My canoe seats are done and on their way to New York! Huge thanks to my friend Jason @txheritage for his amazing artistry on this very special commission. Here’s his post from earlier today:
I just finished boxing up the custom canoe seats for @preszlerwoodshop, but did manage to take a few quick pictures before sending them off. I don’t have a canoe to pose them next to, nor do I have a lake or ocean nearby to use as a scenic backdrop. There’s this 30’s Cadillac behind the shop though that worked just fine! These canoe seats are the bee’s knees. The frame is quarter sawn Ash that was steam bent prior to being assembled with mortise and tenon joinery. The seat is woven waxed hemp with oiled latigo leather that is secured to the frame with solid brass screws and cup washers. The hemp is naturally UV and rot resistant, making it ideal for use outdoors. The wax treatment just adds to the overall durability and water resistance of the hemp. I’m really happy with how these seats turned out and cannot wait to see them in place on the beautiful canoe that Trent is making!! I’m so happy to be a part of this spectacular project.
Visualizing how I’m going to cut the breasthooks from this piece of Macassar Ebony I got from @robertsplywood. Will leave the end grain exposed. Keep in mind this is not just a simple triangle; it’s going on the bow of the canoe with a steep up-curve (rocker) and slightly bowed sides. So I’ll cut a triangle about a half inch too big on all sides and then slowly file it down to fit. The final piece in 3D will be kinda funky. 🛶📐
Excited to be featured in the @financialtimes of London monthly magazine @ft_howtospendit, in an article titled ‘Bespoke boats and floats for stylish summer days.’ They described my canoes as “sublimely elegant, world-class.” To read the whole article see link in my profile. 🛶
Macassar Ebony: the wood of Kings. 👑 🛶 I got this incredible board at @robertsplywood on Long Island to make the breasthooks on my canoe. I’ve never worked with Ebony before and have a nervous excitement because it’s going to be a challenge but will look spectacular.
Yes I actually use my truck! Took some Zebrawood up to Scott @robertsplywood that was leftover after my Zebrawood canoe build. The ole whip handled pretty well on the Long Island Expressway! I was pleasantly surprised and got lots of trucker honks. 😆