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I moved home and am just getting settled in. In the summer I will sail my Tanzer from lake Ontario to Lake Erie. I look forward to going through the locks of the Welland Canal. I live between Fort Erie and Port Colbourne. I will get to learn how to sail in the bumpy water of Lake Erie where the dominant West winds can stir up quite a lot of waves and chop, and create shifting sand banks.

Weather has been very cold and snowy and I have not had much of a chance to work on any boat this winter. Hopefully the snow will eventually melt.


opossum in Southern Ontario

A funny little creature was at the cat feeder last night, a Virginia Opossum



fox at the boat club

When I went to check my boats after a storm, I found a little red fox at the boat club



Still life watercolour of tomatos

This weeks's watercolour subject tomatos and pots



picture of a press

I made a compound lever press

to help un-mould soap AND to experiment making biomass briquettes. It gives amazing mechanical advantage. Link to free plans to build this press.

picture of a briquette

Making Biomass Briquettes from waste paper and sawdust

My first experiments using sawdust and shredded banking papers were quite successful.


picture of a soap

I made some soap

In this article I detail how I made several batches of all vegetable soap for the Cat Rescue Christmas sales and fundraiser. It was great fun.

Instructions for making very Cheap Laundry Soap.



picture of a plywood pram

I found free plans for a plywood pram in an old plywood project book

If you are looking for a winter project for a tender this seems like a nice little boat. It's chine built on a frame but seems like a simple build.


More links to the Free Stitch and Glue Boat Plans page


Tall ship cannon

Cannons on the Tall Ships




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