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Wood Canvas Canoe Repair Series: Session D: Canvas, Fill, Paint & Varnish

Course Overview

Breathe some life into that old wood-canvas canoe in the rafters and turn it into a classic wooden canoe suitable to be paddled for another generation or two. The process of repairing a wood canvas canoe can be a daunting journey that requires careful planning and prioritizing. To help you on your way, expert builder Jeanne Bourquin offers a series of repair courses, each focusing on a different step along the way and offered throughout the year. Bring your canoe and take the whole series from start to finish over the course of a year, or go a la carte and pick and choose the steps you need help with your own project. Participants are encouraged to bring a partner to help complete the work at no additional charge. Session D: Step Four: Canvas/Fill, Discuss and Demo Painting & Varnishing You should arrive for these two days with your canoe sanded fair, tacks clinched, and the outside linseed oiled. It is recommended to have some of the varnishing done also before you canvas and fill, though this is not necessary. The first day we will canvas, and the second day fill the canoes. It would be better not to try to load your canoe for travel until the 3rd morning, or to arrange for canoe storage in Grand Marais while your filler cures. Alternatively you can learn the filling method on someone else’s canoe the second day and take your canoe home to fill. The filler takes 4-6 weeks to cure ready to sand and paint. Bring your own Filler/Canvas/Tacks, or you can purchase from the instructor. Please bring a partner to work with you. At some time during this class we will spend time talking about the painting and varnishing process.

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