a Brodbeck, some Chestnut's, a sailing dinghy, a double ender, and of course a slew of new canoes.

Our business continues to grow and we are currently doing work for customers all over the country  from states such as Texas, California, Illinois, Vermont, Utah, Connecticut, and of course Massachusetts. We are very excited about this.

If you are thinking of having your canoe or boat restored, a new canoe made just for you, or would like to come build your own canoe we would love to hear from you.  Just give us a call or ping us an email.  It's that easy!

Here are some of the projects we are working on

A nice grade AA Old Town from the 20's
This one had seen some work in the past.
Notice how the scrafs on the inner gunwales are cut.
Here is another look at the scrafs
They really shouldn't be cut like this.
They should be cut like this, with the scarf angling in towards the deck.
It is a little more difficult to execute but this pins the new wood between
the inner gunwale and the deck making a stronger joint.
A look at the interior as it is being varnished.
A 16 foot Old Town Double Ended Rowboat
On the left is an amazing 1905 Old Town
The right is an equally nice 1952 Old Town
Emily starting to take apart a Brodbeck canoe.
Brodbeck was a Boston, Massachusetts builder.
This canoe, along with other Brodbeck's we have worked on
are about the best built canoes we have ever seen.
Another Charles River canoe.
This one a long decked courting canoe by Waltham 
This is a Peterborough Admiral
built by The Peterborough Canoe Company.
What a boat!
To see several more pictures of the restoration click here
A view from inside the shop
Another view
More canoes coming in the shop

A Penn Yan cartopper getting canvassed. 
This marks at least one Penn Yan a year being restored by
us for more than the past 15 consecutive years, with as many as 7 in one year.

An Old Town sailing dinghy
This one will require much work to get it back on the water.
It took several paint baths over the years.  The last being red. 
Once stripped out, the first order of business
is to replace the badly broken inner gunwales.
Here Emily works on fastening in the new steam bent
mahogany gunwales
The sheer is now nice and fair and the hull is strengthened up.
The next order of business is to replace the
rotten inner keel that houses the center board trunk.
Above Emily makes a pattern to steam bend the new keel onto.
The old inner keel is removed
Cooked with rot, the keel had run its' course
The new keel next to the old, on the work bench.
 The new keel is marked out to match the old one.
We will follow up with the new keel and more in the next post.

Parting shot:

Our pooches enjoying an early morning
while on a canoe trip in Northern Canada.