Thursday, July 31, 2008

more Choises

Ok, here is another book i found at the library. this uses the plywood method of kayak building. the book is very easy to read and the instructions are simple to understand. now all i have to decide is what method to use. paddling is a lot of fun, but i think i am drawn to the beauty of the piece, the smooth lines, the glowing finish.....i might just have to try one of each!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Fantasies in Wood

I have finally found the one wood working project that has totally captured my imagination, even though I live in South Dakota – the farthest you can possibly live from an ocean in the United States - I want to build a sea kayak. This weekend I found a book by Nick Schade, The Strip-Built Sea Kayak.

The process is so simple, the costs are reasonable. I have the space, but never the time. I have the tools and the talent. We are surrounded by plenty of lakes and rivers to use the kayak, im thinking of an 11’ boat like this…. This is a picture of a Little Auk built by Jean Yves Drouet from France. Thanks for the picture Jean, I got it from the Guillemot Kayaks site….

This might even be better than my idea of pet caskets!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Crunch Time!

4-H Achievement days are here again! and the B-man is working hard on two wood projects this year. one is a jungle puzzle where he cut out animals and trees with the scroll saw and the other is a wooden box in the shape of a cowboy boot. I'm thinking purple ribbons all the way around.
ill post pics when he takes them in.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The Wife Wants......

one of these.......

i just got the latest issue of Workbench Magazine and of course the wife grabbs it before i have a chance to look at it... then i hear my name being yelled and she says "you know you could build this really easy"
if you want to look into this yourself check out this months issue or go to i think that it would work, if i can find the time to do it.. should fit above the french door below.

Oh Well, back to the shop!

Monday, July 14, 2008


of the labor... the camp box works great!