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Anybody wet the canvas with water after stretching?

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by Howie, Feb 23, 2019.

  1. Dave Osborn

    Dave Osborn LIFE MEMBER

    I’ve had loose canvas after filling on two occasions. Both times the canoe was canvassed during a period of high humidity.
    Once was during a heavy fog on the shore of Lake Superior and the other time it was under a tarp for a demonstration during a thunderstorm.
    In both cases I waited for a dry period with low humidity and removed the staples, pulled it tight with pliers, and re-stapled it. From then on it was fine.
    You know how much your kitchen cabinets swell during humid times.... Well the same happens to canoes, and I suspect cedar swells more than hardwood.
    I think it important to pick low humidity times for stretching canvas.
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