I managed to spend a few hours in the garage on Saturday, shaping my daughter's Greenland kayak paddle. A draw knife is so much easier to shape a paddle with than just a hand plane, spokeshave and palm sander. I managed to do a much niver job on her paddle than I did for mine a few years ago. It came out very light and pretty.
Monday, December 15, 2014
Friday, December 12, 2014
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
I have been thinking hard about a rowboat for about a month now. I thought I'd settled on a design in the form of a rowing version of the Delaware Ducker in Howard Chapelle's "American Small Sailing Craft", but now I think I might need something with a little more capacity. I've contacted Ducker owners and asked them their pros and cons. It's really more of a one-man boat than I need.
I'm wanting a boat to row solo about 75% of the time, but having the ability to row two-up with a load of weekend camping gear and provisions. Something I can fish from, row for fitness, row out to some Midwestern lake islands to explore, à la Arthur Ransome's "Swallows and Amazons" or just messabout in the fashion of the Water Rat in Kenneth Grahame's "The Wind in the Willows".
One thing is fairly certain, I plan to build the boat in skin-on-frame. I kicked around cedar strip and lapstrake construction, but have decided to convert an older working boat design to SoF. It'll cut weight significantly, allowing me to easily cartop and pull ashore a boat in the 15-16 foot range. The key to making a boat useable is making it easy to use. Cutting ready and setup time makes it less of a chore and gives you more time on the water. That, the lack of registration and the added exercise is why I'm leaning towards rowing over sailing.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
Monday, December 8, 2014
Now to make her a small kayak paddle.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Method: Take a log, make it into a board. Take the board and sketch a pattern or just eyeball it on the band saw like I did. When shaped, sand it with coarse grit sandpaper, followed by fine grit. I went 85 to 220, I think. Then clean your spoon in a mix of one part vinegar to 3-4 parts water. Let it soak in that for about 5-10 minutes. Dry and then oil with olive oil and Bob's your uncle!