At the Boathouse
July 18-19, 2014
When I got to the Boathouse, the osprey were acting up. I think
the one down on the pylon (you can just barely see him, flapping
around) might have had a fish and the other thought he should be
I had a little bit of time before I got started, so I organized
our latest donation - the forms and a model of an Atkin
Valgerda - an absolutely stunning boat. It's not on our schedule
of builds right now, so if you are interested, stop by. These forms
were used by Brandon Ford, a very good friend of the Boathouse,
when he built his beautiful boat, Ravn.
This is the friction knob I'll be using on our little Junk. I've
bedded a 3/8 bolt in glue and sawdust. You'll see more of this later.
I needed to knock the corners off the chines and gunnels we'll
be using for the Lazy Weekend 2.0 build. My router table was just
a little short, so I had to build that stand it is on.
Curt and I gave the Junk a good sanding in prep of painting. There
was a lot of epoxy dust in the air.
Visitors! Connie (in the back) brought her daughter, Patience,
and friend, Sebastian. I happened to have some pool
noodle light sabers laying around and the inevitable happened.
Patience wants some help building a container board (what we not
in the fiberboard business call 'cardboard') boat for the Toledo
Boat Show this year. I am not overly familiar with the ergonomics
of 9-year-olds, so we did a little testing. It turns out, you can
fit two of them, side-by-side, in 34".
Time to get 'em on the water. Sebastian had never been in a boat
'Tis the season - the plum trees were bearing fruit and only accessible
from the water.
After trying out tandem paddling, I put 'em in single boats. It
would have been easier to start them in solo boats, but they would
have missed out on the opportunity to yell at each other.
Back at the Boathouse, it was time for Round 2 of light saber battles.
I opened up at 10am on Saturday, and at 10:01, Connie was there
with Patience and Sebastian. She said Sebastian was at her all morning
"Can we go paddling? Can we go paddling?"
SO off they went, with Connie as supercargo this time. Sebastian
needs to work on his paddling technique.
Kayak was getting a lot of attention. Jordan, a new visitor
to the Boathouse, wanted to give it a try. Jordan weighs about 280lbs,
which is a little more than I had designed for. Still . . . .
.. . . the man didn't get wet. That's pretty much all the Tik-Tak
is supposed to do: Keep your butt out of the water.
Rocky (on the right) works with kids from the Confederated Tribes
of the Siletz Indians, and we have been working at getting them
to the Boathouse. They weren't able to show up today, but we want
to have a boat for them to decorate for the Toledo Boat Show in
August. I put Rocky and Jordan to work, assembling the
Lazy Weekend canoe.
We started by attaching the frames to one of the sides . . .
. . . then the other side to the frames. And we got more visitors!
Bob Larkin came by again, this time, with his wife and kids.
I got them loaded into boats and returned to helping Rocky and
Bob's kids, Mike and Pat, got in their own boats, Mike in the Tik-Tak
and Pat in Aurora. They both liked them both.
Chine logs to the bottoms.
Rocky needed a break, so Curt stepped in to attach the other chine.
Then flip, and attach the gunnels. You can also see Geoff in the
background, working on the rudder for the Junk.
Bob and his wife were having a wonderful time in one of the Mollyhawks
- that is a wonderful design
by John Welsford.
Patty tried out the Tik-Tak and deemed it acceptable. Mike says
he is finally - after years of urging by his father - going to build
a boat, and it will be a Tik-Tak Kayak.
Once the chines and gunnels had been attached to the Lazy Weekend
canoe, there was nothing left to do today except go for a paddle.
Rocky put his wife and sister in one canoe, and himself and Jordan
It was a GREAT day on the water in Toledo.
Good timing on this photo - and a fitting end to this essay.