Monday, July 12, 2010
I tried last week to find Susan. I learned from the Welch High School website that she has died. Her obituary from Apache Junction, AZ., indicates that she died on November 12, 2007. I had to compose myself. See, I wanted to find Susan and have her take me for a ride in her canoe. I found one of her children (Emily Pike). She lives in Lexington. I hope to have Emily or one of her children to ride in Susan's canoe soon!
On the Camp Allegheny website, you can click on their history section and look over photographs that were taken from when the camp got its start back in 1922 to current photos. I wonder if Susan is in any of those black and white classic photos? I want to think so.
You see, a canoe is not just a boat. It is the thing which connects an individual to wilderness. Canoes seem to be a seemless connection which enables us to explore lakes and streams. I remember when I first began working on "Susan" - the canoe - the brass nails seemed to slide out of the hull as if they were helping me to put her back on the water. The longer you are in a canoe you become part of the canoe.
So, Susan Chapman Dalton, we paddle your canoe to feel your connection you once had with wild places. Your canoe which once gave you great pleasure is now bringing pleasure to others. Thank you for sharing!
Friday, December 4, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Once both are on, I will do the soak and steam bend technique. Not looking forward to that! If I pop these two I may have to go with a softer wood. The ash I put on my other boat bent easier than this!
So, another waiting game. The good thing is, once the outwales are on all that is left is installing the seats, handles, thwarts and stem-band. All that has pre-drilled holes and are setting ready to go at a moments notice. That part will not take but about an hour. Its these outwales which are holding up progress!
Monday, September 7, 2009
Anyway, the keel and primer are on!!!!!
Friday, August 7, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Stretching the canvas between two trees with a come-along
I tacked and Charlie stretched
Charlie stretching the canvas while under the boat....this was difficult!
Giggle Giggle Giggle ....it worked!
Monday, July 6, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
So, when you think God is quiet, not saying a word, has forgotten about you or things just don't seem to be going the way you had hoped, why not ask God to sand you with 220 grit sandpaper (his shaping) and recoat you with His spirit. YOU WILL SHINE!
My hope is to have the canvas on the boat and the filler on by Saturday night the 11th. That way it can cure for the two weeks while I am on vacation. Two weeks after that we can paint! Yehaw!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
A BIG difference between the older (55 year old wood) and the new ribs and planks. I did not realize the oil would make the lighter wood turn dark. But...its OK!
Close up of the two woods after the oil was applied
My home brew...one part linseed oil and one part turpentine being heated over our stove. Joy just rolls her eyes. I am used to it!
Oh well! She is STILL a beauty! I used just under a gallon of the mixture and saturated the wood on both the inside and outside. It will probably be dried by the first or second week of May. Until then I have to prepare my canvas stretching system and give it a test run.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Anyhow, the canoe is completely stripped of the old 50 year old varnish! Yesterday I gave it one more going over and then washed out all the residue. After that I gave it it's bleach water bath and my goodness how pretty!
Right now its sitting outside in the sun drying out. I will sand any damages areas from all the scraping and the outside hull this week and hopefully get the linseed oil on it this weekend. I want to do that inside and out. It must dry for about three weeks.
After the linseed oil I will varnish the inside and get that all looking good. That puts me at May 1 to begin the varnish. The varnish will require several coats and in between sanding and varnish, sanding and varnish, etc. Once varnished then I will flip the boat and put on the CANVAS! If I can get the canvas on that week I can then put the filler on and let it set (cure) until about the middle of June. With all this said I want to delver the canoe before I go on my summer vacation in the middle of July.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
The directions state to let the stripper work for about 45 minutes. We found that the varnish came off better when the chemical was at work for only about 10 minutes. After that the evaporation time was FAST!
That silly Charlie! He thought HE was supposed to strip! Isn't the English language funny?! We were "punny" all afternoon with stripping (the canoe). Anyway...we just KNOW that under all that old varnish there is beautiful wood. The chemicals had to be bought, thick rubber gloves were used, scraping tools and metal brushes were "the ticket" to removing the goo. Under the layer of varnish we found beautiful cedar boards and ribs.
Its like a person who needs to be restored! With a patient friend, counselor or relative the restorer helps to remove all the dark, thick, ugly outside layers sometimes easy and most of the time difficult. The "sludge" of their life is scrapped away revealing a person who underneath it all, shines! If we are not patient we can get into a hurry and gouge, remove more than is necessary and actually damage the person...just like we did when we remove canoe varnish without a careful touch.
I am glad Jesus Christ removed my ugly, damaged, dried out layers of sin. Now I can shine!
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
As you can see the new ribs are very light in color while the old planking and ribs are dark. Would you believe that when this canoe was shipped to its owner, it was about the shade of the new planking you can see between the new ribs. Well, next will be STRIPPING THE VARNISH...oh joy!
Here is a bent rib just off the hull ready for installation.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
I just finished with the bow deck and tips. I sanded it down really smooth and applied linseed oil. The piece of mahogany I used for the deck tip reconstruction is unfortunately a shade or two lighter than the original. I may try to stain it darker or just leave it. Doesn't that mahogany look beautiful!? The tips were broken off and dry-rotted farther down and the deck tip was dry-rotted and missing the last few inches. Note the stain of the Old Towne decal on the original! Just think, that was put on there 54 years ago. Now I will add a small piece of planking to each side and that will be finished. I hope to get my boiler set up this week and bend those ribs. All is ready!
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Here are the six ribs lying on the canoe where I will be bending them. I will boil the cedar ribs in a rain gutter and quickly bend them over the outside of the canoe clamping them to the rails. I will let them dry for about three days and then I will take them off the hull and turn the boat over where I will finally install them inside the boat.
Here is the bow inwale tips being replaced. Since they were rotten and broken I had to replace them. I used pieces of the old outwale rather than using new wood. I wanted to use as much of the original wood as possible. The deck plate was also created and it is sitting in a clamp as the epoxy is drying as well. I had to make a new tip for it as well since it was also broken and rotten.
Next....I will put the deck, inwales and stem all together as one unit as I did the stern. Cross your fingers.