I'm just starting to look at a canoe I picked up a few years ago that's been identified by WCHA'ers as a Huron. Note the arrow-head deck. My question is: how were the outside stem areas treated on these things? As you can see from the pics the stems are quite blunt shaped and are sort of roughly sanded to a round profile. Were stem bands used? - I don't see screw holes for them but I'm guessing they had had to have been there. If so, were they the 3/8" wide stuff available today or something wider? 3/8" seems too small/narrow for this... I'm thinking of making an external stem to bring the end to a sharp profile. Guess I'd cover it with canvas - not sure the canoe is worth the effort of a varnished external stem. Thoughts?