Saturday, March 31, 2012

Starting the rudder

I can feel launch day approaching.
There are a handful of jobs remaining including the internal seating and pedals, rudder, gudgeons, pintles.  I will also need a trolley and some sort of roof rack to carry the canoe to the launch site.  The rudder assembly has been laminated with a 14mm hoop pine core and 10mm ply cheeks.  The core is in sections so that the rudder lifting line has a channel to run through.  The yoke was made with a back and a front half and fitted over the rudder box with half lap joints.
The most important job remaining is to make the name plate.  The 'client' has chosen the name Marisol. I only carve names without the letters 's' and 'o' so I will need to figure out another method for this one.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

The lanyard knot

Considering I started blogging so that I could sit at my desk at work and peruse all my projects, I am always pleasantly surprised when I learn that some one else has read my blog.  When, however, I see my site traffic go through the roof I after I post a video of me tying a knot I, become a little alarmed that so many people read my ... stuff.  Makes me think that I should make an effort with my stories and photos.  Not likely to happen until I retire.  In the mean time here is a video of me practicing a lanyard knot for my new canoe handles.  The arthouse soundtrack was provided by Son of Tinker who couldn't keep quiet for the duration of the video.  If you require further, more detailed, instruction I can highly recommend Des Pawson's "Knot Craft". 

Saturday, March 17, 2012

The single strand stopper knot

I have spent the week pondering the single strand stopper knot.  

My preferred choice is the button style also known as the celtic button, chinese button or turks head stopper.  My usual references were a bit confusing so I thought I would post a video for next time I need to tie the knot.  The instructional part of the video is in the first 20 seconds.  The remaining 40 seconds is just working up the knot so that it is neat and tight.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Focus Pablo, Focus.

Whilst every wooden boat tragic* in Melbourne attended the Geelong Wooden Boat Festival, I spent my free time this weekend painting my bottom.  Such is my commitment to my canoe build schedule,  sanding, painting, drying, sanding, painting, drying...yawn

My thoughts drifted to my recent holiday read which was "Practical Dinghy Cruiser" by Paul Constantine which I bought online from the Small Craft Advisor site.  An odd, but enjoyable book.  Lots of stories, ideas and sketches, but no index.  More than enough content to get me sketching ideas for my refit of Beth.  Spray covers, dodgers, reefing systems, sleeping platforms, where do I start?

* The highlight of my weekend may have been Coast S6 Ep38 - Sweden And The Baltic where I got a tantalising glimpse of the front 6 feet of a classic Swedish motor cruiser, an intriguing 30 second shot of what I think was a replica Swedish sailing pilot boat and a segment about the Vasa.  Does it get any more exciting?

Friday, March 2, 2012

White Island, New Zealand

As part of my ongoing study of New Zealand customs and culture I had the opportunity to tour White Island this week.  An hour and a half out of the port of Whakatane, White Island is a privately owned, active volcano.    Of note to fellow tinkerers is the abandoned sulfur works.  A number of attempts to mine and process sulfur resulted in some incredible feats of ingenuity in this remote and unstable location.  At one stage a camp was established next to a Gannet colony on top of a cliff.  Each day a boat was lowered to the water so that miners could row to crater bay to access the processing plant.  Ore was mined and extracted using the Frasch process well into the 20th century.

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