1924 Otca Inwale Tip Taper

Michael Graessle

Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes
So I am working on the inwale tips on my 1924 OTCA. My original inhales were incorrectly spliced and I am trying to scarf in new ends. Unfortunately, I failed to take reference photos of how the inwale and the stem came together with the deck. I am looking for help determining the taper of the inwale at the stem and stern. Also, I need to know if I made my stems incorrectly. I have a strong feeling I did. If anyone has some reference photos or the measurements to the taper I would greatly appropriate the help.

I attached photos of my attempt at a scarf. The next photos show the old inwale on top of my scarf and the union with the stem. This shows how short the original inwale is in comparison to my new stem. The next photo is the original inwale and the taper, which appears to be too short to mate to the stem.

I added a photo of the end view showing the bevel on the inwale. This is causing the inwale to torque when the deck is mated and everything is brought together. Do I need to reduce the outside bevel?


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