Sept 3, 2006
Rainy damp cold Labor Day weekend. Too rainy and
cold to go out in the boat, might as well get an early
start on one of this winters boat building projects.
The new boat, Indian
Girl, is a 12'6" canoe, large enough
for one adult and maybe one small grandchild(which
I have plenty) to be used for exploring Belle Isle
Marsh and Pamet Harbor down the Cape. The boat will
be built from scratch using plans purchased and designed
by David Nichols of Austin, Texas.
The past couple of days have been spent reviewing
the plans and the accompanying DVD. Then working from
a set of offsets I have begun to draw or loft the
station molds which will form the shape of the canoe.
These station molds will not become part of the finished
hull but will only be used to bend the plywood around
them during the construction after which they will
Jan 21, 2007
Now that winter and some really cold weather has
finally arrived, progress on Indian Girl, the 12'6"
canoe has proceeded along at a faster clip. The ladder
frame on which the boat will be built has been set
up. The station molds which will form the shape of
the hull have positioned, fastened to the ladder frame
and braced. The laminated bow and stern stems that
we fabricated earlier have also been positioned and
fastened to the ladder frame.
Since plywood generally is only manufactured in eight
and ten foot lengths the next phase of work consisted
of scarfing two pieces of plywood together to form
a twelve foot plus length of plywood to form the bottom
of the canoe.
Jan 29, 2007
More progress. Assembling and glassing the bottom.
Feb 3, 2007
It was a busy Saturday morning down at the shop today.
We had to build a doll house and epoxy a plank in
place on the new canoe we're currently building.
We then shifted gears and did the final fitting
of the next plank on our new canoe "Winnimmiset".
Christopher and Emily put on their work aprons and
applied a coat of epoxy to both sides of the joint
while Elvin and Papi prepared the clamps. Emily constantly
reminded Papi not to over tighten the clamps. Thanks
to Emily, Elvin and Christopher the plank went down
beautifully. At this rate we should have the entire
hull planked completely by next week.