Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Canoe Building: Making the Seats
After a few coats of varnish, I was set to weave the seats. I deliberated what material I wanted to make the seats out of for quite a while. Cane seats are beautiful. But more then that they are breathable (no boaters itch!), and when they start to sag you can wipe the underside of the cane with a wet rag and the cane will tighten up again. I really really wanted to weave some cane seats. I even went so far as check a book out from the library on cane weaving. Ultimately though, I realized that I have young kids who will be canoeing with me. Since they can be a bit hard on things, the cane seats will have to wait. I went with polypropylene webbing instead.
Polypropylene webbing comes in tons of different colors, is UV resistant, does not stretch, and also does not absorb water. It's a way better option than the more common nylon webbing. I singed the end of the webbing and also used a hot needle to melt/fuse two holes in the end where I would screw it to the seat to begin weaving. I wrapped the seats the long ways, stretched it tight, then fused the ends and screwed it to the frame. Weaving back through the short ways with another piece helped further tighten the weave. Once the seats were woven, I was ready to install the seats and thwart and be finished.