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Well, the most recent wood canvas canoe project got it's filler today. This is a 1970's vintage Chestnut Prospector destined to be my tripping canoe.
Son Brendan, age 6 took the photos
Now it should dry six weeks before paint. The waiting is the hardest part. :D
01-15-2005, 08:03 PM
Looks great Fitz.
You always hve such great canoes.
I see your enjoying the weather. :D :D
I was back in Cambridge and up in Montreal over the holidays, can't say I miss it. Although we had a foot of snow on Gabriola just over a week ago. Happens about once every eight years.
Back in Northern California now, was sunny and almost 60 today-middle of January. Man I love it.
01-15-2005, 08:28 PM
Good job, Brendan smile.gif :cool:
01-17-2005, 03:23 PM
Do you have any more pics? This looks really good!
Hi Ho Barry, I didn't realize you had relocated from the People's Republic of Cambridge. Great! Winter this year has mostly been a "Mix". This week it will be cold however.
There are some more pics in an Album here (Prospector):
01-17-2005, 05:18 PM
What do you use for the filler? The pics looked really nice. Is this as strong as covering with glass cloth and epoxy?
The filler is oil and silica based. It goes on thick like a slurry and you hand rub it into the weave of the canvas. It dries very hard such that you can't scratch it with a fingernail and is tough to sand. The filler I used is lead free.
I get the filler from canoe building pros that sell it by the gallon. The canoe in the picture took a gallon and a quart. There are some traditional filler recipes here:
Filled canvas is surprisingly durable and general consensus is that canvas is better for wood canvas canoe preservation. I don't know how to compare it to fiberglass. The canvas holds up very well on remote river trips I've taken. I've also seen canvas on 40 to 80-year old canoes that was still doing the job.
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