Thursday, December 20, 2018

Big Bamboo

I found a new source for some BAB.... big ass bamboo... I found a stand very close by with quite a bit of BAB there. BAB is bamboo that is 3 to 5 inches in diameter and often in excess of 40 feet long. I got a few pieces a couple of months ago when it was still quite warm. I want to go back and get a few more pieces to use on the proa project.

Monday, January 22, 2018

The Long and Skinny of it

This boat is long and skinny... the main hull is almost 24 ft long and about 2 ft wide on the bottom about 3 ft wide at the top. Its been on the back burner for longer than I anticipated and it was taking up valuable space and that I didn't have to start with. Loaded it up on a trailer after I secured a spot in a shop with heat and air. A purty dam good deal I horse traded with one of the best horse traders I know. He has a huge collection  of toys and more than a few could use the touch of the handyman... not only that he has shade trees to boot... just might be the new home of the Shadetree Handyman.

With a little luck I hope to get this thing on the water by the time warm weather gets here. I had originally thought I would use bamboo cross beams for this proa and had planned to use three and still may end up with three... the center one would give you a place to mount a lee board and possibly an outboard motor as well... just a few of many decisions to make as I get this thing back on the front burner. Getting this out of my work area and into a closed shop with heat and air too is a huge plus. Frees up a lot of room for me and will enable me to get other things in out of the weather... and in a secure place... when I go on a road trip... which I'm more inclined to do these days.