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Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by monkitoucher, Jul 30, 2019.

  1. monkitoucher

    monkitoucher Canoe Curious

    I picked up 18 clear western red cedar 2X4s that are 9' long for $300. I have 7 rough clear eastern white 1X6s that are a shade under 9'. I also have a set of spruce rails that were about 15' long. Shoot I even have a set of thwarts.

    I was wondering what I could build with that. I was thinking about doing a 10 to 15 foot pack canoe. I'm not a big fan of the shape of the peapod. I kind of want a bit of recurve on the rails as they come into the decks. But not too much like with the Bob's Special.

    Any suggestions?
  2. Norm Hein

    Norm Hein Canoe Codger

    What about the 15' Cheemaun ?
  3. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

  4. K90

    K90 Curious about Wooden Canoes

    I know it doesn’t fit your description but I have a form for a Atkinson Traveler in south Denver if you want to use it. Can’t speak to whether it would be enough lumber.
  5. OP

    monkitoucher Canoe Curious

    @K90 that is really generous. I already have two 17 footers. That form makes a pretty canoe though. The Cheemaun with thinned ribs may be the ticket.
    Norm Hein likes this.
  6. Andre Cloutier

    Andre Cloutier Firestarter. Wicked Firestarter.

    Chestnut Fox, set up for solo work. I'm guessing you are building traditional, not stripper?
  7. MGC

    MGC Paddlephile

    Aptly named, paddled tandem mine will put you in the drink in the blink of an eye...tis way tender.
    Solo it's about as good as it gets...but the Cheemaun...that's a fine boat. It's nice to have choices.
  8. samb

    samb LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Cheemaun set up as a solo is a lovely boat to paddle 030_zps69f5ecdb.jpg
  9. samb

    samb LOVES Wooden Canoes is a chestnut Fox /Playmate

  10. OP

    monkitoucher Canoe Curious

    Both are charmers. Any pros and cons for either? I have the plans for the Cheemaun in "The Wood & Canvas Canoe" book.
  11. samb

    samb LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Both are great boats. The cheemaun turns really well, the chestnut turns well. The chestnut is easier (but not much) in a straight line. The chaamaun is a bit bigger for tripping, the chestnut is lighter. Building wise, I think I might be more traditional with the chestnut - using the same materials they did, whereas with the cheemaun I really like the Black walnut against the sapele and ash gunnels.
    As with all wooden canoes they all have pros and cons. I'm about to move house so need to pass on some boats. I've decided the cheemaun is the one to go.
    I don't think you'd be disappointed with either.


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