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Anybody thought of this for a replica?

 
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Loyalist Dave
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 9:49 am    Post subject: Anybody thought of this for a replica? Reply with quote

folks I don't have the means to get an actual birchbark, or fiberglass copy of a birchbark canoe. Maybe you folks know a better place to get one than I have found...,

..., anyway, I was thinking of getting one of these, as they are light an fragile like the actual birchbark..., and they can be painted to resemble a birchbark..., and I can afford one.

http://gaboats.com/boats/snowshoetraveler18.html

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dave - I can't speak to this particular boat but I think it would work. We fashioned a faux bark canoe out of an old Mad River "Explorer" with decent results. I think a lot of it comes down to the details. The more you take your time with the painting (be sure to paint in lenticles) and blending of colors, the happier you'll be. We also purchased a Marine grade sica-flex which is very flexible and appears as the pitched seams. You can also make it more bark-like by adding "spruce root" lashing around the gunwales with an artificial product that looks like root.

Bottom line, if you're careful you should definitely be able to create a product that will fit your needs and not break your bank. Just my 2 cents.

That's all for now. Good luck with your project and until our paths should cross...Be well.

snapper
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