Will these things really float?Read More
I have been in the throes of website building for the last three weeks. I hope you like it. I've also been building Greenland paddles to beat the band, trying to populate my online store with a nice selection while keeping up with custom orders.Read More
I've received quite a few inquiries asking about how I make and apply the finish for my greenland kayak paddles, so I'll detail it here. What's amazing about finishing wood is the degree to which its fodder for so much pseudo-scientific babble and art; so much so that sometimes the would-be finisher feels lost before he starts.
Well, its SIMPLE. It is. At least this method is. So don't psyche yourself out. Here's what I do.Read More
"I really should update my blog.", I tell myself with mild chagrin. Again and again I tell myself, yet I've been silent since spring of this year. What have I been doing? Good question, and as I've never been a responsible document-er, I'll have a hard time remembering it all. Boatwise, I've been building paddles and skin on frame boats. That's pretty much it. Here are a few pics of the highlights.
I took Rick out for his first paddle in a kayak. He's a natural!Read More
In anticipation of spring sales, I've built a few paddles. I like to use western red cedar for the body, with black locust reinforcement. Its finished with my own version of "boat soup", a traditional mixture of oil, pine tar, turpentine, and whatever else the builder thinks appropriate. "Soup" is an apt moniker, given the propensity of cooks to throw everything but the kitchen sink into soup.Read More
Its Thanksgiving week, its cold and snowing, the wood stove is cozy, and frankly, I'm having "motivation issues". I need to build a skin on frame kayak. If I think I have an audience, I'll probably get it done in a reasonable amount of time. Stop by every evening for an update on my progress.Read More
During the winter of 2009-2010 I received a unique commission to build a nesting dinghy. Tim and Sarah own a 31 foot cruising sailboat and needed a good dinghy to replace their inflatable, but they had limited deck space on which to store it. With Tim’s help I built a B&B Yacht Designs Spindrift 9N, a nine foot dinghy which breaks down into two nesting sections who’s total length is only five feet, short enough to store on their boat.Read More