Scarlett has grown into a far more helpful studio cat. Here she continues the weathering process on the underside of the Sea House Pavilion Squat roof, while I work on building a wee skiff.
I eBayed this vintage 1989 Midwest Products skiff model. I love this kit for many reasons: The superior 36-page construction manual and a full-size plan. Each of the 117 steps has a little checkbox next to it, to track one’s progress. Shipbuilding vocabulary: inwales, cleats, chafing plank, stem and false stem. strongback, painter, breasthook, skeg, knee and quarter knee, transom, fairing.
Here is step 109, inwales:
Even with the apprentice skill level 1 rating, there was still plenty of late night swearing, especially setting up the framing. I realized very early on how glad I was that the finished model would be heavily weathered.
Making the oars was possibly my favorite part. They’re built from dowels and stripwood, whittled and sanded into final shape. (Still have to varnish the second one.)
The outdoor shower is old Reutter Porcelain, tragically discontinued. One of my all time favorite pieces!
At some point, the Sea House Pavilion was retrofitted with sturdy brackets (much like the foundation of the SH Warming Hut.)
Made much easier this time by cutting the components on the Cricut machine. I used the scoring tool to mark angle folds and placement of the bolts, which are two dots thick. (Note to self: hmmmm, maybe make available to sell? Have good metallic cardstock by Neenah. Am thinking of drawing contemporary and or retro wrought iron patterns, too?)
Recently, most of my building has been in the quiet of late night. Scarlett keeps me company on the studio thinking couch. Good kitty.