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About SGraham

  • Birthday 05/20/1959

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    Glendora, California
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    Playing bluegrass (mandolin, guitar, tenor guitar), building and restoring musical instruments, kayaking, reading

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  1. I think those old wood/canvas canoes are some of the most graceful watercraft around. How cool to bring a couple of them back to life! Good to meet another folbot fan!
  2. Thanks j and Grandpa Phil! Chris, that is indeed lovely beach-front property in the pic! We were paddling in Monterey Bay. That's Cannery Row and the Monterey Aquarium of the Pacific in the background. Great day last spring with harbor seals and sea otters everywhere. Roger, I'm a big fan of the old folbots. Ours is an early seventies folding 17 1/2-foot-long Super. How cool that you built one! You live in some prime paddling country, I would imagine.
  3. Hi there J and friends! I went and got married, can you believe it? She's a gal I went to high school with just after Noah's Flood. So, there's a new admiral around the shipyard now. The photo I have appended shows me taking her for a spin in the admiral's barge along with the Captain of the Fleet. We're approaching the end of a year-long remodel of our home. The last thing to do will be to set the shop back up. It's been used as a storage locker since last April. I hope to be back to working on the waterboat soon. Steve
  4. Jesse, what an accomplishment! Your build is literally breathtaking! This quote of yours sums up why I love the art of ship modeling. It makes us look at and notice things with new eyes. That's a gift to us from the art. And you succeeded in passing it along. Congratulations on your finished Syren, and thanks for sharing! Steve
  5. The shrouds look so trim and good, Sam. I'm glad to hear they found what the problem was. Why is it that whenever work slows down, everything goes off half-cocked? Steve
  6. I got a little bit more work done on the waterboat. I covered the aft part of the false keel (not sure what it's called) with some thin maple... ...ran up a bunch of maple planking... ...got out the bending iron I use on instrument sides... ...and started shaping and bending planks. Here are the first three on each side installed. The planks are not completely flush with each other, but I left them pretty thick so there should be plenty of material available to get them nice and fair. At least that's the plan
  7. I did some fairing of the bulkheads this morning while it was still cool enough to work in the garage. Actually, fairing bulkheads as the sun comes up with a mug of strong coffee on the bench is a nice way to start the day. I recommend it. If you notice, the third bulkhead forward of the transom has pencil marking on it. I need to add a little bit of wood right there on the turn of the bilge to enable the planking to have a place to sit. I cut that corner a bit too lean on the saw. I'm doing the fairing with a flexible batten with a strip of sandpaper attached to
  8. The more I look at it, the less I think I'm going to use it. I'm trying to think of a boat-building timber that would look even remotely like it and I can't. It might make a nice looking ukulele, though.
  9. Today I did some very basic construction on the waterboat's small cockpit. I used maple which will be stained later. The sides are all sticking up high and oversized. I'm planning on sanding them off flush with the subdecking after I install it. The floor of the cockpit will be planked but with the edges of the planks not quite touching, leaving enough room for water to drain out between them, I assume. The planks will sit on narrow risers. I'm thinking of doing the planking of the cockpit sole in sycamore. It has an interesting grain pattern. Here's a photo of
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