Christine DeMerchant's Web Page
How to raise Monarch Butterflies from eggs
These butterflies are quite easy to raise if you have milkweed around.
So you Think you know everything about sails? Take my sail, rig and sailing quiz.
Junk rigs look quite exotic but are a very safe and reliable rig.
Nautical Terms about Sails
Updated the page and added a whole lot of words. A work in progress.
Squash Vine Borers
have made their appearance in my garden. How to control them.
is an organic way of controlling weeds, insects and pathogens in your garden. I've fixed the link
What are the different points of sail?
Helps figure out the terminology and vocabulary of sailing.
What makes a Canoe fast, stable, good for touring or going down white-water?
Here is my new article on canoes.
My Puddle Duck was launched today and behaved beautifully
My Puddle Duck carbon fibre mast breaks, I started a new mast.
Happy Day, My Puddle Duck is Ready for LAUNCH!!
I finished the tiller and installed it.
I finished and installed the rudder for the Puddle Duck. Started the tiller
The sail is made and installed on the mast.
I've put together all my boat plan pages.
I have a lot of links to boat plans. A page for dories, a page for rowboats, some free plans. It was a bit scattered. This is a navigation page that links to the various pages of plans on this website.
I was curious to see how far 3-D printers had gone. I knew that someone had printed a boat and that it was possible to print concrete buildings.
Here is a page about the software used in creating 3 D Models
Gimbaled Kerosene stove I saw in Texas
Puddle Duck is getting some hardware.
In particular I added a page from the Boy Mechanic folding boat
The Scamp centerboard is glassed
I also started on the Scamp Rudder
I've cut the blank, glued in weight and completed shaping it. Fiberglass is next.
What are microspheres and when are they used.
Microballoons are a good fairing additive to epoxy.
What is Silica, why is it used as a filler for epoxy? I was curious and I found out.
Is it dangerous? When is it used?
Ticks and their control in Cats
Books about boatbuilding, sailmaking and traditional small boatsThese are mostly books I have mentioned in my various boat pages and decided to put together in one page. To a great extent they are books I have in my own library.
How to sharpen chisels and block planes
Beginning boat builders are often baffled on how to sharpen their chisels and block planes. This is how I sharpen. I'm not a fanatic but my tools cut well enough.