Carleton Restoration (conversion?) Project


Curious about Wooden Canoes
I have a 1924 Carleton that the folks here kindly helped identify. S/N 18195, a 17" CS grade built in 1924.

My uncle found it, planning on restoring it but didn't and gave it to my father. He stored it planning on restoring it but didn't. Now I'm storing it and plan on restoring it, but am afraid I likely wont.

The problem is that the bow is completely smashed. 14 bow ribs are broken, the stem is shattered and the gunwales are gone. I have no place to start, and not enough dollars. Several 'people in the business' have indicated this would cost 2000-4000 for the woodwork, and even then the lines might not be quite right. Two people indicated I'd be better off scrapping it.

So I thought about it and came up with this idea. What if I cut off the bow and turn it around, making it into a flat stern canoe?

Any thoughts good or bad?

- Adam