My first order of business as a new board member was to visit the clubhouse. Ed Sturgeon was giving a lesson on spiling.

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The Clubhouse

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prep for the new pram planks-Arnt is shaving down the form to fit

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Brent is scribing a clean line ready for the new plank

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The bevel on the planks needs a precise angle

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This is a form they will use for measurements

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making intersecting arcs every 6 inches

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transfer those measurements onto your material

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fitting the new plank

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love these clamps and we need to make new ones

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plank was drilled and nailed

That is it for now.  See you Saturday April 20 for a workshop with Michael on block spiling method…Valerie

Upcoming projects

Fancy pram floorboards;  Recently begun – this is an excellent project for new boatbuilders to get involved with.

Cover for the Darcy;  We have obtained a couple of large sections of tarp, which would help make a great cover for the Darcy.  Darcy needs a cover to prevent her filling up with rainwater.  We need to make a frame for the tarp, and shape the tarp to fit.

Flashing for the Shed;  Not a glamorous project, but the Shed needs some maintenance too.  We have obtained a piece of flashing for installation above the sliding doors.  Hopefully this will cut down on the rain blowing in through the gap at the top of the doors.  There are several other small maintenance items that need attention as weather permits (roof leaks, window sealing, etc.)

Spiling;  As part of the ongoing construction of the Gartside Pram, Ed Sturgeon has offered to put on a workshop in mid-January on spiling planks.  This is essential knowledge for us to continue with the planking on the pram.  This will be a very interesting workshop, and all aspiring boat builders are encouraged to attend!

Music!

Music!

Amazing talent displayed by boat-building enthusiasts. This group kept us entertained with lots of favourite songs.

Winter activities in the Boat Shed

Winter is here and over the past few weeks we have been doing maintenance work on the Sam Mc and the Vogler.  The Sam Mc received new bottom paint, and then new topsides paint as well.  The seats have been removed for refinishing, and the top of the transom glued back together.  The Vogler has been scraped and sanded inside in preparation for paint once the weather warms up.

Upcoming projects include making floorboards for the Fancy Pram, and resumption of the construction of the Gartside Pram.

Repairs to the Sam Mac transom.
Repairs to the Sam Mc transom.
Sanding the Vogler
Sanding the Vogler

There is something to do every Saturday morning at the shed.

Work on Gartside Pram Continues

The shed is set up nicely, the boats are in the water awaiting their next voyages, and work on the Gartside Pram continues throughout the summer.

Come on down to the Heritage Harbour at the Vancouver Maritime Museum saturdays from 10:00 until mid afternoon / early evening or check us out at http://www.woodenboatclub.ca.

We’re always looking for new members to build, restore, and use our fleet of little boats.

The Gartside Pram under construction in the shed at 1907 Ogden Ave, Vancouver

Work Has Resumed on “The Gartside Pram”

This weekend work resumed on the Paul Gartside designed pram at the boat shed.  The planks that Gerry Stensgaard made at the Vancouver boat show have been affixed and are ready for clench nailing and final bevelling.  Then to spile and shape the next strake.  Only four or five more to go!

D’Arcy Has Lettering Renewed

Thanks to Kathy Bond, a conservator at the Vancouver Art Gallery, D’Arcy has freshly painted lettering.  Ms. Bond supports our efforts restoring and maintaining heritage boats and we truly appreciate the favour.  Thank you Kathy.

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