Wheelin and Dealin

Fortune waits for no canoe and Caroline is no exception. With one more sheer plank glued in place on Friday, we moved forward by setting two more in place today. As our canoe cures in the corn crib, the remainder of our scarfed sheer planks are curing in the shop and will be ready to put on tomorrow.


The sheer plank approach may seem to be unconventional for a log canoe, but there are examples within CBMM’s collection that show much older canoes which utilize the same technique for finishing out the hull. This is especially noticeable as log construction progressed and hull shapes developed into larger, more load bearing hulls. Take the Edna Lockwood for example; although it is a bugeye, it is technically a log canoe considering its nine log, log constructed bottom. In order to have the necessary freeboard for a boat of her size, it was only practical that planks be used to build up her sides to her deck.


Tomorrow we will set the next planks in place and the sheer will be at the appropriate height for most of the length of the hull. Lastly, we will need to add some shorter sections of sheer planking up forward in the bow in order to make up the high rise where she will be breaking through the water before we can cut our final sheerline.

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