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Original owner 1938-39 Old Town Canoe, Serial # 120782 17

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by BB767, Jan 22, 2016.

  1. OP
    OP
    BB767

    BB767 Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Which 2 Cars?

    I'd be happy to Dan but I'm not sure which 2 cars you're referring to. I have several at the shop and in the barn.

    Thomas
     
  2. Dan Lindberg

    Dan Lindberg Ex Wood Hoarder

    I missed some?

    I did see the back ends of a '65 or '66 Nova and '61 to '67 Vette.

    Dan
     
  3. JClearwater

    JClearwater Wooden Canoe Maniac

    I thought it is interesting to note that the seat cane pattern visible in the pics in post #9 is not the standard seven step pattern most often encountered. It has double diagonal cane going each way when single strand is the norm. I presume that was a special order from Old Town but maybe not. This of course assumes that the seat cane was not replaced at some point in the last 70 years.

    Great canoe and great family history with it.

    Jim
     
  4. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    There appears to have been a lot of variation in seat cane patterns during this period as shown in the examples below (and there is no way to easily distinguish original cane from a replacement).

    Benson
     

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  5. OP
    OP
    BB767

    BB767 Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Original Cane Seat Pictures

    In light of the seat caning differences Benson, I took several close up pictures of the seats in Dad's canoe you might find helpful. The pictures of underside of the seats was done in the blind. That is, I just put the camera under the seat, pointed it toward the underside of the seat and shot without being able to see in the view finder. Didn't know if seeing under the seats would be helpful. The first 3 pictures are of the bow seat and the last 3 are of the stern seat. You can see there is a tremendous amount of dust clinging to the underside of the seats. That's from the recent many years of the canoe being stored up side down without use, allowing dust to settle on the under surfaces. The whole canoe needs a thorough and complete cleaning.

    As to the question of the originality of the seats, I generally can start to remember using the canoe in the late 1950's when the canoe was only about 20 years old. Dad would caution us to remove anything hard or sharp from our back pockets before sitting down, so we wouldn't damage the seat. He was always very proud of its originality and stressed that into us. Today I still use several Delta wood working machines he bought new in the 1930's and '40's that sport their original paint, decals and electric motors. They are all in excellent working and physical condition. He was a very careful and meticulous man.

    Thank you once more Benson for all your kind assistance. Thomas
     

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  6. OP
    OP
    BB767

    BB767 Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Shop Restoration Link

    Dan, that link I posted in posts #3 & #7 of this thread are about my shop restoration project and is for a thread that contains 457 pages of material about my work. I continue to post about various projects so the page count continues to grow. You just saw the first page of that thread. Take a look at some of the following pages in that thread for additional material and cars. I think you'll find it's something fairly unique and fun. Enjoy.

    BTW you are correct, seen are a '66 L-79 Chevy II and a '66 Corvette convertible.

    Thomas
     
  7. OP
    OP
    BB767

    BB767 Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Comparing Cane Seat Patterns

    Benson, for what it's worth, when doing a close comparison of the 4th picture of a stern seat you posted...

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    ...with the stern seat on Dad's...

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    ...they both look to be identical patterns. Possibly even done by the same person.

    Thomas
     
  8. Dan Lindberg

    Dan Lindberg Ex Wood Hoarder

    Thomas,

    457 pages????? Ya, I only looked at the 1st page.
    I did go back and look at the last few pages, looks like you have some interesting adventures.
    With that wood shop, do you ever spend any time on the OWWM sites?

    Dan
     
  9. OP
    OP
    BB767

    BB767 Curious about Wooden Canoes


    I have been from time to time but not lately. Moving and getting our retirement house built has been keeping off that site but I'll get back to it.
    Here are a few of our machines. I did the restoration on the Yates American 18" planer and Y-A 16" jointer 35 years ago in 1980. Dads oldest Delta machine is from 1932. He really taught me the old stuff was the best. The newest machine in the shop is 1960's. Wood working and canoes go hand in hand.

    Thomas
     

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  10. Dan Lindberg

    Dan Lindberg Ex Wood Hoarder

    Nice machines, I really like those Y/A's. I had a Y/A W16 for a while but passed in on to get a 20.

    Dan
     

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