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#1 Bob Perry

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Posted 23 February 2014 - 10:50 PM

I have B.J.Porter's son here at that shack for two weeks. We have been corresponding by email for about a year and now he is here staying with me so I can teach him the tricks of the trade.

I have decided to start him out with some good ol'timey hand drafting. Just like the guys in Alden's and Rhodes' and S&S and Tripp's offices did. Real men, smoking pipes and wearing vests. Ok, I won't make Will smoke a pipe. Not yet anyway. We started this morning at 6am. We have been hard at it. Here is Will fathoming the mysteries of spline weights and splines. I figure he won't. learn this anywhere else and down the line it will help him with curves on the compooter.

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Posted 23 February 2014 - 11:02 PM

I see he is correctly handed. Good start for the creative sort.



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Posted 23 February 2014 - 11:21 PM

Hinckley???  Are they in the boat business?  Sounds like some kind of east coast club...



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Posted 23 February 2014 - 11:23 PM

Work him hard, he's up for it! He'll happily talk to you about boats from the moment his feet hit the floor in the morning until you go to bed.

He's been looking forward to this for some time, I think the two weeks will go by quickly for everybody but his parents.

#5 Bob Perry

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Posted 23 February 2014 - 11:26 PM

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Wer are knocking off for now. It's getting too dark for the tolerance of the work he is doing.

I'll have him shine my shoes and mow the lawn.



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Posted 23 February 2014 - 11:38 PM

He needs some Puget Sound boating time so he can say he's been there too.



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Posted 23 February 2014 - 11:47 PM

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Wer are knocking off for now. It's getting too dark for the tolerance of the work he is doing.
I'll have him shine my shoes and mow the lawn.


He's gotten pretty good at washing dishes while living on the boat.

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 12:03 AM

Nice looking kid, boy is he ever lucky to get this opportunity. I bet he never forgets this two weeks.

 

(Bob is rather generous about offering internships to young people. Good on you Bob!)



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Posted 24 February 2014 - 12:05 AM

Hinckley???  Are they in the boat business?  Sounds like some kind of east coast club...

And I thought his family was cruising a HR, not a Hinckley!??



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Posted 24 February 2014 - 01:01 AM

Send him up here...after a week with the snow blower he may find the lawn, then he can mow it.

 

On second thought he may learn more there.

 

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 01:06 AM

Will's done some growing since I met him in Dutch Harbor.

 

Dig the sweatshirt. WIll should be able to get the Southwest Harbor crew back into it pretty easily with Bob showing him the ropes.



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Posted 24 February 2014 - 01:54 AM

What boats are the bottom two 1/2 models to his left - the one beside "Hinckley" and the one below it. They look particularly cool.



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Posted 24 February 2014 - 02:02 AM

the mentors of our youth become the objects of adoration in our old age
Tonight I waxed eloquent to my wife and sons about Gordon Ginsberg who gave me my first break as a lawyer. He 's long gone now but I keep him alive through my adulation

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 02:30 AM

Bob as someone who works in the marine industry I can not say thank you enough! There are not enough people coming into the business let alone those who get such a chance as you are offering him! I am sure he will remember this for the rest of his life

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 02:42 AM

Wax on, wax off.  We don't all have the luck to get our own Mr. Miyagi.  Bravo, BP.  

 

And if you ever want to send him off to do an internship about video and modern media while seducing Charleston's college girls, you know where to find me BJ.



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Posted 24 February 2014 - 03:15 AM

On behalf of all the mere mortals hereabouts . . . . . . . . . . . . what's a spline weight ?



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Posted 24 February 2014 - 03:34 AM

On behalf of all the mere mortals hereabouts . . . . . . . . . . . . what's a spline weight ?


I think they are something you might find in an old wooden box in your house while you are remodeling.

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 03:48 AM

Bob as someone who works in the marine industry I can not say thank you enough! There are not enough people coming into the business let alone those who get such a chance as you are offering him! I am sure he will remember this for the rest of his life


I Absolutely agree. None of the kids coming into our office have the experience of working on paper and using splines. If he needs a field trip, albeit to the dark side, send him down here.

