I have started working on my 1940 OTCA CS. The canoe is put together very nicely except for a couple of things. The main one is that one of the gunwales has a very ugly finger splice. Over the years it has opened up and started to split. When I get around to replacing the canvas I will order new gunwales. The gunwale appears to be original. Is it common to see finger splices on Old town canoes??