UFO invades Little Lakes Canoe Restoration!

Dave Osborn

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I just had a guy drop off a yet to be identified canoe at the shop on Saturday. It has thick narrow cedar planks, thin oak(?) ribs and is held together with clinched, old timey looking steel staples. I have a notion that it may be a Joe Lucius canoe from Northwest Wisconsin. Does anybody know anything about these canoes?

Batteries dead on the camera. Will post photos later.
Dave
 
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here are photos. The canoe is 14' long and 14" deep. It has a shoe keel and an unusual stem.
Any ideas??
Dave
 

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keelson

Brian Baker's dad made canoes with keelsons using the open form. his canoes were close ribbed. he also commonly inlayed the decks/thwarts with outdoorsy types of scenes. Is yours like that?
 
Not like that, Dave. The decks look pretty crude, but the planking looks masterful. The planking job make me think it isn't a home-built. The other feature that I didn't mention was the shape of the outer stem. It appears to be very rounded versus the angular typical outer stem.

I also found out that it is not a Lucius Canoe, indigenous to N. Wisconsin.
 
Also

Baker canoes were clinched with flat head copper tacks. could the decks be a repair? Are the tacks brass? copper?
 
I had one like that come in last year. I suspect that it may be a Mechanics Illustrated or Popular Mechanics, or some such, DIY build from an article.
 
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