The cedar canvas canoe has been part of the North American recreational landscape since the second half of the XIXth century. Not surprisingly, we continue to use the same building techniques today.
Although strongly inspired by that of the bark canoe, the constructing a cedar canoe uses a wooden mold covered with metal bands on which the cedar ribs are steam bent and nailed to the gunwales. This structure is then covered with cedar planking to form the hull.
The structure formed by the cedar ribs is then covered with planking to form a hull.
The canoe is now ready to be removed from the mold. The craftsman completes the construction, then applies a minimum of four coats of varnish to the interior. On the hull, he applies a coat of of linseed oil with an antifungal. Finally, he covers the canoe with cotton canvas.
The canvas is filled with a homemade waterproofing product (a traditional recipe) combining linseed oil and silica powder. It is necessary to let this dry for a month before applying a primer and a minimum of three coats of marine lacquer.
All the hardwood components such as decks, gunwales, stems, keels and seats are handmade. The seats are caned or hand laced with babiche. All the hardware (stem bands, deck rings, bolts, screws and tacks) are either brass or bronze.