Old Town 113932-17

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I am wondering the wood used to construct this canoe, as I am planning restoration. It seems to have been built in the mid 1930s. I want to use authentic woods for the keel, gunwales, decks, ribs, and planks. I am also wondering if it was varnished or shellaced. Thanks.
Steve
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The Old Town canoe with serial number 113932 is a 17 foot, CS grade, HW (Heavy Water) model with western red cedar planking, open spruce gunwales, birch decks, birch trim, a keel, a floor rack, and sponsons. It was built between April and July, 1934. The original exterior paint color was dark green. It shipped on July 27th, 1934 to Akron, Ohio. A scan of this build record can be found by following the link at the thumbnail image attached below.

These scans were created with substantial grants from the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (WCHA) and others. Additional information about the project to preserve these records is available at http://www.wcha.org/catalogs/old-town/records/ if you want more details. I hope that you will join or contribute to the WCHA so that services like this can continue. See http://www.wcha.org/wcha/ to learn more about the WCHA and http://www.wcha.org/join.html to join.

The specifications listed at http://www.wcha.org/catalogs/old-town/specific.gif should answer most of your questions about the other woods that were used in your canoe. Keels were frequently made of ash and ribs were usually eastern white cedar. The interior would have been varnished. More information like this is available from http://www.dragonflycanoe.com/cdrom.htm on the Complete Old Town Canoe Company Catalog Collection CD.

It is also possible that you could have another number or manufacturer if this description doesn't match your canoe. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions. Good luck with your restoration.

Benson
 

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