Jan's Day Off: The West Wind Flyer - West Wind Hardwood

This is not Jan’s Day Off – This is Jan’s Month(s) Off.

It’s been talk for many, many years.  Then justification made it a reality.

  1. Perth, ON was celebrating its 200th Anniversary as a Military Settlement this year.

As Jean S. McGill wrote in her earlier book:  A Pioneer History of the County of Lanark, “The industrial revolution of the century previous had continued to displace tradesmen and craftsmen throughout the British Isles. Now, with the end of the War … , Great Britain was overrun with discharged soldiers also seeking employment. Something had to be done quickly ….”

Second, …the British Government had recognized that a loyal population must be established inland away from the St. Lawrence ‘front’ as a second line of defence in any future (American) threat.”

  1. Shelley’s ancestors were in the first wave of Scottish immigrants in 1816.

Opening the uncharted area north of the Rideau system offered a creative, if challenging, solution to both problems. In early 1815, the British Government commenced an emigration program that offered land and support, including transportation, to families from Scotland, joined by discharged soldiers, willing to take up a new life in this isolated part of Upper Canada.

This is the story of two Ferrier brothers (my great-great-maybe another great Grandfather and Uncle) – John and Abraham – of Kirkintilloch, Scotland, who immigrated to Canada with their families in 1815, in response to the British Government’s offer of free land. It is also a story of the hardships faced by these early Scots who volunteered to pioneer a relatively unknown area of the world, based on little more than promises of government support – that sometimes proved unreliable.

waterside hamlet

Waterside Hamlet (Kirkintilloch), north of Glasgow, Scotland, on the Luggie River

  1. Years before, Shelley’s cousin Janet and husband settled in the Tay Valley. Janet’s husband, Dave is active with the Celebration Committee and manages this website: http://www.perthhs.org.  What better excuse for a mini-family reunion in such a historically and genealogically rich area?!
  2. Lucy – the yellow Lab – eliminated the possibility of air travel. How to travel there without the chore of daily ‘tent up/tent down’ or less than desirable highway motels or truck stops.

And so Jan’s dream became reality and these pictures are worth more than words.

Setting up the molds for the glue-up on the deck platform.


Scarfing shorter lengths to make long lengths.


The 19’ laminated outer edge in the ‘tear-drop’ shape.


Notches for the cross-sections…..just like boxing in bent ribs for a boat.

The outside frame with door openings.


Upside Down Road Runner Trailer per Jan’s Specs



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