Let me share some pictures and ask a few questions, please, about my new Chestnut wood/canvas canoe restoration project. I think it is a Bob's Special. It is 15' max length with a 34 3/4" beam (canvas to canvas). Ribs are 2 3/8" wide (maybe 2 1/4") and spaced 1 1/2" apart; they are 1/4" deep. Serial number is 36 9738. The stem top is visible at the rail/deck tip. It measures 13" deep amidships. Rails are attached with Robertson steel (galvanized?) screws. The outwale is quite rounded; (not what I've read to be common on Bob's Specials) and measures about 3/4" by 3/4". I don't know spruce by sight but I'd like to know if that's what it is. Both inwales and outwales seem like same species. I'm hoping they are ash as it is easier for me to find. It has a deep wooden keel which has remnants of a metal stem band running the whole length bow to stern. That seems odd, and that's one of the things on my list of items I'm wrestling with whether or not to replace as is. You know, the old restoration question of staying true to original or not. The rest of that list, right now, has reusing the semi-rusted steel screws, rounding the outwale or using the square dimensions described elsewhere, and re-attaching the deck decal off center (kidding!). See that one photo attached and you have to wonder how that could have happened at the factory?! So, thanks for staying with me on this long post and thanks, in advance, for any information, recommendations or stories of any kind.