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The skin-on-frame outrigger comes along, as best it can, indoors

I believe I have mentioned that I work in sub-optimal conditions for a boat-builder, even one focusing on small craft. Our house is modest and my workshop is in the basement, overrun by stuff in storage. I count on being able to work outside, but this gloriously snowy winter (yes, I said “gloriously” – snow [...]

After a drawing-board and holiday hiatus, we are making sawdust again on the skin-on-frame outrigger project

So we went back to the drawing board for a bit on the skin-on-frame outrigger canoe project, as we noted last month. It was a productive venture – we made some improvements, got a lot of problems solved, and got some useful planning in. We confess, though, that we were eager to get back into [...]

Milestone reached in the skin-on-frame ourigger canoe project – framing for the ama is done!

We are thrilled to report a major milestone reached in our latest boatbuilding project: the skin-on-frame outrigger canoe. The frame for the ama is all done and, while there a few things I can quibble with – namely the lines around the bow – on the whole I am pretty pleased with it.


More sparring, partner – Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum “Apprentice for a Day” part II

I got out to to Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Apprentice for a Day program again this past weekend and had another great day. First of all, the Delaware Ducker has a full combing, the beginnings of a paint-job, and a cleaned up false-stem. She is looking lovely.

For work, I got to finish my [...]

Introducing myself to the Delaware Ducker – apprenticing again at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

For Christmas this year, Mrs. Chine bLog again gave me a four-pack of days apprenticing with Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Apprentice for a Day program. You may recall my very happy time doing this last year. This is SUCH a sweet deal. For $25 ($15 if you do the right thing and join the [...]

Building the Peace Canoe – time on the Moaning Chair

At the beginning of Howard Chapelle’s seminal tome Boatbuilding, there is a 4-page introduction in which Chapelle goes through the entire building process at a 10,000′ level. After talking through getting out molds, cutting the rabbet, and installing deck beams, Chapelle devotes the final paragraph to a subject that one must assume is of equal [...]

More on the Peace Canoe – scarfing sheer clamps and chine logs

While I wait on the plywood I have been preparing the sheer clamps and chine logs, which I took out of 10′ and 12′ 1x. I thus have had to – and the write-up in Getting Started in Boats assumes this – scarf pieces together for these fore-and-aft members. I am not a very steady [...]