On winter and climbing out of the hole. February 14, 2017

 

Here’s the shop safely tucked in after a big February storm.

This is the time of year when I always seem to struggle to overcome a lack of momentum. It feels like winter is a hole I stumble into each year. Not enough gets done, or the wrong stuff gets done, or I can’t seem to tell the difference. Often the days just don’t feel productive. It’s not that I’m inactive, it’s just that most days I end up doing something besides the job I got out of bed to tackle.

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June 21, 2015. The first day of Summer

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Catspaw Dingy

It’s a rainy day and I’m breaking my rule and working in the shop and at my desk. “If you work Sunday’s then Mondays just another damn day”. That’s the rule, but, Saturday was beautiful, cool and sunny so I spent the day working in the garden and bike riding. When you work for yourself you have the option of sometimes flipping the days around to fit the weather.

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May 8, 2015 – First class of 2015

Building Pygmy Kayak’s Pinguino design in my shop
Building Pygmy Kayak’s Pinguino design in my shop

Spring is here, the days are sunny with temperatures in the in the 70’s, flowers are starting to bloom and the summer teaching season has begun.

I’m starting the 2015 season with a class in my shop, a collaboration with Pygmy Kayaks building two of their Pinguino 145 designs.  It’s a full week but we are making great progress and having fun as we bring these boats to life.  I can already tell both boats will be used often once they hit the water.

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April 20, 2015 – Two projects are moving along….

Getting started on the kitchen
Getting started on the kitchen

Last week saw two projects moving closer to completion.  We did the tear out of our old kitchen (what a mess) and I got enough done on my new Black Mountain Cycles bike to take her for a ride Sunday.   Both are going to be wonderful, well worth the effort!

In the kitchen we’re making and installing the ceiling this week then we can set the upper cabinets.  I hope to have the space up and running by the end of this week and finished by the end of next. I’ve got a class in the shop the first full week of May and students to feed.

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April 4, 2015

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Spring is a bit slow coming in this year, but the longer days do make it easier to spend more time working in the shop and they offer some daylight time outside at the end of the day.  Sunshine, it’s good stuff this time of year.  Yesterday it was in the 50’s but today we’re back to cold, wind and morning rain. Come to think of it, this is spring.

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May 11, 2014

Corner cabinet in birch and cherry with a black lacquer finish. This was a fun project.
Corner cabinet in birch and cherry with a black lacquer finish. This was a fun project.

These past few weeks I’ve been churning through the projects. I’ve delivered a corner cabinet for a client and I’m close to starting the finish work on a Fox I’m finishing for a customer.  Mattie, the Oughtred skiff I’ve been working on for the past several winters has enjoyed some attention and is at the paint and varnish stage.   Looking at my schedule for the summer it seems prudent to try and have most of my kits ready for class by early June, so I’ve been making kit parts and scarfing planks when I have a spare moment.

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February 5, 2014

Handplanes I made more then 30 years ago. The smallest one never really worked well but I’ve kept it for sentimental reason, and as a reminder that we are always learning, and that outright failure, it’s an unavoidable part of the process. At least for me.
Handplanes I made more then 30 years ago. The smallest one never really worked well but I’ve kept it for sentimental reason, and as a reminder that we are always learning, and that outright failure, it’s an unavoidable part of the process. At least for me.

This afternoon I need to knock together two sets of sawhorses so I took a moment to sketch out the design I’ve migrated to. I thought I would share it here as some of my Fox and kayak builders have asked for suggestions for sawhorses designs.

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