Time Fast and Slow

 A heat lamp hurries epoxy cure.


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Much has transpired since the last post, most of it good.

On a sad personal note, our old dog died, the one in the videos from this past Spring. She couldn’t climb the few steps in and out of the house for the last month, but on her last day she climbed the full flight of stairs to the second floor twice to visit each of the girls’ rooms and sleep by our bed. We miss her.

The girls returned to school, so I’ve lost some helpers, but Terri has stepped into the breach like a real trooper. We worked until 3am Sunday night putting one of the decks on, and that potentially disastrous operation went very well. But more on that later. While waiting for the deck to cure, there’s time for some updates. Continue reading “Time Fast and Slow”

Return of the Shiny

Em starting from the stern.


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Emily and I put the first coat of Le Tonk on South’s interior. After months of looking at the dull matte sanded finish, the transformation was a bit shocking. Not only did the shine return, but also the color. The tung oil varnish really brings it out, as any varnish would. Continue reading “Return of the Shiny”

Just say NO to Varnish

“Le Tonk”

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Imagine a salesman comes into your shop.

Says he’s got this great new product for your boat. This is how it works:

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Ribs and Knees

South, with bentwood Ribs and Knees.


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Knees, Ribs, Breasthooks, Cockpits . . . these are boats we’re building, right?

Ribs and Knees are now installed in South. North has its Ribs clamped up while the epoxy sets, and will get Knees this weekend. It took a tremendous amount of work to make these little features, but they’ve turned out really well, and I’m very pleased. Continue reading “Ribs and Knees”

Bronze for Steel

Toby hates hugs


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It took two full days per boat to replace all the temporary steel drywall screws with bronze. I used to think drywall screws were expensive, but these little shiny things are like jewels in more ways than one. Continue reading “Bronze for Steel”

An Interesting Trip to the Sawmill

In the Stacks of the Local Sawmill


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I have a natural tendency to linger in sawmills and lumber yards. Besides the smell of the forest and warm glow of the wood, everywhere you look you see the potential of beautiful things you could make with what’s there. There’s still something very old school about a sawmill, too. Not much has changed about them in hundreds of years. Continue reading “An Interesting Trip to the Sawmill”

Cockpit Prep and Backing Blocks

Backing Blocks for Hardware


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Before installing all the copper grommets, I did a bit more framing. As mentioned before, if you keep thinking ahead you discover other things to do now, before the decks go on, that will make life easier later. This is a good example of that: Continue reading “Cockpit Prep and Backing Blocks”