Thursday, January 29, 2009

Nearing the end of the stems!

Last night was another good night of work. I only got about 5 strips on each side of the hull, but considering the extra effort needed as the come around the bilge and take more compound bends, not too bad. You may notice that I am having to use tape between the station molds to keep the strips tightly together until the glue sets. that increases the time between each strip going on. Also, it gets increasingly more difficult to make those compound curves and twists with only my own two hands.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Good night of work!

Last night was pretty productive. I was able to get quite a few strips put on. Progress was fast. I didn't take the first picture until I had already gotten the first few strips on.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Making Progress!

I've really been slacking on getting this canoe done. I would really like to have the hull complete and ready to glass by the first week of February. I really Haven't done anything since bending and gluing the stems.

Let them dry.
So after a week of just noodling around in the workshop, I finally got back in there today and got serious. I was able to complete setup of the mold on the strongback. I also got the stem molds and stems in place and was able to begin shaping the stems. This is something that I should have approached a little more tentatively. I was a little aggressive and cut them to the wrong angle, and had to adjust. Sorry I didn't post a pic, but I was more concerned with correcting the problem at the time than documenting my screw-up!

The completed mold ready for the stems to be shaped and the strips started!

And so, the excitement builds. I was able to attach the first strip to the hull today also. Unfortunately, it's around the low 40s and so my glue isn't setting as quickly as I would like so I have to wait for that to set up in order to place the first strip on the other side. I will try that first thing in the morning before church, but if I don't wake up early enough, then I will get it after the first service.

Friday, January 23, 2009


Do I really need to say more?

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Paddling in the Snow!

This is my first ever post. I will follow up with more info about me and what I do later. For today, let's just focus on what I did today.

For those that don't know me, I live in Coastal North Carolina near Camp Lejeune. That means I experience mild winters (usually). Today, however, we were the gracious recipients of a winter storm that gave us ice and about 2" of snow. Glorious, wet, sticky, fluffy snow!!! I have always loved the winter and since I live in the south, I don't get enough of it.

So, because of the storm, I got released from work early and on my way home I put my truck into a ditch. (it's been too long since I had to drive in snow). Anyhow, after I got pulled back onto the road, I made it home without further incident and decided to go canoeing for the remainder of the afternoon. Enjoy some pics from that and like I said above, I will tell more about what I do and how I entertain myself later.

Thanks for reading!