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 03:57 AM

On behalf of all the mere mortals hereabouts . . . . . . . . . . . . what's a spline weight ?

 

They are the yacht equivalent of duck decoys - rapidly becoming collectibles.

 

(the dolphin shaped weights that hold drafting splines in place while you draw a long curved line, like a waterline)

 

http://www.edsonmari...index&cPath=108



#20 Bob Perry

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 04:27 AM

Fact is, I'm the one having fun. He's off to bed now.

 

Clean got it perfectly: wax on wax off.

 

I sit on the side watching with amazement at the energy of a young kid. We talked boats non stop for nine hours today.When he finally said today, "I think I'll quit now" I thought, "Thank God."

 

I have to be good to Will.

He could be me.

 

I should have been so lucky.



#21 Ishmael

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 04:30 AM

You got it. I would love to apprentice to you if I was even 30 years younger. :lol:



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Posted 24 February 2014 - 05:13 AM

On behalf of all the mere mortals hereabouts . . . . . . . . . . . . what's a spline weight ?


I think they are something you might find in an old wooden box in your house while you are remodeling.

heh



#23 Expat Canuck

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 06:54 AM

Lucky kid!

 

I assume he'll get to go visit the Sliver project at the yard as some point?

 

I try to take an intern or junior engineer with me each time I go to visit a yard for my projects.  There is always much to learn and see.



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Posted 24 February 2014 - 07:37 AM

Bob as someone who works in the marine industry I can not say thank you enough! There are not enough people coming into the business let alone those who get such a chance as you are offering him! I am sure he will remember this for the rest of his life


I Absolutely agree. None of the kids coming into our office have the experience of working on paper and using splines. If he needs a field trip, albeit to the dark side, send him down here.

+1

I'll offer him work on the dark side as well down here in So Cal

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 07:51 AM

What boats are the bottom two 1/2 models to his left - the one beside "Hinckley" and the one below it. They look particularly cool.

 

Here is a different view of the half hulls, it is Icon at the top. I forget the middle one, the bottom one should be one of the Nordics.

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Bob's tools are multilingual.

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 10:55 AM

Will's done some growing since I met him...

 

Indeed!

 

Good Job, BJ (&K)



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Posted 24 February 2014 - 11:14 AM

Well I dunno BJ.

 

When I was a young feller in the Sea Scouts the older kids sent me to the scoutmaster to ask to borrow his short weight.  Once he had finished laughing he told me he had left it at home.  Maybe this is all a naval architect version of that  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  or a long weight.



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Posted 24 February 2014 - 12:22 PM

Very cool! Am I too old to be an intern? I can talk about boats all day with the best of 'em!



#29 Bob Perry

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 02:09 PM

That middle model is a 17' daysailer called the Wentworth 17. Only a half dozen were built. The project was done by an executive at Potlatch Industries in Spokane Wa. He thought it would bw fun to build a production boat all by himself. We did one version with a cuddy cabin.

 

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 02:32 PM

That boy is so lucky. On behalf of young men everywhere, thanks Bob.



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Posted 24 February 2014 - 02:56 PM

You are welcome but I think I am doing this for my own amusment. too.



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Posted 24 February 2014 - 03:17 PM

Of course you are, and I will wager that in addition to fun, you will learn something as well. That is why it works and that is what makes it great. My grandfather was to one that got me to sail and made it real as a 5 year old- I've never forgotten. A couple of years ago I spied a kid hanging around my club that reminded me of me at the age of about 11 or so. I started taking him sailing and in the winter I feed him books.



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Posted 24 February 2014 - 03:36 PM

Tuck:

Yep, it's not hard. I just think of how I would have liked to have been treated when I was 16.

This morning Will showed up for breakfast wearing black Carhartt bib overalls that were Spike's. Both are 6'3" and Will is even thinner than Spike.

 

It's good to see the pants being worn again.

