boat progress 3

hours to date: 93
hours remaining: 25 – 110
bugs attached to resin: 17
random attached to resin: 1 fern, 1 feather, 2 pieces of origami
tools located in shop (not purchased after all): 20 clamps, random orbital sander
new tools required: shopvac, tiny plane, 20 additional clamps, router+2 round-over bits

people who’ve helped: Alice, Molly
people with very useful advice: Matt and Orin
people who’ve kibbitzed: JT, Al, Aerin, Jared

most drawn out process so far: shaping the dagger board
most un-nerving moment so far: cutting a hole in the bottom of a perfectly good boat
far easier than expected: using a router
poetry committed: 1

potential names: Ursa Minor

Pond(ering)

Last weekend Aerin found John Masefield’s Sea Fever and read it aloud while I was sanding down lumps of solid epoxy. It was kind of her to keep me company, and the poem spoke to me, but I realized it had NOTHING to do with the feelings I was after, and the reasons I was building a boat. So I rewrote it for myself.

With Apologies to John Masefield:

I must go out on the pond again, to the place near the river bend
and all I ask is a small ship, some wind, and maybe a friend;
and the rudder bangs, and the breeze whispers, and the tan sail flapping
and the shining sun on the midday pond, and hungry ducks quacking

I must go out on the pond again, for the call of the being afloat
is a strange thing, a persistent thing, and only requires a boat
and all I ask is a breezy day, with clouds quickly skimming
and the children shriek and the paddles flash, and the wild geese swimming

I must go out on the pond again, but only the afternoon
for the pond is small, and close to home, and I’ll be coming back soon
and all I ask is a tasty supper, from the bbq shack on the way
and a quick unload and peaceful nap, at the end of a sunny day

boat progress 2

hours to date: 75
hours remaining: 45 – 125
bugs attached to resin: 7
random attached to resin: 1 fern, 1 feather, 2 pieces of origami
tools located in shop (not purchased after all): 20 clamps, random orbital sander
new tools required: shopvac, tiny plane, 20 additional clamps

people who’ve helped: Alice, Molly
people who’ve kibbitzed: JT, Al, Aerin, Jared

potential names:
Ursa Minor
Crow Feather
Raven’s Wing
Elephant’s Tusk
Patchwork Girl
My Favorite Plum
Boaty

boat progress

hours to date: 47
hours remaining: 75-145?
bugs attached to resin: 3
foliage attached to resin: 1 fern
potential names:

Ursa Minor
Raven’s Wing
Elephant’s Tusk
Patchwork Girl
My Favorite Plum
Boaty

pictures of progress, some seen already, roughly in order…

strange peoples

strange peoples

I’ve been working on these people sporadically over the last couple of weeks. I originally thought of them as totems, but I don’t thing they are representing anything important enough. So they are just strange peoples for the moment.

Al looked at two on the wall downstairs and declared they were not “chewy” enough, which I think means they need more stuff. I have beads, and heavy thread, and I was even thinking about paint and stencils and then I started looking up laser cutters and fell down this rabbit hole and had to stop and fan myself.

In the boat department – the shelter is up and has survived the spectacular thunderstorms that rolled through. Tomorrow I shall find better stakes for holding it down because it is, as Alice correctly points out, one giant sail held temporarily horizontal. The weather is slated to clear out and cool off Wednesday and Thursday, so I will finish making plans and start unpacking the boat box then.

polar moon

polar moon.jpg

polar moon, 2017
blue fabrics, stitched
beads, buttons, found things
$85 framed

I’ve been working steadily on these smaller pieces, interspersed with working on the tall thin figures that are kind of haunting me.

I like the little pieces. They can be finished. They absorb a lot of thread and beads and foolishness, and they don’t eat up a lot of time. Also thinking about ice bergs and polar bears and moonlight makes me feel cooler. Slightly.

Take to the sea

Over the weekend I took myself off to Annapolis to partake in Okoume Festival 2017 at Chesapeake Light Craft World Headquarters.

I have been thinking about building a boat forever, basically, but I have doubts. I joked that if I could sew a boat, I’d start in a heartbeat… and I discovered that is a possibility! Stitch and glue kits for boats are made by several companies, and CLC had exactly what I wanted – easy to build, car-top or trailerable, rowing and sailing, holds four or five – all the things I required. Because I wanted to touch one before embarking on such a big project (I normally work on pieces 12″ square on the outside!) Alice and I went to look at boats.

We had a great weekend: Friday was driving and lunch and admiring the vessels on saw horses and trailers on land. Saturday was on the beach where all the examples of kyaks, dinghies, dorys, ocean rowing shells, prams and etc. were present and usable. Alice and I sailed and rowed and compared notes, and we think we have the  next project. Meet CLC Skerry, kit bought, to ship May 30, plus or minus.

I’ll keep you posted how things go. It will make for breaks between doses of artwork!