After the outside of the form is planed and sanded smooth, steel bands are installed in the exact location where the canoe ribs will be bent over the form. Latter when the canoe is being built and the canoe tacks are diven through the planking and the ribs, the tip of the brass tack will hit the steel band and bend over like a fish hook which makes for a very tight fastening. Here Paul is installing the steel bands around the outside of the form.
After six days of intense work the form is all done! This is rather fast for building a good form but since the Whisper is such a small boat and Paul is a very experienced in working in the shop it work out very well. Bean will miss having Otis to play with but he will make up for it by being able to play in Paul's school shop helping his students build their own Whisper canoe.
Welcome to the Blog of the Northwoods Canoe Web Cam. Located in Atkinson, Maine, we have been custom building new and restoring wooden boats and canoes for over 30 years. We specialize in wood and canvas canoe construction but we also work on a wide selection of wooden boats. In addition to the work on the boats and canoes we offer a wide range of specialized canoe material to those working on their own boat. Private classes are offered to those that want to come to the shop and build their own wooden canoe.
The web cam in the shop is very recent and we are still in the experimental stage with it.