VOL. 59 – Customer Projects

VOL. 59 – Customer Projects

The Scouts have finally finished the boats we started nearly two years ago and wanted to get these photos of the boys taking them out on Beaver Lake earlier this month.  It was a perfect evening to go out and the boys really enjoyed themselves.  The sense of pride in their faces knowing that they build something that actually floated was great to see.

I would like to thank you again on behalf of the 3rd Douglas Scout Group for your generous donation of material to make this project happen.

Thanks

Mike Dwyer

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Customer Projects Vol.58

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We have some talented customers! This is someone’s layup of there next project…


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Poetic Justice – an innovative idea by Bruce Obee of North Saanich, BC

The dreaded miracle moulding has made a comeback as something useful—a drying rack for oiled fir.


Sailboat by Roy Morford after selling his Acorn 15 he built this next (with meranti ply from us). He’s starting to build a new sailboat, an Argie 15.

From Air to Water

In Memoriam

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air-to-water-largeMy father (1919-2013) was born with salt water in his veins.  Boats were it for him.  And although not formally trained as a naval architect he was a self-taught boat designer and member of the Society of Small Craft Designers.  My childhood holds memories of him spending long evenings – night after night – hunched over his drafting table deep in the dungeon of our basement.

One of his customers was William (Bill) Smith – an airborne pilot and member of the BC Forest Service.  Bill had a dream and came to dad.  Together they came up with a design and a plan.  Unfortunately, he contracted Lou Gehrig’s Disease and as I was still ‘knee high to a grasshopper’ my details are sketchy.  I do however remember the hours both my Dad and Bill spent on this project.  Sadly Bill died far too young before achieving his dream.

I do not recall what happened to Bill’s family or the boat – which was never finished.  I do have a vague recollection of Margaret (Bill’s wife) finding a seller for the hull.  As I was sorting through my dad’s boxes and file cabinets (I’m talking income taxes from 1957; utility bills from the 80’s) I did come across this photo (below right) and felt it deserved sharing.

We all have dreams.  Certainly Jan has more than his fair share.  Long may they live.  And if we only see a quarter to closure, we are surely blessed.

Volume 56: Customer Projects

Thanks to this month’s contributors for submitting photos and details of there projects.

Yellow Cedar Chest

by David L Johnson

His photo also came with this lovely testimonial, thanks David!

Many months ago, you folks helped me in my search for some top-of-the-line yellow cedar for a carving project.  You found a log on North Vancouver Island. It was milled shipped to you, and you alerted me to its arrival. I came, selected some pristine timber and went away poorer but happy! The project was a wedding present for my son and now daughter-in-law. You asked if you could have a photo of the results, which delighted all concerned. Many thanks again to all of you for your fine service and knowledge.

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Guitar & Douglas-fir Bar

Patrick Poulin made the beautiful guitar, it was a hobby project and will be his first and last guitar. Come on Patrick! We know talent when we see it!

Kevin Morrin made the bar top and had this to say about his West Wind experience:

I found a great slab of fir in your loft this fall, and you help plane and cut the mitres. It all came together really well and I’m really happy with how the bar top ended up looking. Thanks for the extra time spend addressing some issues with the measurements. On the hunt for another project now!

Great Kevin, you know where to find us!

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We shared Eric Letham‘s completed project last issue, this month we get a peak at his latest work-in-progress.

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Our customer Matt Dolmage was busy over the holidays with creating more beautiful guitars and speakers.

Beautifully crafted chair by Steve Kristoffy. This chair can be available on special order. Contact Steve if your interested in having one of these made for yourself!

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Customer Projects Vol: 55

Herbert the Boat by Eric Letham

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Herbert is a Sam Devlin designed Candlefish 16 built out of Joubert marine mahogany using the stitch and glue method. Powered by a 20 horse outboard, it moves along nicely with two to three adults and a load of camping and fishing gear. The boat calls Shuswap Lake home, but has spent some time on the Pacific as well, chasing salmon and scenery.

