Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Very Cheap Canoe Rowing Setup

Cheap canoe rowing setup

I'm in the process of converting the 17ft. Grumman canoe I got at a garage sale for rowing. It cost me $50 about five or six years ago, so I'm not real concerned with aesthetics. Just function. I added a center seat, which will come in handy this spring for regular canoeing with the family, and I added oarlocks and outriggers. They're on hinges to fold out of the way when not in use.

Cheap canoe rowing setup

This almost worked. It needs some tuning by doing something to keep the rowing outrigger wings from floating upward and popping the oars out of the locks. I probably need to collar the oars, too. They are crappy ones I slapped together a few years ago for my first boat build, a Phil Bolger Elegant Punt.

James River/Springfield Lake

After rowing a bit and fighting the setup on Sunday evening, I decided to just paddle around for an hour till sunset. It was pretty cold (temps in the low 50s F, water much colder than that) and I had some worry of being out by myself in a canoe I hadn't paddled in a few years. The sunset was nice, though.

James River/Springfield Lake

James River/Springfield Lake

James River/Springfield Lake

Friday, February 22, 2013

Friday, February 15, 2013

There's been a murder!

The murder out my window

Outside my window. I work on the eighth floor of one of the taller buildings in town. We see/hear red-tailed hawks, turkey vultures, crows, etc. on a fairly regular basis. It's really pretty cool.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Friday, February 1, 2013


Trying watercolor again Last night, on a whim, I picked up a cheap set of watercolors. I'd been thinking about doing it since Christmas, but hadn't gotten around to it. I haven't worked in watercolor since my early twenties and I'll be forty one in March. So, it's been a little while. Luckily, the other artwork I've done over the years translates well to other mediums.

Thinking of doing a series on small mundane objects around my house, then maybe taking paints and paper along on camping trips to fill in the occasional down time.

Update: A couple more have been done, so I made decent scans.