 

He likes my oatmeal.



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Posted 24 February 2014 - 03:56 PM

That is really cool Bob.



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Posted 24 February 2014 - 04:17 PM

Good on you Bob! Looks like a good fit for the both of you. BTW, Will has that purposeful look like someone who likes to stay on the task.



#36 Bob Perry

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 04:27 PM

Yeah, you got that right Boomer. He is also studying now for his SAT test that he will take in Arlington next weekend. He has a full plate. I have a full plate.



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Posted 24 February 2014 - 04:42 PM

Excellent!



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Posted 24 February 2014 - 05:06 PM

That's really cool.  Would that, when I were younger, to have had such opportunities. I hope he gets the most out of that.



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Posted 24 February 2014 - 05:13 PM

I'd be happy if he didn't drop a spline weight on his toe! Or my toe!



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Posted 24 February 2014 - 06:59 PM

I am envious.  :D



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Posted 24 February 2014 - 07:49 PM

Yeah, you got that right Boomer. He is also studying now for his SAT test that he will take in Arlington next weekend. He has a full plate. I have a full plate.


His mother will be happy to hear that!

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 07:50 PM

Well done Bob. It's amazing the fires that have been started with one good spark.

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 09:25 PM

I'd be happy if he didn't drop a spline weight on his toe! Or my toe!

 

At work someone took a piece of balsa wood, and carved it in the shape of a spline weight.  They painted it to match, and added the metal tip.  We used to toss it at unsuspecting people who were familiar with how much a normal one weighs......



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Posted 24 February 2014 - 10:49 PM

At a company I worked at many years ago we had a sledge hammer made of balsa and painted to look just like the real thing.

 

We did all sorts of wild and crazy things with it.



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Posted 24 February 2014 - 10:53 PM


 

Bob's tools are multilingual.

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Several times now I have tried to steal that tape from Bob. It is like the coolest tape measure I have ever seen. Unfortunately Bob knows me too well and he always catches me before I can get out of his office with it. I really covet that instrument! 



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Posted 24 February 2014 - 11:16 PM

As a former teacher, students like BJ's son are why people put up with low pay and public abuse and keep teaching.   You cannot describe the feeling one gets when you come across a young person who shares your enthusiasm for a subject you love.    Enjoy it Bob.



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Posted 24 February 2014 - 11:21 PM

Yeah, you got that right Boomer. He is also studying now for his SAT test that he will take in Arlington next weekend. He has a full plate. I have a full plate.

Are those plates full of oatmeal?



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Posted 24 February 2014 - 11:41 PM

Will strikes his first buttock:

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 11:46 PM

If you look over Will's right shoulder on the first pic you'll see a Southern Cross ensign hanging over my door.

That's the ensign that Trickpig carried while he cruised the South Pacific for two years.

 

To Will's left you will see two jars of Vegemite stacked on my piano.

 

The soft shackes hanging on the drafting light were made by Gatekeeper.



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Posted 24 February 2014 - 11:56 PM

Will strikes his first buttock:

 

Does his mother know about that?



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 12:05 AM

Will strikes his first buttock:

 

Does his mother know about that?

 

Oh-oh. Shades of English boarding schools...



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 12:10 AM

 

 

Bob's tools are multilingual.

 

 

 

Several times now I have tried to steal that tape from Bob. It is like the coolest tape measure I have ever seen. Unfortunately Bob knows me too well and he always catches me before I can get out of his office with it. I really covet that instrument! 

Geeze, if I'd seen that I'd have tried to make off with it.  Metric AND imperial to boot!

 

So Bob, what's the application process for the internship?  I'd be all over it (if I had any talent, and wasn't deathly allergic to your dogs).



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 12:16 AM

Sculper:

I don't know. B.J. Hooked me up with Will about a year ago. Will emails me his drawings and I comment on them. I guess it seems odd to other people but for Will and I it is just a natural progression.

Will is doing fine.

I am having a devil of a time with the Yoda speak.

 

"Too hollow the waterline is."



