Monday, August 17, 2015

The Artwork is Up and Some Extra Recent Stuff

Just a quick photo/sketch post. My art is up at The Coffee Ethic coffee shop through September. 23 ink and watercolor pieces.

My artwork is now up at The Coffee Ethic coffee shop. Should be up through August and September.

Also, here are a couple of rustic sketches I did late last week that aren't in the group at the coffee shop. The first, from a pic I took in Akinsville, Missouri last winter. A town founded by my great great great grandfather. Once a thriving community based upon the railroad stop there, now just a handful of farms run by Mennonites. This sketch is of my great great grandfather Porter Davis Akin's old farm.

My great great grandfather Porter Davis Akin's farm in Akinsville, Missouri. Sketched from a pic I took last winter.

The second sketch is from a horseshoe pic I took while cabin camping in Cape Fair, Missouri, earlier in the year.

Keeping with the rustic theme. Sketching from a pic I took earlier in the year on a camp trip.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Upcoming Art Show

I've been hunting frames for a month or so. Finally finished. I have an art show starting this coming First Friday Art Walk at The Coffee Ethic coffee shop, downtown Springfield.

I've been hunting frames for a month. Finally done. I have an art show starting this coming First Friday Artwalk at The Coffee Ethic coffee shop, downtown.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

It's been a week and a half since the messabout, but I've had very little time to do an actual writeup about the three day small craft boating event. The event, like last year's, was informally hosted by myself and Gene Berry. Gene doing most, if not all, of the leg work on the campground, posting info and organization. We had visitors from as far away as Texas, Michigan, Iowa, Kansas and various other parts of the Midwest. Some new friends, some old. It was a lot of fun.

Friday the 10th rolled around and I threw my camping gear in the Subaru and piled some boats on top to head to Stockton Lake, an hour from Springfield, MO.

This year I wasn't bringing a sailboat, as I sold my Sea Pearl 21 last summer and gave away my Wa'apa outrigger a month ago. I did have three skin-on-frame options. My daughter's Kidyak Kayak, my Chuckanut 12 and the freshly minted Lanui SUP. All of which are Dave Gentry designs.

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

I reached the lake about 2:30pm and barely had my boats off of the car roof before being pulled onto a sailboat. Michael enlisted me as a (very lazy) crew member and I (sort of) helped man the jib when tacking his O'Day Daysailer.

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

We were in the company of Gene's PD Goose "Andy's Junk", Daryl's Welsford Tread Lightly, Craig's Michalak Wooboto, John's sailing canoe and Frank's production boat that I completely forgot the make of. He normally brings a 24' Wa'apa outrigger, but he and his wife Carol were sleeping onboard the big boat this year. Dale later showed up with his Dovekie, Bruce with his PD Racer and Eugene with a large Michalak design that I can't remember. It was a busy weekend.

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

I spent quite a bit of time in Daryl's Swampscott Dory, it was a blast to row and I really want to build a rowboat. Kicking around several ideas at the moment.

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

With the lake about 8-9 feet above normal, we were pushed off of the beach campsites we'd originally reserved. It also put us beached a little further up in the cove than before. That lent the event well to the paddle craft I brought with me. There were no shortage of takers when I offered to loan out my boats. My wife and daughter even made it up for Saturday. My wife, not much of a boat person, really liked the SUP and my daughter was expertly tooling around in her kayak after a few hours practice. The SUP is really stable. At one point I had myself and three kids on the deck of it and it paddled fine.

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

Again, a great weekend. Good to be out in the company of like-minded boat nerds for a change. It's often just me and my thoughts and interests with no one to share them. Messabouts let me open up and talk about boats without worry of boring or annoying everyone in the vacinity. It's pretty cool. :)

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

Monday, July 6, 2015

Boom! Done! One SUP Finished!

Aaaand... done!

I still plan to put quarter turn deck plates in at some point and maybe paint some pin striping, as well as fashion a quant pole for poling the shallows and a crate for the rear deck with PVC pipe fishing rod mounts, but for the moment, she's done should be ready for the lake this coming weekend. Finally!

Skeg

Sketching shapes on the SUP paddle blank. I think I'm going to roll with the angry spear tip shape, even if it might not be as efficient. It just looks like more fun.

A little further along.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Cultivating the Inner Hillbilly Dadness

When I was a kid, dads smoked pipes. That's what my dad did, also my uncle and several of their friends. Anytime we went hunting, fishing, whatever, if it was outdoors, there was a pipe clenched in someone's teeth.

I don't smoke a pipe very often, it's usually just when on a camping trip and maybe every so often when puttering around the garage and working on boat projects, but when I do, it's almost always a corncob pipe. I've gotten pretty into the Missouri Meerschaum cobs. Especially the Rusticob versions by Aristocob. They're cheap, kinda purdy and quite nostalgic for me. As a kid, I would see the cheaper model MM pipes heaped in bins at tourist traps around the Lake of the Ozarks and the Branson strip, when visiting my grandmother for the summer. They were kitsch, but part of the Ozarks hillbilly persona.

Now that I'm a dad and I've been back in the Ozarks for over 20 years, part of that hillbilly thing has seeped back in somewhat, pushing the Florida boy aside. You can't spend 20 years in the woods, hills, streams and lakes around southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas without putting a little banjo and mandolin in your heart and soul.

My recent acquisition: Aristocob Rusticob Great Dane Egg Straight

Aristocob Rusticob Great Dane Egg Straight. The newest of my slightly hillbilly Missouri Meerschaum corncob pipe collection.

My current collection: The three on the left are from Aristocob, part of their Rusticob line. Top down, Great Dane Egg Straight in Caramel, Diplomat Apple Bent in Red, Country Gentleman Straight in Brown. On the right, two pipes directly from Missouri Meerschaum - The Dwarf Cobbit and a Country Gentleman Bent.

Missouri Meerschaum Corncob Pipes - Aristocob Rusticobs on the left.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

To Skin a SUP

I've begun skinning my Lanui SUP. I've made a couple mistakes on it, but nothing fatal. Hoping to have it sewn, ironed and heading towards varnishing by week's end.

To skin a SUP