Chestnut Canoe Ogilvy
We are calling this one "Done". It is a 1964 vintage Chestnut Canoe Company, Ogilvy, 16 foot, "Henry", model. Ogilvys were developed for use by the fly fishermen in the salmon fisheries in New Brunswick. It is heavily built and constructed for the shallow streams there. This canoe was originally sold here locally in Concord at an outdoors store in the 1960's. The family used it for many years, then the kids went to college and it ended up shingled and rotting on a lawn.
I realized I wouldn't get around to fixing it anytime soon, so I sold this canoe to a fellow WCHA Member. It was a total wreck. He was a psychiatrist at the local hospital for many years and a wooden canoe nut. He wanted to build reproductions of this canoe (a Chestnut Ogilvy "Henry") in his retirement. He was looking for a stable canoe to tote grandkids in. I told him that before he spent time and money on building a form, maybe he should restore this one and see if he really liked it. Well, he retired and shortly thereafter found out that he had advanced prostate cancer. He never got around to it. He died just about this time last year.
His family asked me if I wanted the derelict hull back. I really didn't have a use for it, but I suggested that maybe the Norumbega Chapter of the WCHA could make the restoration a team effort and we could auction it off at the Annual Assembly in July to benefit the mother organization. Record numbers of Norumbegas assisted in the canvassing and filling. So now it is ready for the Assembly Auction.
I'm not sure what "See you in the trees", really means, (I Googled it and can't find a significant quote and family members can't cite a source either), but he signed off on emails during his illness that way, and it could be applied multiple ways to canoeing. So, it ended up on the canoe today.
The Ogilvy Before renovation:
The Ogilvy after renovation:
The new Ogilvy has new stems, inwales, decks, and outwales, several new ribs, a new shoe keel, new heavy duty canvas, filler, and paint. New seat cane and varnish.
This canoe will be auctioned off at the Wooden Canoe Association Annual Assembly in July at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire to benefit the WCHA.
"Wherever there is a channel for water, there is a road for the canoe. " - Thoreau