of On Deck log entries
the tone-setting post to this
February 04: When
it comes to building your own boats, it's a lot like potato
chips or home-baked oatmeal cookies ... betcha can't build just
And just as baseball always has a batter on deck, so I always
have a boat design on deck, waiting to be built.
too, that On Deck posts are a snapshot in time.
I dream of many more boats than I actually build, and some of
the boats mentioned here are still dreams and gleams, and because
this ain't baseball, there's room On Deck for
more than one boat at a time.
Rat meets ArcAngel -- I
began working a few weeks ago on a project that I've been
building in my head for months. I'm calling this design
of mine (my first!) the ArcAngel
a Church Mouse, really ...
crazy, man! he said -- Last
summer, while I was finishing the Harmonica, there was
a guy who stopped by a time or two to talk. He was enthusiastic
about my project. This spring, when he walked by, and
saw that I was building yet another boat, his comment
was different ...
boats, basement boats -- I've
decided on the next boat or two that I'm going to build.
This first one -- called the
Quark -- will be a warmup, a single-plywood
sheet canoe ...
you build a boat in the mind
-- After weeks of bone-chilling weather, unlike we've had
for many winters, there's been a warmup lately. Although
I'm not tricked by this, I do feel the dim belief that warmer
days and things like the building of backyard boats will
again be part of my life. Somebody say amen ...
container, the thing contained
-- At some point in my brilliant career as an undergraduated
student majoring in English literature, I heard a phrase that
I loved immediately and understood later, if at all ...
a boat, build a fleet
builder of boats is content with projects in hand? I would
wager that most of us have one or more boats in mind.I have
had my eye on a Jim Michalak prototype design called