Canvas Canoe-How to Make-Please describe how to make a canvas canoe. The smallest and simplest size to be used in the marshes among the reeds, grass, etc., where one has to pole the craft through the water. How is the canvas waterproofed? Would a canoe be strong enough for one man and a few dozen traps? What is the best canvas to use?
It would take a book to give all the details. Make a form of cedar strips, ¾ inch wide, ¼ inch thick. The canoe may be 9 to 12 feet long, and not less than 22 inches wide. The bottom should be nearly flat, instead of rounded, except that the turn up the sides. You can make any shape boat or canoe you wish with canvas. For your purpose, I should make it nearly 30 inches wide, and at least 9 inches deep. The canvas should be at least 16 oz., and heavier is better. Lap it and make double seems. Fit it over the frame, and tack it around the tip of the sides. Two strips of 28 inch canvas would just about make the width required. When well tacked, with copper tacks, paint the canvas before taking out the moulds on which the strips are laid. You can fill up the pores of the canvas with glue melted in linseed oil. Cover the glue well with point, inside and out, with several coats of thin point. Such a canvas boat lasts for years, and is less apt to snag than wood.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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