Despst - There are a LOT of resources if you choose to try to restore the canoe. This site is filled with information and there are several books, including This Old Canoe: How to Restore Your Wood-Canvas Canoe Book by Mike Elliott. It is a great resource which I am using to restore my canoe. It will be my first attempt and I have great confidence with the support I have found here. I wish you the best of luck on your project.