Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Canoe Progress

Off the strongback.

I pulled the temporary thwarts out and moved the canoe off the strongback over the weekend. Probably a bit of a mistake on the thwarts, as the keel stinger hogged some when I did it. I'm attempting to correct that. I fashioned a long "plug" from the same stringer material that tapers thin on either end and I lashed it below the keel line. It fills the void created by the bow and stern sloping down and the keel line is back to being straight. I also plan to put in a slightly wider thwart/mast step to hold the wales out a little wider, in hopes it pulls the ends back up some.

Off the strongback.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Downtown with the Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club

With a sunrise of 5:50-ish am, there were just three of us that showed this morning.

Downtown with the Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club

Whatever. First ride on the new Brooks B17 Imperial saddle. So far, so good. Only did about 10.5 miles, though.

Downtown with the Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club

Downtown with the Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

More Progress On the SoF Sailing Canoe

Over the weekend I managed to get all of the longitudinal stringers on the canoe frame. Yesterday, I took a day off of work to do some more work on it, it's been a stressful few months at home with the passing of my mother-in-law a few weeks ago and the progress of her dementia leading up to it. I was feeling a little burned out and experiencing creative block. In advertising and design, that can be a pretty big hinderance on productivity.

Stringers 5-6 going on.

I managed to lash up the stems yesterday and get the gunwales mostly done before running out of time and artificial sinew. It's starting to look pretty boat shaped, now.

Gunwales going on.

Sailing a Chesapeake Light Craft "Skerry" on Fellows Lake.

Saturday, I had the the good fortune to be invited out for a sail on my friend John's dad's (also named John) 15' CLC Skerry sailboat. Had an absolute blast, it's a fun little sailboat. He has his rigged with a balanced lug, rather than the standard four-sided sprit rig. Being able to drop the sail and spars in the boat with a pull of a line is pretty handy.

Sailing a friend's Chesapeake Light Craft "Skerry" open sailboat

I got to captain the boat for most of the day.

Sailing a friend's Chesapeake Light Craft "Skerry" open sailboat

Sailing a friend's Chesapeake Light Craft "Skerry" open sailboat

Winds were about 12MPH, gusting slightly above at times.

Sailing a friend's Chesapeake Light Craft "Skerry" open sailboat

Sailing a friend's Chesapeake Light Craft "Skerry" open sailboat

Friday, June 17, 2016

SUP and Kayak on Springfield Lake

Last night, with the help of my friend Kevin B., I got to test out the new paint job on the Dave Gentry "Lanui" skin-on-frame SUP. Happy to report that it kept out water much better than before, with no noticeable taking on of water, whatsoever.

Evening on the water.

Evening on the water.

Evening on the water.

Evening on the water.

We paddled from the boathouse at Lake Springfield Park to Hwy. 65 and back, with a side trip up into Springfield Conservation Nature Center.

Evening on the water.

Evening on the water.

Evening on the water.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Coffee and Generosity

Coffee sailboat art for Christophe M. of gisamateur.blogspot.com

A few weeks back, a fellow boat nut named Christophe contacted me via WoodenBoat Forum and asked if I was still trading coffee-related paintings and drawings for donations to my friend Tom Billionis' family memorial fund. I said I was and he said he'd donate to it for a sketch in coffee of his friend Cap'n Jon's Phoenix III "Two Hearted". (The above painting was done with espresso from The Coffee Ethic, Tom's shop.)

I decided to surprise Christophe with a second sketch, one of his Sea Pearl 21 "Scout". Generosity for generosity and all that. :)

Coffee sailboat art for Christophe M. of gisamateur.blogspot.com

Christophe also runs one of my favorite sailing blogs, one I check quite frequently. There's never a shortage of aquatic adventure over there.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Farm Weekend

A little farm fresh plein air watercolor.

This past weekend, we went up to the Jefferson City area to spend a couple days on our friends' family farm. They had a swimming pond with rope swings and slides, plus a swimming pool, as well as 40 acres of land to play on. We goofed around in the sun, fished for catfish, caught toads/frogs, fed hogs, chickens and sheep, gathered eggs, rode ATVs, etc. Had an absolute blast.

Farm Weekend

Farm Weekend

Farm Weekend

Farm Weekend

Farm Weekend

Farm Weekend

Farm Weekend

Farm Weekend

Farm Weekend

Farm Weekend

Farm Weekend

I gave this to the owners of the farm before leaving. I took half an hour Saturday and sketched the view out back of the house.

A little farm fresh plein air watercolor.