Wooden Boats

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Project by jim65 posted 02-11-2013 08:49 AM 3363 views 6 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are 3 boats (2 kayaks and a sailboat) that I built as my first projects made about 18 years ago before I really got into woodworking. The plans came from Woodenboat magazine, at the time I lived in Gmunden austria on a lake and a farmer had given me space to work. What fun to build, boat grade plywood some solidwoods for the tiller, daggerboards, paddles… and epoxy. quite different to woodworking as I now do it because you work to measurements but more so you work to the boat and the lines need to be smooth, the actual measurement plus or minus some are not so important. When I started woodworking I had to learn to measure and cut more accurately. If you have ever been thinking of making a boat, DO IT. It is not difficult, does not take more time that a sideboard and it is really cool to sail your own boat.

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#1 posted 02-11-2013 09:38 AM

Hi Jim,
I saw your post and just had to have a closer look. I love seeing and admiring the work that people put into building wooden boats and those kayaks look just beautiful. I have never made a wooden boat but have a friend who is a real craftsman and I regularly go visit him just to see the progress and admire his work.
And you mentioned you lived in Gmunden in Austria. I have stayed there on a number of occasions and it is a picture postcard town.The tram, the lake and the way the old buildings have been maintained is beautiful.
Not sure I have enough room to build a boat so it is not on the list of things to do!

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#2 posted 02-11-2013 09:56 AM

Very nice work

Welcome to LJ’s

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 02-11-2013 10:10 AM

Thank you very much, yes, it was a really nice place to live for 4 years, great people, great scenery. I go back often as my best friend lives there. I have been fortunate in the places I have lived and as a “foreigner” finding the support of locals is very encouraging.

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#4 posted 02-11-2013 10:49 AM

Luv those kayaks..welcome to Lj’s

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#5 posted 02-11-2013 12:12 PM

Beautiful work. I dream of having the time and skill to make a strip kayak.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#6 posted 02-11-2013 02:00 PM

If you built these Before you got into woodworking” … I cant WAIT to see what comes out next!

Fantastic boats!

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#7 posted 02-11-2013 02:19 PM

These boats are beautiful. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 02-11-2013 03:41 PM

You had me at living on a lake in Gumnden Austria. Like, part way between Salzburg and Vienna? I lived in Vicenza Italy for awhile, almost due south of Gumnden… some of the most beautiful countryside in Europe. Took a Danube River cruise this past December and stopped in Vienna…

And then I sail… so your boats were of great interest to me. Well done.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#9 posted 02-11-2013 03:59 PM

There seems to be a trend among these comments of admiring both the work and your travels.
I won’t be bucking the trend.
I have a deep seated love of wooden boats and another of Europe, especially Italy and especially Venice and the Veneto area.

You did a very fine job on these little gems and I’m waiting to see what else you post … after getting interested.

I also share your encouragement of others to build a boat.
Of all the many things I have built in my life, the boats are the only ones that seem like “living things”. I never catch myself talking to a table, cabinet or box that I have built and I certainly never have shared an adventure with any of them.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#10 posted 02-11-2013 05:24 PM

Man. What beauties!

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#11 posted 02-11-2013 05:44 PM

lovely boats

-- Joel

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#12 posted 02-11-2013 05:45 PM

Awesome work, look like a fun project to see suck positive results …. Love it.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 02-11-2013 07:05 PM

Such, Ken … the word is SUCH

Dont’cha just HATE it when that happens?

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#14 posted 02-12-2013 01:28 AM

Thanks for the brief boat building pep talk. The kayaks are beautiful and the envy of many a Lumberjock.
Thanks for sharing. is OK to call a kayak beautiful….right?

-- Doug

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#15 posted 02-12-2013 01:44 AM

Great looking boats.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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