Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sailing Begonia

Begonia is the Wooden Boat Association club boat.  I don't know its history in detail but I know it was built in the early 90's by Tom Whitfeild who I believe was a local boat builder.  The boat is traditional lapstrake construction with huon pine planking.  The Association claims the boat is easy to set up but I prefer to watch the experts setup her rig.  She does seem to be well behaved and sails well in light wind.  I need to spend more time at the helm.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Wooden boat building made to look easy

Great video showing how easy it is to build a wooden boat.  Interesting steam bending technique and an interesting rowing technique towards the end.  Not a battery drill or pot of epoxy in sight.  Amazing.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Swedish flat pack. 18th century style

This project started out as a way to use up some of my extensive collection of junk pine collected from hard rubbish.  The idea was to produce a knock down utility table out of scrap and move it on to a new home.  What I didn't count on was just how well the design would be received in the licensed2tinker household.  Now the pressure is on to turn my junk pine into fine furniture.  That $75 worth new hoop pine boards will help.