Another GREAT weekend
August 8-9, 2014
Friday started off with Connie bringing Patience and Sebastian
in for another session on the cardboard boats. They needed three
for their plans of fielding a small armada in the races.
Each boat gets a minimum of 2 coats of paint. It all takes time
Latex paint takes a while to dry, it helps to get 'em out in the
sun to cure 'em.
I'm trying to encourage competence and confidence. It's hard not
to tell them where the tools are - I just tell them they are in
the room and they need to find them.
Third boat: I've told them how to cut it and showed them. I've
cut it and showed them how. Now it's time for them. Here's the safety
lesson: This is a razor knife, what can you tell me about razors?
What do you think that means to you?
It's hard not to tell them what to do every step of the way - especially
for Connie, she just wants to help. Learning is hard, teaching can
Patience on the splining tool. Making long, smooth lines is a skill.
We decided to try painting the insides before gluing this time.
Break time - some how the Tik-Tak Kayak has become a multi-person
boat rather than a solo boat as intended.
Paddling and swimming - summer in Toledo is a magical thing.
We tried a little recovery testing. Turns out the best option is
to not go turtle in the first place.
While the kids were experiencing the slough Curt and I finished
gluing the last cardboard boat together.
This third one will be green - the kids are getting MUCH better
This is our cardboard canoe design - I'm not particularly proud
of it so I'm not posting the design. Last week, Bob Larkin installed
stiffeners along the bottom, which will help quite a bit. Another
coat of paint and she's ready for the races.
Almost at the end of the evening, we had a visitor: Greg, a trucker
who was delivering a load to the mill. He had a little down time,
so . . .
. . . I had Sebastian and Patience take him on a tour. They all
had a blast.
Before we closed up for the day, we had more visitors. You can
see the mother holding the PFD I tried to foist on the little girl
- I told the mother I had an infant PFD as well.
Next morning, Patience and Sebastian were there when I opened the
doors - and Anthony was back, too. This shot shows them shaking
up the paint - minimum of 60 seconds, pass it off when you get tired.
We sealed the seams with mastic and drywall tape, and the third
boat got it's second coat of paint.
Details details details.
While Patience and Anthony were doing the big work,. Anthony was
doing the fine work - decorations count.
Time for a break - OK, this is getting silly. 3 kids in a Tik-Tak?
Maybe I need to design a 12' version - the stability is really an
While I, personally, think the canoe will work just fine, it will
be used in a race between the Toledo Port manager and the Port manager
from Newport. Concerns were expressed, so we added some thwarts
for peace of mind. We used string run through the sides and through
the tube to pull the sides together.
Cardboard boats were done, so I had the kids decorate a 'Nuf we
will offer for sale at the silent auction.
How did I not get a final picture of the finished product?
There they are - Sebastian, Patience, and Anthony - thanks, guys!
We had a little bit of time left, so Curt and I rigged up the Junk
and splashed her. Very little wind, but she worked!
A little friggin with the rigging while underway. And we mounted
the rudder backwards - I'll correct that next week.
Pass and Review behind the Teak Ladies
You've NEVER seen one of those before.