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 01:58 AM

"Clear your mind, no more will I teach you today"



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 02:00 AM

Will strikes his first buttock:

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Now I get what those things are for.    I was never sure...



#56 Bob Perry

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 02:13 AM

You weren't supposed to be sure.

I scratched my head for weeks the first time I saw them in a magazine. WTF?

 

That orange one on the end I probably bought when I was 16 years old.

In think I count five different brands of spline weights in that photo. I have a lot more.



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 02:23 AM

Sculper:

I don't know. B.J. Hooked me up with Will about a year ago. Will emails me his drawings and I comment on them. I guess it seems odd to other people but for Will and I it is just a natural progression.

Will is doing fine.

I am having a devil of a time with the Yoda speak.

 

"Too hollow the waterline is."

Not bad, but I am having a really hard time imagining you doing a yoda voice!  Go with the kung-fu master thing - you can speak chinese to him, it's not like he will know the difference!



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 02:59 AM

Not bad, but I am having a really hard time imagining you doing a yoda voice!  Go with the kung-fu master thing - you can speak chinese to him, it's not like he will know the difference!

 

Maybe "Finding Forester" is more his style?

 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0181536/



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 03:28 AM

and the Jedi is wearing a Pendleton with Spike's Carhartt's... that's a method to be sincerely proud of. 

 

Congratulations to both of you!



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 03:28 AM

Sculper:

That it! I can do a Chinese master voice. I could do that quite well.

I'll try it out in the morning.



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 04:08 AM

I bet he's the only kid in PNW with patches on his elbows



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 05:49 AM

Well done Bob. Looking forward to seeing Will's work tomorrow.

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 12:31 PM

If you look over Will's right shoulder on the first pic you'll see a Southern Cross ensign hanging over my door.
That's the ensign that Trickpig carried while he cruised the South Pacific for two years.
 
To Will's left you will see two jars of Vegemite stacked on my piano.
 
The soft shackes hanging on the drafting light were made by Gatekeeper.


Do you have a picture that shows your metacentric shelf?

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 12:39 PM

I bet he's the only kid in PNW with patches on his elbows


He hasn't worn overalls since he was a toddler.

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 01:00 PM

Yesterday we went grocery shopping. Will wore the black coveralls, Spike's Filson boiled wool jacket and one of my Scottish bonnets. Will just grabbed the bonnet as we left.

I think we draw some attention. I introuced Will around the grocery store. Then I took him to the Skagit Valley Farmer's Co-op. This is where the farm babes work. They were pleased to meet Will.

It's a very small town. You do what you can for entertainment. Will was excited to see a large flock of Trumpeter Swans in a field and a huge flock of Snow Geese. You get up within 20' of a Trumpeter Swan and you realize, this is a serious bird.



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 02:07 PM

Who knew I could be this jealous of a 20 yr old kid...good on both of you.



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 02:12 PM

 

 

Bob's tools are multilingual.

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Several times now I have tried to steal that tape from Bob. It is like the coolest tape measure I have ever seen. Unfortunately Bob knows me too well and he always catches me before I can get out of his office with it. I really covet that instrument! 

 

Kim, PM me and I can get you one. 



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 02:20 PM

Jamie:

What are the gradations in the middle with the characters? Inchi's?

 

I'll try and get a photo of Will standing by a Trumpeter Swan. He says his sister will be impressed.



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 02:51 PM

Who knew I could be this jealous of a 20 yr old kid...good on both of you.


He's 16...

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 03:24 PM

Today WHL (Tim) is driving down from Vancouver so we can work on ND's deck plan revisions. So Will will be exposed to that while he works his way through his lines plan. Tim will no doubt spend the night so he and Will can talk boats while I prepare dinner.



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 06:07 PM

You get up within 20' of a Trumpeter Swan and you realize, this is a serious bird.

