Thursday, September 29, 2016

Stockton Sailfest Messabout 2016

September 23-25 was Stockton Sailfest Messabout on Stockton Lake, here in SW Missouri. A small but fun group came to camp and sail for a few days.

I splashed my canoe and myself on Friday evening, immediately upon arrival at the lake. It's not meant to paddle while kneeling, found that out the damp way. But, it paddles quite well from a seated position. I paddled out and watched the sun go down. It was absolutely perfect. Later that evening, I hung out around the campfire till midnight with new friends Nathan and Nick, brothers up from Springfield with a beautiful strip-built canoe that Nathan built. It was a super clear night with a lot of stars twinkling above in the lack of light pollution. Stockton, although close, isn't a very big town, so doesn't throw much light upward on a clear night.

Stockton Sailfest Messabout 2016

Stockton Sailfest Messabout 2016

Stockton Sailfest Messabout 2016

Stockton Sailfest Messabout 2016

Stockton Sailfest Messabout 2016

Nathans's canoe from back in July. I somehow didn't get a pic of it this weekend, but it is in the video above, briefly.

Stockton Lake Messabout July 2016

Up Saturday for coffee and to try my hand at sailing the canoe I dumped the day before just paddling. With a 45-square-foot lateen sail and a shoddy 30-square-foot tarp sprit sail in the car, I opted to go with the smaller sprit rig for a little while. I sailed enough to get a feel for things and rigged up the larger lateen. There were a few "Oh, crap!" moments on the back side of an island close to the quarry boat ramp that I circumnavigated. Wind funneled straight down a narrow channel on the back side of the island and it made for an interesting and barely controllable sleigh ride down wind. Fun, though!

Stockton Sailfest Messabout 2016

Stockton Sailfest Messabout 2016

Stockton Sailfest Messabout 2016

Stockton Sailfest Messabout 2016

Stockton Sailfest Messabout 2016

That night, solo dinner at Orleans Trail Marina and back to camp to chat with others till about midnight.

Stockton Sailfest Messabout 2016

Up Sunday, more coffee! Ate breakfast at Orleans Trail, again, with Bruce and Seth. We drove out on the dam on the way back.

Stockton Sailfest Messabout 2016

Stockton Sailfest Messabout 2016

Stockton Sailfest Messabout 2016

Stockton Sailfest Messabout 2016

Stockton Sailfest Messabout 2016

Stockton Sailfest Messabout 2016

I did a couple of sketches and cleared up my gear as the clouds on the horizon looked grumpier and grumpier. About noon, I said my goodbyes and headed back to town. True to form, I hit up 7C's Winery in Walnut Grove for a bottle of Chambourcin for The Mrs. Wives are less annoyed with you being gone several days when you bring them something on your return, especially a decent bottle of dry red vino.

Stockton Sailfest Messabout 2016

Stockton Sailfest Messabout 2016

As I was taking off, Bruce showed me a neat cigar box uke he had made. Lots of character, I love stuff like that.

Stockton Sailfest Messabout 2016

A great weekend, really! Messabouts are one of my favorite things. I get to talk boat for a few days and no one complains or has their eyes glaze over in disinterest. The boat sailed well, happy to have finally gotten it in the water. I do think I'll make it a trimaran over the winter months, though. Flying a large sail kind of begs for it. I'll have to figure out a way to make them skin-on-frame, as well.

Friday, September 23, 2016

The Largest Burr Oak Tree in the Country

The largest burr oak in the state of Missouri

Last weekend, we went to visit my sister in Columbia, MO. She was in visiting from Washington state. While we were there, we checked out The Big Tree a 350-year-old burr oak that is the largest burr oak in the country and the biggest tree in the state of Missouri. It sits along the Katy Trail in McBaine County, MO.

This guy buzzed overhead a few times while we were there.

Paraglider

More info on the tree:

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

SoF Sailing Canoe Update (Almost There!)

Nearly done with the canoe! Another coat of paint and she's good to go.

The sailing canoe is nearly finished.

The leeboard isn't pictured, here. It clips to the gunnels, so doesn't work on a solid flat surface.

The sailing canoe is nearly finished.

Hoping to test all this out and splash the boat this coming weekend!

Monday, September 12, 2016

SoF Sailing Canoe Update

Getting closer. Needs more paint.

Under the gun here, leading up to the Stockton Lake Sailfest Messabout in a couple of weeks. Needs a few more coats of paint to fill the weave (shouldn't have gone econo on the polyester, never again, takes too much paint), then rubrails and finalizing the leeboard and steering oar bracket for the rear of the boat. Busy, busy, busy...

Canvas is on, time to paint.

Getting closer. Needs more paint.

Misc. Sketches

I've been pretty busy lately, so haven't posted much. In what little spare time I've had, I've knocked out a few sketches and spread some canvas and paint on the canoe project (post to follow).

My friend Sarah W., who I've known almost as long as I've lived in Springfield (I moved here from Florida in the fall of '94), she asked me to do an art piece for her father. Her brother died a year ago and around the time of the funeral in Colorado, her dad fell in love with the aspen trees out there. This is to be framed and given to him at the anniversary of his passing, later this month.

Aspens

Less story to this one. My friend Joe T. gave us some eggs off of his farm east of town. We've since eaten them, but before that, I made a sketch.

Eggs

Saturday, the Ozarks Celebration Festival on MSU campus was in full swing. I took a couple of hours to run over there and sketch bluegrass musicians.

Lonnie Hoppers, he used to play with Bill Monroe.

Sketching bluegrass musicians at Ozarks Celebration Festival on MSU campus.

A 14-year-old girl and possibly her grandfather. Not sure exactly.

Sketching bluegrass musicians at Ozarks Celebration Festival on MSU campus.

Lastly, Redbridge Bluegrass.

Sketching bluegrass musicians at Ozarks Celebration Festival on MSU campus.

Fun fact: That little red blotch above Lonnie Hoppers is what happened to a tiny red spider that refused to be blown off the page. Flicking it away didn't quite work out like I planned.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Sketches

One: my buddy Brian D. from a kayak trip on Bull Shoals Lake a couple of years ago. I combined a couple pics for this one, as his boat was actually quite a ways behind him, down the creek draw. It made for a better sketch to have it partially in the frame. I'll be getting a frame for this one sometime this week and giving it to him.

A sketch of my buddy Brian, from a kayak trip on Bull Shoals Lake a couple years ago.

Two: these are a couple of architectural flourishes that I took a photo of at the City Museum in St. Louis last year. I believe they are of Asian origin and they were carved from a pretty red stone material.

A couple of fish architectural flourishes from the City Museum in St. Louis.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Sailing Canoe Update

I've managed to figure out the placement of the mast step and partner. The sail is certainly a little too big for the boat, so should be interesting! I may be riding the gunwales a bit in mid to heavy airs.

Still messing with the mast step placement.

The leeboard for the sailing canoe. It's a clip-on, loosely based on a Phill Bolger design. It fits snugly over the gunwales, which would be awesome if I hadn't forgot that I was planning to add 1/4 inch rub rails after skinning. Place face palm here. Hopefully I can figure out a workaround that doesn't involve taking the leeboard apart and rebuilding it. It's got eight screws and a lot of Titebond III holding it together at the moment.

The leeboard for the sailing canoe.

Lastly, I cashed in some pirate booty to order the polyester canvas for the boat this week. I need to move on to varnishing the frame in the next few days.

Pirate booty! Took a bunch of coins in a cigar box to the bank today. My inner child was beaming with pirate references. Aaaarrr!