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This Old Canoe: How To Restore Your Wood-Canvas Canoe Paperback – December 16, 2015
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Mike Elliott began restoring wood-canvas canoes as a hobby in 1995. He has owned and operated Kettle River Canoes since 2003 where he specializes in the restoration of wooden canoes. Mike lives in Grand Forks, British Columbia with his wife, Christy.
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Elliott’s writing is clear and easy to understand for all levels of woodworkers. I’ve always been inspired by his photographs, which illustrate the fact that canoe restoration requires common sense and creativity—not an arsenal of high-priced power tools. What’s more, he makes the procedure of finishing—that is, achieving glossy and durable paint and varnish of a beautiful final product—far less intimidating. It’s clear that Elliott speaks from experience, which is This Old Canoe’s greatest attribute.
Canoe connoisseurs will also appreciate Elliott’s review and detailed specification charts for common wood-canvas canoes, including models produced by Canada’s venerable Chestnut Canoe Company. Elliott’s research is invaluable in identifying old canoes, as well as assisting in narrowing your search for a garage sale dreamboat. It’s hard to pick out any omissions or shortcomings to Elliott’s new book. Perhaps its only downside is that This Old Canoe is a gateway to a powerful obsession.”
Conor Mihell, Canoe & Kayak Magazine