 

Those fuckers can break your arm. Good to see they are expanding their territory. When I was a kid I lived near the Vaseaux sanctuary. They were extremely close to extinction - at the low point there were less than 50 of them left



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 07:23 PM

Wow Jon. I don't think I ever see a flock with less than 50 swans. It could be the same flock I see over and over. I don't know any by name yet. But if I were to guess I would say I have seen up to 200 in a flock at one time down here. Sometimes six. I watch them in the fields. I think they eat dirt.



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 07:38 PM

You get up within 20' of a Trumpeter Swan and you realize, this is a serious bird.

 

Those fuckers can break your arm. Good to see they are expanding their territory. When I was a kid I lived near the Vaseaux sanctuary. They were extremely close to extinction - at the low point there were less than 50 of them left

 

A number of years ago SWMBO and I made a special trip to see the then few remaining Trumpeter Swans. Three flew over us and sounded off and it brought tears to SWMBO's eyes. Glad to hear they are making a good comeback!

 

We have tried several times to see a California Condor, but so far missed every time. We are kind of into that kind of stuff.



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 08:13 PM

You know how, when birds are migrating they form a nice 'V' in flight?

 

Did you ever notice that one side is longer than the other?  Do you know why that is?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Because there are more birds on that side.



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 09:39 PM

Kir:

I was going to say "Because they can't count.

 

Sorry Kim. That wasn't  tears.

Don't stand under a Blue Heron.



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 09:46 PM

Kir:

I was going to say "Because they can't count.

 

Sorry Kim. That wasn't  tears.

Don't stand under a Blue Heron.

 

Tell me about it, I wash blue heron shit off of my commuterboat most mornings. He likes our dock because he can fish off it. The eagles often have brush ups with him. The eagles always win.



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 10:07 PM

Jamie:

What are the gradations in the middle with the characters? Inchi's?

 

I'll try and get a photo of Will standing by a Trumpeter Swan. He says his sister will be impressed.

 

Those are, "carpenter's inches", which come in two types: worship inches used to build temples and open inches which are used to build houses. These look to be open inches where every 8 intervals, there is a character that signifies a state of fortune. It ensures that you build doors and rooms with fortunate dimensions. These vary depending upon what you are talking about: for example a bedroom door would have a different fortunate width than a back door or a front door.   

 

The modern way to do it is everything in cm and try to make sure you hit a fortunate width. 



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 10:41 PM

Thanks Jaimie. That's all new to me.



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 10:46 PM

I don't use an eraser on acad. Hardly ever need one. But I do have one. So after listing to Tim (WHL) and Will accuse each other of taking the eraser all morning I decided to cut it in half. Now they are happy.

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 10:56 PM

 

You get up within 20' of a Trumpeter Swan and you realize, this is a serious bird.

 

Those fuckers can break your arm. Good to see they are expanding their territory. When I was a kid I lived near the Vaseaux sanctuary. They were extremely close to extinction - at the low point there were less than 50 of them left

 

A number of years ago SWMBO and I made a special trip to see the then few remaining Trumpeter Swans. Three flew over us and sounded off and it brought tears to SWMBO's eyes. Glad to hear they are making a good comeback!

 

We have tried several times to see a California Condor, but so far missed every time. We are kind of into that kind of stuff.

 

We have seen several condors in the Gulf Islands. You can tell they are condors, apart from the distinctive wings, because they make the eagles flying in the same gyre look tiny.



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 10:57 PM

Kir:

I was going to say "Because they can't count.

 

Sorry Kim. That wasn't  tears.

Don't stand under a Blue Heron.

 

We live in a sort of ravine and one day I saw a blue heron fly over a couple of hundred feet up when took a dump. It looked like a water bomber releasing its load. I sure wouldn't want to be under it.



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 11:37 PM


Kir:
I was going to say "Because they can't count.
 
Sorry Kim. That wasn't  tears.
Don't stand under a Blue Heron.

 
We live in a sort of ravine and one day I saw a blue heron fly over a couple of hundred feet up when took a dump. It looked like a water bomber releasing its load. I sure wouldn't want to be under it.


