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!


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

Monday, June 1, 2015

There Went the Wa'apa Outrigger

The outrigger canoe went to a new home today. I have no sailboat for a change, but I have room to build a new one.

I gave away my Wa'apa outrigger. A friend of mine that runs Lindberg's Bar on Commercial Street picked it up yesterday afternoon. I helped him go through the setup a bit, the canoe itself is only about 75% sail ready at the moment. It'll need some work, but he has the book I built it from.

This opens up my garage for other things, projects, boats and general puttering. I'm sad, but excited.

Adios, amiga! You'll be missed!

2012 Sail Oklahoma Messabout - my Wa'apa outrigger canoe

2012 Sail Oklahoma Messabout - my Wa'apa outrigger canoe

sail oklahoma messabout 2012

High res pics of what I posted yesterday.

Sailing Stockton Lake, Missouri, 9-15-2012

Sailing Stockton Lake, Missouri, 9-15-2012

Sailing Stockton Lake, Missouri, 9-15-2012

Finally got a good sail in.

Finally a decent test sail!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Balsa Fleet

I've given a few models to my kid to play with and a few have had a Viking funeral in the backyard fire pit, but here is the balsa model fleet at this date.

The current balsa fleet. Some boats have been given to my kid as toys, others a Viking funeral in the backyard fire pit.

In sort of book read order: P3 Proa (tiny, 3 meter proa), Gary Dierking Wa'apa Proa 16, Welsh Coracle, Greenland Kayak, Cajun Pirogue, Glen Simmons Glades Skiff, Jim Michalak Jonsboat and an Ozarks Johnboat built from a description on the Greene County Library website, a backup issue of Bittersweet Magazine.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Glades Skiff Model

A couple of years ago, I read a book called Gladesmen: Gator Hunters, Moonshiners, and Skiffers by Glen Simmons and Laura Ogden. It's an account of a South Florida good ol' boy (Glen Simmons) doing some legal and some slightly illicit things back in the Old Florida days. In the back of the book is a description/plan for a Glades Skiff. The Glades Skiff was similar to a river jonboat or pole punt, only with a pointed bow for parting sawgrass as you poled and paddled it. Glen Simmons was one of the last original builders and users of this folk boat type.

Glades Skiff Model

Glades Skiff Model