Went out to the pond behind the house today for with the Duncan and his friend Jack, to paddle around in the skin-on-frame canoes and one of the coracles. The heron circled overhead a few times and we saw lots of evidence of work (and snacking) by the beavers.
Won't have much time to paddle soon, so I thought I'd check out this section of the river. Water is pretty low - no surprise there - I had to get out and walk over several sections of gravel bar. Followed the Great Blue Heron for a ways, but couldn't get a picture.
|Another Skin-on-frame builder|
Mystic Boat Show was on June 29th - July 1st. Went down on Saturday to help Hilary Russell with his booth. We worked on a canoe while there and fielded questions from show attendees. Also saw Forman School's boat building program working on some 'real' planked rowboats.
|Ethan Marshall's boat|
It was a beautiful day on the lake - perfect for a first cruise in the new boats. The stand-up-paddleboard proved to be quick and stable, and the canoes preformed as expected. The full name of these boats is Double Paddle, Low-Seat Canoe; it is modeled after the Henry Rushton Wee Lassie, though uses materials more like an Inuit Umiak or Kayak.
Just a couple weeks into the spring trimester, and things are looking good. By the end of the week, most of the thwarts should be in the skin-on-frame canoes. The stand-up paddle board is getting its last coats of epoxy before final sanding and varnishing.
I started this outing, in my skin-on-frame canoe, from the Hotchkiss Road access to Thousand Acre Swamp, in New Marlborough, Massachusetts. Picked off a geocache at the suspension bridge seen here, then portaged to Mill Pond, where I put back in to paddle across to the final short portage to East Indies Pond.
|Outlet of East Indies Pond|
|Mill Pond, in the19th century, powered a sawmill|
|Path of the paddle|
|Boats and tables in Ruger Art Wing atrium|
|Stand-up paddle board, almost ready for deck|
Work is progessing nicely. Only a few more ribs to steam, and we will have all the boats off the forms inside of a week. While we finish at up, we will also mill and soak the ash inwales, before we trim them to fit inside the boats. Soon we'll turn to shaping the thwarts.
All of the stringers have been laid on the forms and tied on with twine. Today I demonstrated for the students how to steam and bend the ribs and then lash them in place.
|First rib clamped in place|
Meanwhile, Rob Feeney's stand-up paddleboard is coming along well. The entire hull and bulkheads are together, and we are almost ready to weld all the seams.