Learning Curves 1

For the past couple of weeks, I have been busy building a small wooden canoe.  The prototype is J. Henry Rushton’s 10’6″ Wee Lassie.  Every part of this boat is salvaged wood, the actual planking is from a pallet discarded by the furniture store down the street.  Fourteen pieces of spruce, 1″x 4″x 6′, rough plain sawn lumber that with a bit of planing and ripping became close-grained quarter-sawn strips.  Evan and I have become quite good at making up scarf joints with matching grain.

fitting the stem
IMG_1178the molds with ribbands IMG_1185  four strips and a lot of clamps, beginning to look like a boat IMG_1189fitting the next strip while glue sets up on the last one.  mold #1 nearest the stem, requires the strips to twist inward while making an inverse bend.
IMG_1190One of the many reasons this project is taking so long.
IMG_1194

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About michaellangford2012

Timber framer, boatbuilder, dreamer, writer, musician; collector of books, tools, aphorisms. "There is nothing, absolutely nothing…half so much worth doing…as simply messing about in boats."
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6 Responses to Learning Curves 1

  1. Paleotool says:

    I can’t wait to see more! My first canoe was based on the Wee Lassie. I widened it up and rounded the bottom a bit and caller her the Fat Lassie. Good luck!

  2. itznu says:

    seems to me, once you can see the shape of the boat, most the work is done. It adds enthusiasm and you start to work faster. The design choices and methods don’t have many options after that. Gotta get through the various tediums of finishing before enthusiasm wanes, yaknow?

    • Getting on the water is the goal, everything else is preparation.
      I agree, a great part of the work is in the design, then you just have to exercise the patience and skill to see it through. This one is only partly about the boat and it’s particular shape, and more about (seriously) starting a revolution. I want people to build these small, light crate and explore upstream. Downstream canoe and kayak runs ultimately consume a lot of gasoline, and I’m fed up with that as an “environmental” ethic.

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