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Discussion in 'General WCHA Business' started by Benson Gray, Nov 15, 2018.

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    Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    A FROSTY MORNING LAUNCH FOR “TICONDEROGA”: Member Joseph Brown and his son Eric spent over a year restoring this 1941 Old Town HW model with serial number 130087 – what a beautiful job on their first restoration project! Launch day was November 7th and it was 27 degrees, but that did not dampen their enthusiasm for the long awaited day. “Ticonderoga” was refloated on the West Branch of the Westfield River, in Huntington, MA. Joseph says, “The time spent on this project with my son was priceless. That is the magic of wooden canoes”. #wcha #wchaorg #canoe #woodencanoeheritageassociation #woodencanoe #oldtowncanoe #westfieldriver

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    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Member Zack Smith restored this canoe between 2015 and 2019. It appears to be from C. P. Nutting in Waltham, Massachusetts on the Charles River. Nutting started on June 28th, 1884 and was making about 150 canoes annually by 1905. The removable bow seat in this one is very unusual. #wcha #wchaorg #canoe #woodencanoeheritageassociation #woodencanoe #nuttingcanoe #charlesriver

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    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    IT’S A DOG’S LIFE: Craig Johnson’s chocolate Labrador, Kofi, relaxing beneath the dogwoods in his 15 foot long, circa 1927 Kennebec at Forked Run State Park in Ohio. A good canoe dog is worth their weight in gold… or chocolate! Enjoy your paddle, Kofi. Photo by Craig Johnson. #wcha #wchaorg #canoe #woodencanoeheritageassociation #woodencanoe #kennebeccanoe #forkedrunstatepark

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    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    A NICELY RESTORED MORRIS IN THE ADIRONDACKS: A unique Adirondack boathouse, with a decidedly oriental influence, forms the backdrop for a 100+ year old Morris canoe paddled by member Chris Pearson. Chris advises that the canoe came from an Adirondack area estate, and believes the restoration work was done by member Gil Cramer. #wcha #wchaorg #canoe #woodencanoeheritageassociation #woodencanoe #morriscanoe #adirondacks

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    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    A CLASSIC CANOE ON A CLASSIC FALL DAY: Larry Pixley gunkholing along Sebasticook Stream and Great Moose Lake near Hartland, Maine in his 16’ Maliseet-style birchbark canoe. The canoe was made by students at a 2013 workshop taught by member-builder Steve Cayard. Aside from birchbark, the canoe is made of maple and cedar fastened together with red spruce roots, and sealed with pine pitch, moose fat, and bees wax. #wcha #wchaorg #canoe #woodencanoeheritageassociation #woodencanoe #birchbarkcanoe #stevecayard #sebasticookstream #greatmooselake

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    Shari Gnolek Have dog, will paddle

    Inquiring minds want to know... is "moose fat" a common birch-bark canoe sealant? Where does one buy it, or do you have to take up moose hunting as the first step of birch-bark canoe building? Could Crisco be substituted? I envision this as a floating smorgasbord for the local bears!
     
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    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Paddlers Tyson Schoelzel and Adam Kawaski enjoy the spectacular beauty of a fall afternoon on Plainfield Pond, Plainfield, Mass. The canoes are both 17’ Chicots (pronounced shee-koh), built by the paddlers at Salmon Falls Canoe, under the direction of Dylan and Emily Schoelzel. #wcha #wchaorg #canoe #woodencanoeheritageassociation #woodencanoe #plainfieldpond #salmonfallscanoe

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    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Many canoe builders made small models for display and marketing purposes. Auctioneers occasionally call them 'salesman samples' although they don't appear to have ever been used in that way. Frequently these are found today in very bad condition due to hard use as children's toys or poorly executed attempts to repaint and repair them. Member Roger Young has seen many of these and the attached pictures document his restoration of a five foot long Kennebec from the late teens. It had been covered with light green house paint so the first step was to remove this paint using a sharp jackknife tediously and carefully drawn broadside along the hull. This revealed the original factory-issue appearance of green one side, red the other, and large block gold leaf lettering “KENNEBEC” along its gunwales. This became the basis of a very careful restoration. #wcha #wchaorg #canoe #woodencanoeheritageassociation #woodencanoe #kennebeccanoe #modelcanoe

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