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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March 16, 2014

A former student shared this photo of his daughter paddling a Willow he built in a class several years back. The shot was taken in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
A former student shared this photo of his daughter paddling a Willow he built in a class several years back. The shot was taken in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

The newsletter I sent out last Sunday, or rather the response to it has been great fun. I’ve heard back from many old friends. Some shared photos of boats they have finished, others related adventures they’ve enjoyed on the water.

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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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January 19, 2014

011914-1We’ve had the same sort of  ‘all over the place weather’ in Maine that the rest of the country has been experiencing.  Heavy early season snow and deep cold followed by an unseasonably warm spell. Now, more snow, and later this week the return of subzero nights.  It’s just weather and it’s best to roll with it.  Last Sunday walking in the woods, it felt like early spring with open patches of ground and free flowing open water in the middle of the streams. Today, one week later, it’s back to a snowy landscape and a morning of snow blower and shovel work.

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