After 19 years of paddling on 20 lakes and rivers from Lake Michigan to Florida, including many rocky rapids on Ohio rivers, Glen Rahtz saw that his canoe was ready for some attention. He built the red cedar and redwood hull from plans in Canoe magazine. To restore her, he stripped off the fiberglass sheathing, sanded the hull and applied polyester fiberglass. All of the wood trim was removed and replaced: the gunwales are yellow pine, the bow decking is mahogany, and the seats are ash. Glen says that the "restoration is the beginnig of another 20 years of use and enjoyment."
"There once was a group of retirees, Sitting around in old dungarees, What were the old fogies to do? Why, build three wood-strip canoes, So they all simply rolled up their sleeves. The plans were surely ancient enough, '56 Popular Mechanics stuff..." so begins the limerick sent by Marsha Napier with the news that she and Kris Ellingson, along with three neighbors (Mark Foster and Sandy and John Hansen), built three canoes from October 1, 2008 to March 1, 2009 in John's shop.