Wooden Canoes are in the Blood
Here is a seldom seen sight, a restored 16' Trailcraft. Nine days ago it was just an accumulation of sticks on the scrap wood pile. Today a usable canoe. Trailcraft pits the restorer not against paid factory workers but unpaid and unknown woodworkers. I have a square back Trailcraft whose builders patience and skill I will never match. I this case, I am satisfied I did better than the first builder. As with all kit built, license is acceptable. The seats are old growth douglas fir. The floor rack was yesterday a cast off rafter from an 1893 house. Southern poplar. Original kits had all steel ring shank nails and screws. I replaced what I could with copper tacks and brass screws. Ron Overstreet, the innovator of Trailcraft is still alive and while no longer building kits is still selling plans for his Trailcrafts. His site has some interesting ictures of a 1970 canoe factory. See www.trailcraftcanoes.com/ Decks are a challenge but the bang strip will cover errors. Canoe is hanging because the last coat of paint is still soft.