Tuesday, January 25, 2011

High Tide

This was a strange day. I came home from school and the porch had water on it. No, the hose wasn't leaking. I opened the door, stepped over the threshold and the water went over my sneaker tops. Good thing I don't wear high tops. It was just like getting off SILENT MAID in Chestertown last year at high tide. At first, it was intereting and then the realization of magnitude of the disater hit me. I walked into the kitchen and waterfalls were cascading down from the light fixtures and each corner of the skylight. What to do? I braved the waterfall and found the shut-off. I waded through house to see. It was so cool and unrealistic at the same time. There is not supposed to be this much water inside your house. The ebb had begun, but every room but the northeast bedroom had standing water. Called Pete, he came home and got some friends over with water vacs. I cried really hard and then got busy cutting up carpet. The floor is concrete so once the carpet was out, the concrete vacuumed and dried pretty quick. Lots of books in the trash. Going to try and save a few by inducucing freezer burn in the fridge.

Friday, January 21, 2011


Began lofting the Whaleboat on Thursday. 4 sheets of luan were screwed to the floor and painted white. A baseline was snapped on and penciled in. 9 stations were set up from the baseline with 3-4-5 triangles and the 4 waterlines were marked out.
JS"bach and the CHIMAY team hung the last two planks and trimmed them with a slick. Jeff & Gina were working on MISLEADING LADY.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Tues night, Mike & I laid out and cut the rest of the ash oar blanks. Andy had cut a set earlier. We are making them with a rib down the center and not spoons. I had already made the template earlier. The are heavy. ooh, way heavy. I hope it is because the wood is a bit wet. Couldn't find the small power plane, so we ended the night with work on chocks and cleats. Marking and drilling holes.
We bent another set of planks for gaff jaws and I glued up the last set and put in another group to soak. When I walked in the shop, late afternoon, SILENT MAID, the original, had been shifted over four feet to make way for the lofting of the whaleboat. This is very exciting.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Friday, January 14, 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Nite Snow

Stayed a bit later to enjoy the quiet after a busy day. Pete worked on the sink for SILENT MAID. I glued up a pre-bent gaff jaw and bent another soaked set of staves. Highlight was to layout a pattern for three pair of ash oars for the museum's in water sharpies and tuckups. Snow kept the TSCA attendance down, but was very pretty.

Friday, January 7, 2011


Thursdays are always busy at the shop. Newt, Gina, Andy and Jeff were working on SILENT MAIDs cradle, John S'B and Charles hung another plank on the Comet. (She may be painted blue like the trappist beer bottles) They also did a bit of rot chasing. John B received the new V-drive for MISLEADING LADY.


Mike and Paul came in to help out and we got another gaff jaw lamination glued up, a gaff jaw pre-bent on a new form, FISH STIX spars marked for rigging, Paul started making blanks for new 4" cleats. He and Mike sanded the tuckup spars and I gave them another coat of varnish. The crew was severely reduced by illness.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Tent for FISH STIX

Hers blew away in the last big windstorm.

Monday, January 3, 2011


Here is the support beam for Silent Maids keel being fitted by John and Andy.

The comet is getting more bottom planks.

Famous Writer

Kent Mountford was at the boatshop today mugging for my camera while shooting images for his book about SILENT MAID.
He writes in Bay

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Quanset Pond and Nauset

Dawn and foggy on day two of the new year.