Sunday, March 26, 2017

While I was sick. ..

While I am being sick with a cold Warren is being quite productive and making me feel guilty. I did manage to drag my sorry butt down there to get a short video for you.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Sharp tools and signs of spring

We wanted to say a special thanks to some folks.
This season we are starting off with newly sharpened chisels , slicks and plane blades thanks to the amazing sharpening skills of Mike Illingworth of Cap Pele, NB. As much as we try not to, our tools take a terrible workout throughout the year and while we give them a cursory  filing and sharpening  our skills cannot even come close to Mike's.
These tools are anywhere from 10 to 100 years old and work just like new. Thank you, Mike. Also thank you to Art Keeble for picking up and delivering the tools. We appreciate it very much.

We read quite a bit throughout the cold winter  nights and we also appreciate the folks who pass on great maritime books for us, either on loan or just give them too us. We love to read about the history of our ancestors  and shipbuilding/sailing in general.  Actually, we read anything that has an interesting story and that relates to our history.
So, thank you to Charles Manthorne, Randolph Pope, Keith Knott and others who have been so kind as to share their love of books with us. Here's a small sample

We did manage to get in the shop one afternoon and got a little more decking laid but since then I have been held up with a nasty cold. Horrible stuff. We are looking forward to the better weather and the visitors that seem to come along with it.
Have a great spring.

Friday, March 17, 2017

The wearin' o the green

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all. The day when everyone has a little Irish in them no matter where you're from.

We were able to work on Lena Blanche a few days in March. So we did a little more decking and managed to get a start on the rail

We have also had quite a few visitors lately.
Our Nova Scotia friends brought guests from Toronto,  our New Brunswick friends brought visitors from Germany and we've had people stop in who just wanted to check on the progress. What an amazing opportunity we've had to meet so many people from different countries and walks of life.
We have decided on a colour for the vessel.  Drum roll please.........
Poison Ivy Green. Or as close as we can get to that amazing shade.
Here's an idea of what it will look like,

This isn't the exact colour but close enough for the model.
We will continue to finish out the decking and rails and by the time that's done hopefully the better weather will be here.  😉