The rib bands on the new Prospector form are getting a work out as 2500 tacks for each canoe we build get hammered into them. We are on our sixth prospector this winter and have a few more to go.
With 5 Penn Yans going on in the shop at once, we sometimes feel like we are in Penn Yan-mania.
The cedar pile is getting shorter and shorter every week. Since September almost 1000 rough sawn board feet of cedar have been turned into new canoes or replacement parts for restorations.
We just completed our second new canoe building form for this year, we can't seem to keep enough white oak stacked in the lumber shed, the steamer puffs away daily, Our second canoe building class just finished up, and the chisels and plane irons hit the wet stones every week. All good signs of a busy canoe builders shop. We're loving it!
Here are some pictures.
Yes, this is an odd way of doing it that creates more work,
but it is rather ingenious and the system works well.
so the saying goes....
to receive the transom rib is cut along the outer edge.
The mortise is the center square portion that has been removed on the bottom.
The white piece of wood on the right is the simulated transom.
Now, if it could only grow arms and varnish its' self....
Warning! If you are not Penn Yan obsessed, this section may not be for you
maybe you might just become Penn Yan obessed....
Yes, all those light colored ribs are new replacement ribs.
Hey, where did all those new ribs go?
For such a small boat there sure are a lot of fasteners.
There are close to 200 nuts and bolts on this boat and that again in screws.
And, they are all frearson (R&P) - a canoe builders favorite
(Yes, I am being mildly facetious).
All kidding aside, we do have a soft spot for Penn Yan's.
Yes, that's a Penn Yan canoe on the right.
They did an amazing job!
She loves the snow as much as we do!