Monday, December 08, 2008


Title pinched from Canada…Nice one Tana!

As threatened, More (bang up to date this time) snaps published here. Hope you like them, I set up the scaffold tower special and everything.

So passed another weekend of what’s beginning to feel like engineering in wood, as illustrated by my first porthole surround, fashioned from six precisely shaped pieces of teak, and the fact that I am finding the 0.3mm imperfection in the join on the left of the circle immensely annoying. I have a suspicion I’m a little short-fused at the mo.
Eagle eyes may also spot the torn corner of the return lintel on the port side after we dropped a critically and immensely carefully shaped piece on the deck on Sunday morning, it’s fixable (requiring cutting out and fitting a patch before assembling the mitre, and planing flush after), but my, did the air turn briefly and deafeningly blue, then thundery quiet after it happened. This led to the introduction of a New Rule: Don’t fackin’ let go, Alright?
Indeed, getting all those raked window frames and all their compound angles to fit just so is providing just the right conditions for creative and colourful expletive practise.
Speaking of conditions I’m told we experienced temperatures of four below on Saturday night. This presented two new and interesting experiences for us. Firstly the propane bottle that fed our big space heater froze up and prevented sufficient gas pressure from getting to the burners, with the result that after 10pm we were all froze up too. Bed inevitably followed soon after. Secondly, on waking Sunday morning Mark and I decided to get inventive in our thermal solutions. In a process known as ‘donning the tramps underpants’ we took reams of newspaper and shoved it down our trousers all around our legs, where it remained for the rest of the day. It proved surprisingly effective and warm once I got used to feeling like a walking recycling bin.
So. Still not done yet, but next weekend it’s theoretically possible to get the window section screwed, glued and finally beaten.


Anonymous Marc said...

That is some exemplary woodwork! and the raked windows are a really nice touch too. I've alwas been somewhat of a woodworker but this just blows me away, great job so far.

7:24 pm  
Blogger bowiechick said...

You're most welcome though I can't claim it as my own as it is a Canadian-ism also meaning cabin fever.

5:06 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said... are you going to fit those washingmachine-windows into those frames? They were a classic!

5:04 am  
Blogger steve said...

Every time i come back to look at this it blows me away, puts our screws-and-plywood efforts to shame!

Just don't forget to pack it all with Celotex too, or you'll only be able to enjoy it for 6 months of the year, as we're finding at the moment with our wheelhouse...

9:52 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Madre would agree - you can never underestimate how much insulation you need
a) against the cold (we're on dry land but up againt -4°C outdoors in Central France and a +2°C upstairs indoor wetroom) Ratings and thinking on insulation foil have changed and we were governed at the time by cash.
b) in the summer you want to keep the boat cool!
Heed Steve's advice!

11:33 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR to WENDY ANN 2. Enjoy all the wonderful decorations and improvements that you earn this 2009.

Seb's Madre xx
10 January 2009

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