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!
Monday, July 6, 2015
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
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
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.
Monday, June 22, 2015
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Monday, June 1, 2015
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!
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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.