Hello to all the knowledgeable folks on this forum. The information you're all willing to share with a world of would-be canoe restorers is really gratifying to read...and I've been reading a lot lately since I'm about to embark on my first restoration project; a 16' Old Town, HW model, CS Grade canoe. She's in pretty rough shape but not nearly as bad as some projects I've seen on his forum so I'm feeling somewhat confident that I'll be able to pull it off. I'm pretty sure this will be my first post of many as this project progresses. The restoration will include new gunwales (inner/outer), new stems (not sure yet if full or partial), new decks, many new rib tips (the full ribs are actually in very good shape), new planking at stems and along the shear. The remaining hull planking is in very good shape except for only few isolated cracks. I figured between 70 to 80 lineal feet of new planking. And of course new canvas and finishing. My first question is about cleaning the interior before diving into repairs. There is no evidence of any existing shellac or varnish but the wood is extremely dark/discolored. I plan on washing the interior with a mild TSP solution (to remove the heavy grim) and then after rinsing, follow up with a two-part teak cleaner for the final cleaning and to restore the natural cedar coloring. Is this an acceptable approach or do I risk damaging the wood? Then, while the canoe is drying out, I'll tackle making forms for the replacement inwales (which will likely be my next post). Thank you in advance for any and all replies.