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Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by David Satter, Jan 29, 2017.

  1. David Satter

    David Satter LOVES Wooden Canoes

    I'm helping a friend clean out his dads shed. He found a canoe form it looks really nice. It's so covered with stuff I don't know even how big it is yet. We're going to get it out in the lite and see. Looks to be in really good shape. My question is what's it worth? looks all there with all the metal straps. I don't build new ones so I'm not really sure. My guess is it's under 16 feet. Also some cedar strip canoe molds. I'll probably post it up for sale when I can get some photos. Thanks, Dave
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Wooden canoe forms and cedar strip canoe stations are very difficult to sell and usually go for free or a few hundred dollars at best. You can be doing well if you don't have to pay someone to haul it away. There is a well known one at listed for 'best offer' that probably hasn't drawn any bids in many months. The Old Town war canoe form at was given away for the cost of the gas to deliver it. Your mileage may vary...

  3. johnmetts

    johnmetts Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    I am looking for a form to start building on. Did you sell it yet? If not, can you send some info on it? Length, type, condition, pictures?


    John Metts
  4. pklonowski

    pklonowski Unrepentant Canoeist

    I don't know that anyone here builds forms to sell, but if you're looking to build a canoe, you might want to indicate what specific hull design you're interested in building. Also include what type of construction you're thinking about: Wood & canvas, strip & 'glass, etc. You might also want to check with your local WCHA Chapter... You're in Michigan, which has two quite active chapters: Check into, where you'll find a lot (A LOT) of people with a lot (A LOT) of experience building & restoring wood/canvas canoes, and probably some other canoe types, as well...
  5. johnmetts

    johnmetts Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    Thanks for the response. I guess I was a little vague in my post. Wood canvas, Atkinson Traveler, Chestnut Pal, Indian Maiden. I just signed up for the local chapter near me so I will check around there. My Great-Grandfather worked for Peterborough Co. and owned his own company, "J.B. O'Dette & Sons" in Canada. I've always wanted to build W/C's and now that I'm 60 I guess it is time I get going. Restoring my first Carlton now. Having a great time.

  6. MGC

    MGC Scrapmaker

    Traveler forms show up from time to time..I recall seeing one for sale here in the Finger Lakes region not that long ago.
    That said, how about building your own form?
    Give Rollin Thurlow a call at Northwoods's his design. He sells the plans, form stations, kits etc. He also may know of a form that's for sale...,.

    That's a great boat choice....they are a pleasure to paddle, loaded full of gear or with a rod and a box of tackle, or packed to the rails with kids and a dog...
  7. johnmetts

    johnmetts Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

  8. Bumper Kriecha

    Bumper Kriecha Canoe Builder

    I have a few travelers that I have built over the years and love them very much. They paddle great with tons of gear or with kids and dog jumping all around. If you are ever in the Madison area and would like to go for a paddle, I would be happy to take you out in one.

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  9. johnmetts

    johnmetts Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    Thanks! I get over that way once in a while. If I get there again I will give you a holler.
  10. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    One of his catalogs is available in the scanned collection at as shown below. Do you have any other O'Dette catalogs, build records, or other information that you are willing to share?


  11. johnmetts

    johnmetts Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    I have a copy of the catalog that I rec'd from the Canadian Canoe Museum. I will attach a little bio of him and a photo. In the bio and elsewhere he is called John Baptiste or "Bat." My grandmother (his daughter) called him "Jean" and I was christened "Jean Baptiste Metts." She said he was seldom without his "peep" (pipe). We had a small model of one of his canoes when I was very young. My mother gave it to her brother. He recently died and I have been asking around to see if anyone knows where it went. If I find it I will let you know. I also attached a pic of the Carlton and my first attempt at bending ribs and planking. So far I have 17 bent and 4 in place. No breaks so far. Really enjoying this, though I wish I would have started 40 years ago.

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  12. Gary

    Gary Canoe Grampa

    Hi David, I would be interested in your canoe mold if you want to part with it? I've always wanted to build a cedar canvas canoe from scratch. Only problem is I'm up in Canada, not sure where you are with it?
    Thanks, Gary

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