Eric’s step-dad Bruce restores old wooden boats — for a living and for pleasure. So we got a tour of his latest projects out in his workshop. You never know what he’s currently working on in the shop, but this week it is three canoes and a rowboat.
Sometimes he gets total basket cases of a project, like this green canoe. Other times, it’s more simple repairs or minor changes because his client just wants to take the boat out on the lake for some fishing.
The green canoe above is a wooden 1936 Old Town canoe with gunnels to fit the curve of the bow. Picture on right is the same canoe but with a new deck.
This 1922 Kennebec canoe on left is pictured without the canvas and outer gunnels. He’s been inserting new planking on top where they all rotted out. The “basket case” of a canoe (right top) is a 1905 Old Town made for Abercrombie & Fitch. The medallion represents a special order from Old Town for Abercrombie & Fitch who they had a contract with.
Other image is Mr. Basketmaker checking out his meticulous craftsmanship on the inside of the canoe. I would think that basketmaking and boatmaking have many similarities in terms of attention to detail and high skill.
Above image is a row boat made by the E.M. White Canoe Co. in the 1930′s.
Thought you would enjoy work from another craftsman. I love seeing what other people do for a living — especially unique professions such as a wooden boat restorer. And having him as my father-in-law is a bonus! I enjoy being surrounded by creative people.
Miss Judy Clark up in Michigan! Thank your for the license plates you sent! We love all of them — especially since we spent our honeymoon in three of the states!
Since Judy mailed her plates to Eric first, she is the envied recipient of a coveted, and much sought-after, autographed photo of Mr. Basketmaker and the lovable Chance.
And thank you to the rest of you who gave us plates. The furthest state was Hawaii, given to us by Joanne Howard.
I will have to come up with something else we need to collect and do this again! That was fun!
I haven’t posted in quite a few days so I’ll do some catching up over the week. We had a little bit of a rough start for the Thanksgiving holiday. We planned on leaving last Tuesday but with the impending storm that seemed to be getting worse forced us to scramble on Monday morning. I finished laundry as fast as I could and then packed everything quickly and we hopped in the car to head north to New Hampshire. One hour into our trip, it began snowing, heavily. Snow in middle Tennessee…
For the next two days of travel it either poured, snowed or sleeted. Definitely not my favorite conditions to travel in. And apparently not Chance’s either. Halfway into our journey, he threw up in the car, a few inches from my feet. But it was okay — after 10 minutes you got used to the stinky smell wafting throughout the vehicle.
No time to pull over. With 90% of people traveling by road for the holiday, traffic was crazy! And the driving skill level has apparently declined rapidly since last year. We passed so many accidents — nothing major. More like people not paying attention to the road! It added probably an extra 3 to 4 hours to our total travel time.
Nonetheless, it was nice to arrive at Eric’s parents’ home a day earlier. Why you ask? Because Eric got to help out his mom make her yummy pickles. Yes, pickles. They are served at just about all her get-togethers.
They sliced up summer squash, english cucumbers and onions. Eric mixed them all up in a bowl. While MomJo cooked up her secret liquid recipe, he put the veggies inside small mason jars.
Then the liquid is poured in, lids tightened and MomJo’s custom labels we had printed, applied. Next, the photoshoot! They didn’t take it very seriously though…