Saturday, May 18, 2013
I actually tried to go get wood today to be ready for bending the sides but the sawmill wasn't open cos it's Saturday so that will have to wait til during the week, some day when I get off early from work and can make it out there or else I'll get one of the lads to pick it up for me.
Now I am basically ready to start the building proper, next on the list is the form that the gunwales will bend around and I will have to make some kind of boom/holder for the camera so I can video things properly. As I am building the forms I will discuss the sizes and the way to lay it out
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Monday, May 13, 2013
So the basic overview of the steps to building the naomhog is as follows.. (or at least the way I plan to build it)
1) Build the gunwales
2) Make the tachtaí and join top and bottom gunwale
3) Make the seats and join them to the gunwale
4) Bend the ribs and fit them to the lower gunnel
5) Put the stringers on
6) Cover the currach in fabric and waterproof it
7) Make the oars and and oarlocks and go rowing!
So as before when started Currach One, one of the first things we do is steam and bend the gunwales. So we need a steambox, I decided to build this one from insulation mostly, have never really seen anyone build a steambox quite like this before so I guess we'll soon see if there's a reason for that!
Currach Two is going to be shorter than Currach One, going to go for a length of about 17ft/5200mm this time and it will be designed for two people to row I think.
<---- That's Poutine!!
I then ripped the insulation with a straight edge and my Hilti circular saw with the bigger blade. Hooked the Hilti up to the Mafell automatic vacuum I have and it worked a treat, normally cutting insulation like this is a an awful balls and results in dust everywhere, particularly down your ENT!
Sunday, March 17, 2013
So have been very busy lately, had a little restoration project with Jacqui. She's breathing new life into a old chair so there quite a bit of play in the old joints (somewhat like myself) so I'll be putting that back together hopefully tomorrow. You can see it on the bench there.
So this is the workshop that the currach will be built in. At the moment it's probably one of the messiest workshops in Ireland if not the world, quite different to the pristine workshops you normally see on the net!
Lots of tidying up to be done this weekend and next week before I start laying out the frame for bending and figure out some way of creating steam. Left my wallpaper steamer in Vancouver so the next one will probably consist of a large pot and a gas flame to generate more significant quantities of steam.
As you can see the loft is very well lit now, just finished that the other night cos it only ever had one bulb that worked off a 2 way switch. Lights were kindly donated by my buddy Rob. The mission today is to get some sockets going cos at the moment I pull power by dropping a lead down through a hole in the floor and plugging in downstairs in a different shed.
The wiring is a wee bit messed up in there as I seem to have 220v comin back on a neutral from somewhere.
Video of back feed
It's not something I'm overly worried about at the moment in terms of getting things workin but I will have to chase it down as its just not good practice. There does seem to be some leakage from the electric fence for the farm which is being pulled from the lighting circuit and should really be on a separate fuse with the sockets. Probably going to get hold of a little board and practice my wiring and see if I can organise the all a bit better, might go crazy and even label some stuff!
Will update in a couple of days...
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Ok so this is what has happened in the last couple of months. As can be seen above (it's a picture of the new bridge in Waterford) we are back in Ireland which of course is the home of currach building. If I wasn't bullshitting in previous posts then the process should be a little easier here than in Canada. Firstly I should be able to get the wood a lot easier, it should be cheaper and of course I should have more space to build it in.
I will be building it in a shed on a farmyaes, it's a 100 year plus building but it's completely dry and apart from some starlings who have taken up residence is all mine.
This building was previously my workshop but after 6 or 7 years of neglect could really do with a good clean and some rearranging. I also have to reconnect the power there so I can have some light in.
I reckon all this will take a couple of weeks as I have a full time job and nixers (extrs) as well so not much time at the moment. Setting a tentative start date for the next currach as 17th of March which is of course Paddys Day
Watch this space...
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Hopefully they will be able to figure out how it all goes together and we'll see it on the water next year sometime. Great to see it go to someone so I didn't have to chop it up, considering there is already about 500 dollars worth of wood gone into it it would have been a shame on a couple of levels to see it chopped.
After Christmas I hope to be up and running with a start to finish description of another currach build, this one will from the green shores of Ireland. I should be able to take the lessons learned building this one and do an even better 'how-to'. I know a couple of people on the other side that do video work so hopefully there will be more video of each step this time and that'll make it easier for woodworking novices to follow what's happening, till then....
Monday, November 26, 2012
Save a currach!!
(This offer conveniently includes instructions on how to build a currach....)