So Liz's boat is finished. I really like it. All the wood and varnish make it look special. I am eager to see her in it and on the water.
|His & hers.|
|Pram & Double paddle canoe|
My fleet is growing. Seems a bit crazy at times to have so many boats, but I am sure they said the same thing about Imelda Marcos and her shoes, and we know she was as sane as any of us, right? I think that building boats is like any addiction, "Hi, my name is Richard and I am a boat-aholic". Actually it feels more like a therapy, the way painting a canvas or throwing a clay pot, or playing guitar, are therapeutic as well as artistic.
I think I am ready for the next phase of my apprenticeship. I am not sure what that is but it feels like I have done the "One sheet of plywood, flat bottom boat" and of my own dimensions and could move on. Maybe a multi chined boat, maybe a stitch & glue, definitely a longer boat.
I like that these boats are inexpensive to build, really cheap, and use very little "milled" purchased wood. The plywood is a guilt trip for me to some degree. It takes a bit of manufacturing and shipping and cutting to make a sheet of plywood, as well as some chemicals that aren't so nice. I think these boats already have a limited life span because of the type of plywood, glue and finish I am using, so I go ahead and use the Plywood. If I could build a traditional planked boat, or dug out, all with found materials I would, but then again, I don't know that I could build the type of boats I would use with that method, so then why build at all? I have built 3 boats and used 5 sheets of plywood. I think that's OK. I don't feel too badly about it.
I think about building for other people but I don't know that anybody would want one of my boats. They are easy enough to build and I think people should just build their own if they want won.