The herons nest above the lagoon next to the marina and then hang out on the marina docks at night. When you scare them at night they let out a horrendous squawk and then take a dump while they fly off resembling some prehistoric pterodactyl. Forever cleaning that stuff off the boat.

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Posted 26 February 2014 - 12:11 AM

It's all gone to the birds!

 

My daughter still hates birds to this day, due to an encounter with some Canada Geese back when we lived in Wa (she was pretty little then).

 

But I think Peacocks are worse (my neighborhood here was infested with 'em); they are noisy (weird noises), messy, and occasionally decide your porch is *theirs*

At one time, there would be over 2 dozen roosting in the big pine tree in my front yard every night.... then the coyotes discovered them and there are only a few left. 

 

But the final insult was when some pigeons decided to nest in the cockpit storage bins on my I28 - That meant war!



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Posted 26 February 2014 - 01:18 AM

When I lived on an outside houseboat in Lake Union I had a big wide deck. I thought it was fun to feed the Canada Geese. In no time I lived in  green slimeland. I ended up having to chase them off with my broom.

Oh to be young again.

 

But enough about me................



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Posted 26 February 2014 - 01:54 AM

Very cool all around.... Even the talk of bird shit.......

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Posted 26 February 2014 - 01:57 AM

Kir:
I was going to say "Because they can't count.
 
Sorry Kim. That wasn't  tears.
Don't stand under a Blue Heron.

 
Tell me about it, I wash blue heron shit off of my commuterboat most mornings. He likes our dock because he can fish off it. The eagles often have brush ups with him. The eagles always win.

Our eagles and herons seem to coexist well. The fights are the eagles and ospreys in the spring and fall. The ospreys own the summer. The eagles the winter. In spring and fall, they fight over territory with the crows following along as raucous commentators.

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Posted 26 February 2014 - 02:17 AM

We test ourselves on river trips by paddling under a perched heron. If you can get all the way under them without them flying you win. Of course you also get shit on when everyone cheers that you did it as the bird flys off. 



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Posted 26 February 2014 - 03:40 AM

We test ourselves on river trips by paddling under a perched heron. If you can get all the way under them without them flying you win. Of course you also get shit on when everyone cheers that you did it as the bird flys off. 

 

That's fun - we used to do that to Bald Eagles in northern Wi.  Also Loon chasing, where you try to guess where they will surface (and get there).



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Posted 26 February 2014 - 10:16 AM

Sailing around the same area virtually every day I get to know a few of the local birds. Last year i got to watch a pair of Brahminy Kites nesting in a local beacon most days for the season. I watched them guarding the eggs, saw the chick as soon as it was hatched and watch them hunt for , feed and watch over them. Mum and dad were quite cool with us sailing only a few meters away. But the most amazing thing was watching then teaching the chicks to fly. Mum (or Dad not sure which - apparently they mate for life and share all parenting responsibilities equally) would drag the little one to the edge of the beacon and push it off. It would splash into the water and mum would swoop down , grab it in her talons and do it again. Slowly it learnt to fly a little before it crashed, each flight getting a little longer. Then suddenly they get it - the chick swooped back up and landed next to mum. I am sure they did a little bird hi 5! I had anchored about 10 boat lengths away with a group of students and when junior landed it we went off - clapping, cheering and high fiving each other! I have some photos that I will post. My phone is currently in a bowl of rice as I fell in the pool last night with it in my pocket!
And yes, strong drink was involved. Well wine anyway.

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Posted 26 February 2014 - 11:04 AM

Rice trick never works for me.

I've kept geese in suburban Brisbane. They hatch ready for anything pretty much, I kept them inside for first few weeks but after that they can fend for themselves outdoors in any weather. When the storms hits the dogs are tucked up together in one or anothers kennel the geese are still out grazing or just sleeping on the middle of the lawn through a thunderstorm, they would only go into shelter to eat grain. I never clipped their wings and they could fly no sweat, they are very territorial so they won't leave. Best guard / watch dogs you will ever have is a hand raised goose!

Ahhh back to boats...

