Lots of Boatmaking Going On
July 25-26, 2014
Summertime is busy time - Tom had been making use of the Boathouse
for a kayak camp during the week.
Connie brought some kids by - her daughter, Patience, wants to
make a winner of a cardboard boat for the Toledo Boat Show this
year. Her friends, Sebastian and Anthony, were there to help.
This is the design we were going to be building - elegant in it's
simplicity slick in it's utility. It can easily carry an adult or
a couple kids.
Cardboard boats are a great way to introduce people into boat making
- you use a lot of the same techniques.
This is a project everyone can get into.
We learned to use a splining tool
to make the creases - the trick is to press hard enough to crease
but so hard as to puncture the fiber.
Center lines are important.
Suiting up for the fun part - glue.
We skipped the part about painting the insides - it takes too long
to dry for this kind of a production - it's easy enough to paint
later. As it is, we have to wait 20 minutes for the contact cement
to cure before we fold it all up.
That's how quick one of these cardboard boats goes together - the
kids from the kayak camp hadn't even been picked up by their parents
Sebastian and Anthony both wanted in the Skin on Frame canoe, and
There we are - all glued up. Easy as pie.
Time to paint. I am beginning to think kids have no concept of
how paint works.
Get the ends - always get the ends. Once painted, the kids were
ready to go home . . .
. . . and I still had cardboard. Curt and I knocked this out pretty
quickly - no idea if it would will work.
I saw this from the Bay Road on the way in to Toledo on Saturday
morning. There were a few people watching from the road, so I pulled
over to ask what had happened. The boat had been built in 1929 and
been recently purchased. The new owner was on his way to Toledo
to haul it out and restore it. The engine failed on the way up and
she grounded. Somehow she got water in her fish hold and she got
stuck pretty hard. The owner was confident he could raise her, so
it is all good.
Terrible picture, but you try sneaking a photo of a pair of river
otters playing under the docks. They'd come up and blow air out
their snouts, then go fishing some more.
Dan, who we met last week, brought his grandchildren, Kerstin,
Kloie, and Kamron down to join in on the action. "If you want
to build a boat, teach the builders to yearn for the vast and endless
sea." Into the water with them.
Bea looks GREAT on the water.
While the kids were occupied, I thought I'd try to make a
Payson Butt Joint using drywall tape and contact cement. It
did work, which is nice. It is floppier than a fiberglass one.
3 in a boat is only fun for so long. They took to the single boats
It didn't take long for Kerstin to start exploiting the stability
of the Tik-Tak Kayak
A new kid, Teal, came down and wanted to go paddling, so I had
Kamron take him out in Daisy, which turned out cool, because
. . .
. . . his older sister's name is Daisy (the tall girl in green.)
I tried, mightily, to get her into a boat, but she was not having
anything to do with it.
Here's another shot of kids in boats - love that stuff.
Back in the Boathouse, we returned to work on the Lazy
Weekend Canoe . Curt and I had attached the bottom, Rocky and
Dan - assisted by Jordan - were working on the butt-joints.
We are nothing if not an experiential learning environment. Kamron
and Kerstin - closely supervised by Rocky and Jordan - learned to
use an angle grinder to bevel the edges of the butt-strap.
I wanted to make another try at the cardboard canoe. I simplified
the layout and had the kids help with doing the lining out.
Kerstin and Kloie are making the centerlines of the reinforcement
board that will run down the middle.
It takes more practice than you'd think. They did an excellent
Lazy Weekend 2 is almost ready for sanding and primering. We are
waiting to attach the seats until after we paint.
Getting ready to glue down the reinforcement board - you coat both
surfaces with contact cement, so we traced around the pad.
Glue. Man, that is some stinky stuff. Great, but stinky.
Break time while the glue dries. Kerstin could tell the difference
in stability between the Tik-Tak and the Yaquina,
but she has excellent balance. Geez, turn your back for a minute
and they are all standing up in their boats. That's why they are
called "Life Jackets" and not "Good Idea Jackets."
Kamron sets the floor board.
Kloie learns to spline
Get ready to glue the stems
And Jordan works on the stems for the Lazy Weekend, too (lots of
stuff happens concurrently at the Boathouse.)
And that's it - I didn't get any pictures of the canoe going together,
we were all busy folding it up. Next week. I promise.