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  1. Robin

    Thunder boxes, are they good or bad?

    Watch out in the North Maine Woods, strange happenings around the outhouses. Actually, at the drive in campsites the outhouses are clean and there are many new ones. The Poland Pond canoe in campsite had a thunder box that was so old, it caved in.
  2. Robin

    Thunder boxes, are they good or bad?

    I’m not sure where I remember these from, but I have visited toilets that used blue barrels with a lid, and the lid had a diamond shape cut out of it. As someone who prefers traditional gear, I felt this was a fitting use for those fugly things.
  3. Robin

    Project

    Nice looking wc canoe, good luck with the restoration.
  4. Robin

    J R Robertson 16’3”x 34” wood canvas canoe

    Bruce Larson and his son Jeff dropped the Robertson off this afternoon, they offered to drop it off as they wanted to check out my Chestnuts/ shop. We talked canoes, fishing, square sterns, and Maine for a couple of hours. You meet the nicest people around canoes. I’m glad I opted to have them...
  5. Robin

    The Whitney 'C': ADKs William C. Whitney Wilderness

    Nice report Patrick, it's great seeing a wood canvas canoe used as it was intended. Jerry Stelmonk would appreciate this I would think. It's sad that many folks don't post trip reports anymore, that used to be the meat of a tripping website. I appreciate this report and all the others that...
  6. Robin

    Video: Creekside (kind of a cooking demo)

    Your video motivated me to get some things done on my gear that needed attention. Maybe even practice cracking an egg with one hand.
  7. Robin

    10 day Quebec expedition by Justin Barbour.

    I really enjoyed that one, long but well worth it. Thanks for the heads up @Jim Dodd. That country was similar to my trip I did a year ago this past September in northern Quebec, the trees thinned out quite a bit and while not as far north, there was that same feeling of a wilderness that had...
  8. Robin

    Why Are You Here?

    Boreal Birch, I thought I was reading Calvin Rutstrum for a moment, nice thoughts.
  9. Robin

    Video: Creekside (kind of a cooking demo)

    My wife was cooking breakfast while I watched this, haha, which added a unique special feature. I agree with Alasgun, well done, videos like this want to make me work on my gear and look forward to spring. Thanks
  10. Robin

    Baskahegan Stream (Maine) route question

    I used the information in that book to do a 3 day trip on the seldom paddled Pleasant River in eastern Maine. I posted a trip report in the Wooden Canoe Heritage Assc. web site. Not long afterward, I got an email from the webmaster of the site stating that he had received an email from someone...
  11. Robin

    Duluth style packs

    I saw Duluth Pack on Fox and Friends this morning. Fox was featuring “Made in America” products. The only pack they had on display was a DP Day Pack, still nice to see imo.
  12. Robin

    Baskahegan Stream (Maine) route question

    Hi Art, The River is paddleable for 39.5 miles from rt 6 to Mattawamkeag River, There is a good description of the river in the AMC “River Guide, Maine” second edition, which you can buy on Abe Books for $5 used. That book covers just about all the rivers in Maine. It’s somewhat dated (1986)...
  13. Robin

    Duluth style packs

    Here’s some pictures and measurements of the Woods Pack I received from Chip. This packs first life was spent with an outfitter on the Albany River in northern Ontario. It’s lighter canvass than a Duluth Pack Wanderer, but it has held up well, just a few pin holes on the bottom and two small...
  14. Robin

    Another Chestnut(?)

    I stripped the canvas this week, the plank on the bottom of the canoe is stained black, probably from years of use with a leaky canvas, but it’s solid. Fortunately, the fiberglass patches were attached to the canvas rather than the plank so it all came nicely. I have been reading up on the old...
  15. Robin

    Restoring an old Trapper's canoe

    Great job Murat, I bet that old trapper would be very happy to see what you have done with that canoe. I re-read the whole post, I just started another canoe and the tip about using the heat gun to remove varnish will come in handy now that I have a new heat gun.
  16. Robin

    Duluth style packs

    I like the idea of making your own canvass pack if you have a decent sewing machine and the skill to use it. Sounds like you have both, I’m looking forward to seeing the end result. I have 4 Duluth Packs, my first was a #3 pack which is sort of big but probably not as big as you have in mind...
  17. Robin

    Canoe Repair

    I agree with Trailblazer, Paul from the Canoe Repair Shop is one of those guys who is happy to share his knowledge from years of working on canoes with anyone. I haven't been to his shop, but I have seen his work, he is the real deal imo.
  18. Robin

    Small wood canvas canoe shop in Mid Coast Maine

    Yes, he is a very nice guy. When I walked into the shop, I got that feeling I remember as a boy when I entered my Mom's kitchen on a Sunday afternoon. The smells of cedar and fresh varnish just gave me a good feeling, just as her fresh baked pies did back when. He and his son Jeff gave me the...
  19. Robin

    J R Robertson 16’3”x 34” wood canvas canoe

    I didn't bring the canvas with me. I had trimmed the excess canvas around the shear line and ends, so it was best to start with a fresh canvas. Hopefully, that trimmed canvas will fit my smaller/narrower Chestnut Chum when I decide to re-canvas it. BTW- I asked the gentleman, Bruce Larson, if...
  20. Robin

    Small wood canvas canoe shop in Mid Coast Maine

    Where Broken Canoes Find New Life Bruce Larson of Georges River Canoe specializes in restoring classic canoes By Roger Moody Bruce Larson uses forms that he acquired from the estate of the late Burt Libby for his new canoe construction projects. The ribs and planking are fashioned from white...
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