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September Customer Projects Vol.54

Thanks for all of you who submitted your projects for this month’s newsletter, we continue to be impressed and inspired.

Nightheron Canoe

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Brad W. of Alberta built this Nightheron 18 canoe. Stripped with yellow cedar from us. His next project is a Prospector 15 using our western red cedar canoe strips. Nice work!

Baby Cradle

 

Ernest Wahl finished this cradle with some milling help from us. Just in time before his Grandaughter was born!

Planes, Trains and Automobiles!

Made from wood out of our shorts pile, these toys were winter projects for Robert Scott on Saltspring Island.

Guitars & More

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Summer projects by Matt Dolmage include guitars and some very cool retro speakers. Check out his online store!

FOR SALE: One Dream Too Many – $500

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Material to Build Two “Nymph” Canoes – Sold as one Complete Package – Includes:

Drawings from Guillemont Kayaks – One Set (Value $90)         

Wood Strips (Value $600):
Sitka Spruce (55 strips) at 1/8” x ¾” x 12’ long
Western Red Cedar (54 strips) at 1/8” x ¾” x 12’ long
Sapele Mahogany (41 strips) at 1/8” x ½” x 12’ long

MDF Strips (Value $160)
¾” MDF – Cut in strips for mould station
6 pieces at 16” x 8’ long
14 pieces at 8” x 8’ long
14 pieces at 1” x 8’ long

If you have the dream, this could bring you closer to it. Contact us if you are interested!

The Dorothy Project

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“Not only is she beautiful as boats go with her fine lines, but she is also a fine sailing boat, fast for her size, gentle to handle, and extremely seaworthy. And she is a lucky boat, too, in that her owners have always, somehow, managed to maintain her, repair her, and restore her in such a way that she is now fully restored, still sailing, and still looking beautiful.”

– H.C. Charlesworth (Former Owner), Dorothy I, A Sailor’s Legacy.

Dorothy experienced 11 owners in her life before her donation to the Maritime Museum of B.C. in 1995.  Under the auspices of the MMBC, she sailed proudly until February 2003 when she was taken out of the water in February 2003 and put into storage.

For nine years she stayed dry-docked at the SALTS tallship society. Hard decisions had to be made about her care. The Museum was rapidly being drained of the legacy fund to storage fees, but a full restoration was extremely expensive and they were unlikely to find someone to do it for what they could afford. Dorothy waited.

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There was so much wrong with her – bad repairs, dissimilar metals that broke down the wood, mysterious rot around her keel – it was suggested to the Museum she might as well be burned or left to die. Shipwright Tony Grove heard this assessment of doom. And based on his thirty years of experience in building and restoring wooden boats, just couldn’t believe she was beyond repair and decided to take a look. The ‘Friends of Dorothy’ rallied.

Today, Dorothy has somehow survived to be Canada’s oldest functioning sailboat, and is about to be restored to glory – to race again in 2014!  And so, after 9 years in dry storage, Dorothy was trucked to Gabriola Island where the rest of Dorothy’s story will be written.

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How can you become part of a community that cares about our maritime history; enjoy bragging rights as valued contributor to the restoration of this 166 year old vessel; take pleasure in privileged access to behind-the-scenes footages, images, stories?

Contact Tobi Elliott @ dorothysails@gmail.comor call 604-832-7034.

Visit dorothysails.com to sign up for “Dorothy in the Grove”. This subscription service gives you behind-the-scenes access to the rebuilding of Dorothy; includes videos, how-to’s, audio podcasts and photos unique to Dorothy supporters.

Contact Tobi Elliott @ dorothysails@gmail.comor call 604-832-7034.

SUBMIT YOUR DOROTHY PHOTOS!  Archival photos of ‘Dorothy’ through the century; let us know if you can help out!

Contact Tobi Elliott @ dorothysails@gmail.com or call 604-832-7034.

Did you get the message yet?!  Give Toby a shout now!!

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Thanks to Tony, Tobi and the crew at Dorothy Sails for use of their images.