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.