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Posted 26 February 2014 - 01:41 PM

We test ourselves on river trips by paddling under a perched heron. If you can get all the way under them without them flying you win. Of course you also get shit on when everyone cheers that you did it as the bird flys off. 

 

That's fun - we used to do that to Bald Eagles in northern Wi.  Also Loon chasing, where you try to guess where they will surface (and get there).

 

I suppose you could do the same with cormorants, but everyone hates cormorants.



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Posted 26 February 2014 - 02:37 PM

Our bald eagles will raid the heron's nest and eat the eggs. It's not a pretty site.



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Posted 26 February 2014 - 03:05 PM

Live for your enjoyment...

 

http://www.ospreycamera.com/

 

This is about a mile from my fishing shack and I've got nesting trees right in sight across the bayou. There is a perfect tree right at the edge of our yard right on the water and the ospreys fight and feed there and I have hoped for several seasons that a pair would nest. Must be too low or neighbors dogs or something as they go through the motions but never sign the lease. Maybe if I put up a platform to get them started. My girlfriend made a $1000 pledge to a group that erects nesting platforms here on the Gulf with the promise that they would install one at her place but they must have used the money for hookers and blow! Never heard back from the bastards...



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Posted 26 February 2014 - 03:23 PM

pendleton's, pipes and the tutelage of a youngun under your wing...nothing better. thanks for this bob, not only for the young mr. porter's opportunity and sharing but also for evoking very fond memories of my late grandfather



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Posted 26 February 2014 - 04:31 PM

Well this thread is totally for the birds now.

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Posted 26 February 2014 - 05:12 PM

Today Will is finishing his hand drawn set of lines. We are adding some diagonals.

Tomorrow we will take the hand drawn lines and input the into my hull design program so Will gets to see that transition and then enjoys the thrill of watching the computer do the hard work of final failring.

We are on schedule and on track.

Will helped make the Stroganoff last night and he liked it. He did the slicing of the steaks and did a very good job producing uniform slices. I taught him how to use a steel to sharpen the knife.

My plan is on Saturday Will and I will take a field trip down to see FRANCIS LEE.



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Posted 27 February 2014 - 03:06 AM

Having met Will and talked boat design with him at casa-de-porter it's really great to see him learning so much. 



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Posted 27 February 2014 - 03:25 AM

Today Will is finishing his hand drawn set of lines. We are adding some diagonals.
Tomorrow we will take the hand drawn lines and input the into my hull design program so Will gets to see that transition and then enjoys the thrill of watching the computer do the hard work of final failring.
We are on schedule and on track.
Will helped make the Stroganoff last night and he liked it. He did the slicing of the steaks and did a very good job producing uniform slices. I taught him how to use a steel to sharpen the knife.
My plan is on Saturday Will and I will take a field trip down to see FRANCIS LEE.


You're doing better getting him in the galley than I am, though stroganoff is one of his favorites so I think he'd jump at it.

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 03:27 AM

Having met Will and talked boat design with him at casa-de-porter it's really great to see him learning so much. 


Do you remember the boats he built around the house? Those were floor models, the ones he builds now go in the water. He created a pretty cool wing sailed cat out if Popsicle sticks, Saran Wrap and duct tape.

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 04:59 AM

Will destroyed the left over Stroganoff at lunch. There was quite a bit left over.

We made burritos for dinner with beef made from ground chuck roast. I pick out the roast. I do not buy packaged ground beef. Sorry I just don't.,

Will ate three burritos.

Will went top bed, with apologies, at 7pm. Jill followd at 7:01 pm. No apologies.

 

Those kids.

 

The coyotes woke us all up last night. They were whooping it up right outside the shack. My cat was in.

 

Tomorrow I introduce Will to the world of computer aided hull design.

He has done very well with his hand drawn lines. I know he is proud. I'm a bit proud.

Saturday we go down to see the marvelous Frankie.

Then I will force him to eat sushi. I will.

Then we will go visit Violet.

 

Life is Ok.






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