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My past few weeks have been pretty awesome all things considered. I got to work on a 1917 Crosby Catboat that was recently donated to the Wind and Oar Boat school, and the group of us working on it enjoyed making fun of the “repair” work done by one of the previous owners. It turns out one of the previous owners REALLY likes Bondo. As we stripped away paint, bondo, and fiberglass, we enjoyed the moments where what was underneath got revealed. At times we could call out “looks like original wood!” and at times it was “good god, the bondo is 1/2″ thick with a manky piece of plywood underneath!” Either way, the camaraderie was good, and despite the cold weather it was good fun.

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I have also started teaching 3 of the 4 classes I’ll be teaching with the Wind and Oar Boat School for the next few months, which was great. To prepare for one I had to create a prototype and kits for 20 scale models of the Bevin’s Skiff, which I thoroughly enjoyed. New classes are always an interesting challenge. You don’t know the students, and the format is a bit different than I’m used to. For those reasons and others, the start of these classes had me feel a bit insecure as first, but in that way that makes me want to work harder at what I can to improve how the classes are run. That feels pretty good. In one of the classes, the students will be building a Penobscot 13, designed by Arch Davis. Those of us with the school have been very impressed with the quality of his plans and instructions as well as how quickly he responds to questions. It looks like we have a fantastic group of students in that class and I am excited to see that boat in particular go together.

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The thing that hasn’t been so cool is that my heal has been slow to heal.  Last Friday I had my 4 week follow up appointment, and the doctor told me to continue using crutches for 9 more days till my next follow up. That appointment is scheduled for this coming Monday, but its been difficult for me to spend the past 5 weeks unable to go kayaking, sailing, hiking, skiing or biking. Its been difficult to even get much woodworking done, and its been keeping me from putting as much effort as I would like into a variety of projects I have going on. Progress on the Shearwater has stagnated, and I have whales that I wanted to finish weeks ago that I still need to create pieces for. To maintain sanity, I’ve come up with some smaller projects I can work on with my foot up or while seated.

After a day trip to the coast during which I did a bit of sketching at Ecola State park, I did the following watercolor, and I kinda like how it turned out. I also did a nice sketch of the St Johns bridge last weekend, but I severely botched the watercoloring on it. I won’t be sharing that one. Oh well, I suppose when you are learning something new, you have to embrace the fact that you will make mistakes.

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I also began my own ditty bag apprenticeship, mostly using the instructions in The Sailmakers Apprentice. Why not? I’d learn a bit about sewing, and some day after I have the use of both feet again, I will eventually have my small sailboat. When that is the case, the skills developed might even become relevant? Either way, it would keep my hands busy for a while. So I walked myself into a fabric store, bought a yard of 12oz Canvas, and set myself to work. As something to do when I can’t get out in my boats, I have found the project surprisingly satisfying though I think I might have also just raised myself into higher echelon of nerdyness. Well, so be it. It would appear that I am well on my way to having a ridiculously overbuilt and salty looking bag, and that amuses me. With a bit of luck, I will be off crutches by midday Monday, and I will be able to get back out on the water as well as getting back to work on a variety of projects. Wish me luck.

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