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PostPosted: July 15th, 2007, 5:05 am 
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Can anyone tell me how much cane I need for a canoe seat - Martin Step style seat?

Need to order the cane (plastic) but do not exactely know how much we need. Any advise?

Michel, The Netherlands


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PostPosted: July 19th, 2007, 4:25 pm 
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Hi Michel, In Gil Gilpatricks book " Building Outdoor Gear", He has three projects that include caning. In the seat caning projects he tells us that the plastic caning for outdoor use is sold in rolls or hanks which is enough to do several seats. I know you can buy the prewoven cane which gets locked into a small grove around the seat area like a window screen.

Gil recommends the plastic for canoe seats as the natural rattan cane will sag in time. He has real clear instructions and is very easy to read. Step by step details and phptos on caning so that even I can do it.

North bay Adventure Company site lists a hank or coil of medium(3.5mm) cane at 1000 feet. ( $49.75 CAN.) They also have the prewoven cane in different sizes starting at $8.25 and up.

check out their site www.nbcanoe.com

Other sites on the net,

Hope that helps :D

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PostPosted: July 20th, 2007, 5:53 am 
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Don't under estimate natural crane.
If keep moist, tung oil, natural will last years.
The sag 0.5 - 1 inch is very comfortable!

Doug

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PostPosted: July 31st, 2007, 7:19 am 
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Hi

Buying natural cane for one seat could be expensive.Cane is sold by the hank.A hank is enough cane to many seats.Cane comes in different widths.
I do not know how plastic cane is sold. I like web seats but natural cane has the best look.

Karl


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PostPosted: July 31st, 2007, 11:57 am 
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I'd becareful of plastic cane. Over time it my become affected by UV. Yeah I know your mostly sitting on it. I like natural materials myself. A hank of material should cover both seats. Don't tung oil the bottom surface just the top so it can breath.

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Old Town sells natural cane for one seat...but doesnt give dimensions. It comes with the spline.

Sixteen bucks.

Once I caned my own seat..it was time consuming but fun


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