LOVES Wooden Canoes
Guess I'm a little late on this point but thought it was worth noting. Of the many Chestnut canoes I have restored the majority had oak inwales and outwales which were always scarfed. The ash and even fewer spruce were never scarfed. The majority of decks were either oak or maple. With a little luck one can find Chestnuts with birds eye maple decks and thwarts.
Is there any way to date the canoe based upon which woods were used? This has one piece inwales but the outers were scarfed. The decks I'm not sure what wood they are, same with the original thwart. I used maple for the new decks and yoke is ash. Inwale tips I scarfed in were ash and the grain matched up fairly well.
Just getting ready to paint again and the local pond is still ice free, so just maybe...