Back At It (Whatever "It" Is)
So, Thanks for the comment from my friend, Martha, for finally reading this Blog after a year and a half, That makes her good until the middle of 2016. I started this blog so my friends could, if they wished, keep up on my progress. I discovered they mostly didn't wish. This week was a quasi productive endeavor. With clenched teeth we ventured forth and worked a while in the below 40° temperatures. It didn't last long and we declared a two day "weekend" in the middle of the week. We finally got a heater in the cat haus and started on the tillers. These things are bent laminations and required blocks placed exactly correctly (exactly correctly????) so they fit over the rudders and must each be bent in opposite directions toward the center of the boat.
Carefully placed blocks.
End view of carefully placed blocks. Then we glued up one tiller: six lamination with a bend
Budge and Chuck laminating the hell out of the white oak. Actually Ben and I did most of the work and budge stepped in for the photo op and to lay his hands upon the work in blessing. The weather was cold and we left the tiller clamped up for three days. This week was a lot of uninteresting stuff. We were finishing up the projects we started before Christmas: rudders gaffs and tillers, mostly small, uninteresting stuff, but essential. Friday, the gloom disappeared. The sun came out. The temperatures raised into the 60's. Birds were singing (OK it was only the local crow calling out- he was trying to make a long distance "caw"). Ben and I put the last two coats of epoxy in the rudders and mast case.
Wait..........that's the tiller
Fly stuck in epoxy.
'Nother fly stuck. Nothing is ever perfect!
Patches in the rudder where Ben's overzealous work with a sander exposed raw wood necessitating reapplication of glass and epoxy. Ok so this is not interesting..........Hey, I glued on some gaff blocks!
OK, Okay, also not interesting............Ben working out the process:
"Sometimes I sits and thinks; sometimes I just sits" We started cutting out the motor boxes.........worst plans ever.
Yet another musician with an interesting life.
Chuck! Send money!
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It's important, I think...........
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