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.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

The SoF Canoe Has Gone 3D

I managed to get a little more work done on the canoe Tuesday evening. It's started to go 3D.

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The sailing canoe has begun in earnest.

My super high tech way to put a little pre-bending in the canoe gunwale stock.

My super high tech way to put a little pre-bending in the canoe gunwale stock.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Slightly Modifying a Corncob Pipe

I bought a Missouri Meerschaum Washington 5th Avenue corncob pipe from Aristocob last week. It came in the mail yesterday. I usually buy the Rusticobs from Aristocob, because I like the weathered look of them. This time around, I bought a plain ol' standard cob pipe that MM knocks out everyday, with the sole purpose of modifying it a little myself.

Before:

Before

I wanted a mixed look. Something with the bright light color cob bowl, but with a darker shank than it comes stock. I also didn't want to use an off-the-shelf stain for this, since many are quite toxic and smelly. Being ignorant of which one aren't that way, I just used a thick instant coffee paste and a lighter's flame to achieve this effect. I masked off the bowl and ferrule with artist tape before I sanded off the varnish and cob print on the shank and before I stained and scorched it. After:

After

Monday, June 6, 2016

A Trip to the Gun Range in Bois D'Arc (Colloquially Pronounced/Butchered as "Bow Dark")

A couple weekends back, I went to the Andy Dalton Gun Range in Bois D'Arc with my friend Ryan S. Had a great day shooting out there. I did pretty well with my rifle and revolver, but really shined with the shotgun. I bet I was hitting 6-7 out of eight clays, with a 16 kill streak at one point. I've never shot that well before. I'm really not much of a gun person. I just happen to own a few of my dad's old guns and go to the range very infrequently.

Shooting at the Andy Dalton Range in Bois D'Arc, Missouri

Shooting at the Andy Dalton Range in Bois D'Arc, Missouri

Ryan owns a few more toys than me. My revolver is on the left. (Edit: The other left.)

Shooting at the Andy Dalton Range in Bois D'Arc, Missouri

Shooting at the Andy Dalton Range in Bois D'Arc, Missouri

Shooting at the Andy Dalton Range in Bois D'Arc, Missouri

Shooting at the Andy Dalton Range in Bois D'Arc, Missouri

Look! A Boat Post!

It's been some time since I've posted anything "boaty" on here. Certainly not with much regularity. Anyway, I've finally gotten back to doing more boat related things. Not being able to ride a bicycle lately has certainly helped turn my attention back to the water.

My wife's mother, my mother-in-law, passed away from early onset dementia last Monday. It was a long and painful process to watch, stretched out over several years. The last six months being the hardest. We took the entire week off to come to terms with it and make what arrangements for the celebration of life service next month. We also spent a lot of time making sure my father-in-law was doing OK. Whenever I wasn't needed, I spent some time finishing up the refurb of my standup paddle board.

Before

Aaaand... done! After

Ready for the water again.

It had been leaking heavily, so I decided, rather than re-canvas the thing, that I'd sand it lightly, then prime and paint it over. I'm hoping this works out. It's not been tested yet, but I might one evening this week.

A quarter scale skin-on-frame peapod rowboat.

When I got done with the SUP, I started to mess with my skin-on-frame rowing peapod model/idea. It's a conversion of a John Gardner lapstrake design from one of his books. I managed to get all of the ribs in and pop it off the molds. I have just begun lashing on the inwales, and I have exactly 200 lashing points done. What I have found out in doing this, that it is quite possible to build one of these boats this way and that I really don't want to, in spite of how light it would be. The work is just too damn tedious. I plan to finish out the model with breasthooks and thwarts to just shy of skinning it and then I plan to hang it on my office wall as art.

A little further along with the SoF peapod.

For size reference.

Lastly, I started anew on the skin-on-frame sailing canoe project. It's an 11' 6" conversion from a lapstrake design, as well, with some slight adjustments in the stems due to fuzzy source material there. This I'm doing fuselage frame instead of steamed ribs. It's so much easier. My father-in-law and I ran several boards through his table saw on Saturday, making some smaller boards and sawdust. I now have a nice stack of 16' stringers and gunwales in my garage, next to the strongback with frames clamped on (not shown). I've also attached temporary thwarts to the three middle frames to aid in resisting the stress of bending the gunwales and inwales around them.

Back to the sailing canoe.

I'm working out a sail plan with the aid of a these books. I'm also planning to use a lanyard type leeboard and paddle steer.

Back to the sailing canoe.