Monday, April 14, 2008

Pick a name, any name.

One of my students is a graphic artist and a closet wooden boat lover. When he heard that I was going to be offering a class in cedar strip canoe building, he was really excited.

While he was very passionate about wooden boats, he didn't have much woodworking experience and occasionally would be a bit nervous around the tools and would also be a bit discouraged with his progress. I thought that he did quite well, and came a long way with his woodworking skills as he built his canoe.

Staples are used to hold the strips in place while the glue cures. He used LOTS of them. There were jokes going around the class that he had so many staple holes in his canoe that it would never float. He had staples at the forms, between the forms and anywhere he felt that the strips might be lifting. And then, if he was in doubt, he added a few more staples. The canoe had so many staples, it was actually heavy to lift when moving back and forth to the barn before and after class. I think it took three of us the better part of a class period to remove all of the staples before fairing the hull.

We finally decided that the boat should be named The Arrow. Not because of the fact that it was going to be a fast boat, but because of these:

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