Competition and an Unruly Pig

Born as working boats, competition has run through the veins of the log canoe fleet since two boats shared the same body of water. As the log canoes became more and more obsolete as working craft, while sail areas and boat speeds increased, their transition into racing craft came naturally.

Rivalry is certainly a birth of innovation, with most of the advancements throughout the fleet arising from the need to be just a little bit faster, or point a little bit higher. Competition is certainly on the mind of any builder of a new canoe, but we have also found it on our logs themselves.


*Vandalism. Yes, vandalism. We have discovered (erasable) inscriptions on our center log. A bizarre set of quotes left surely by another member of the fleet. The writings are not quite describable as discrete. After considerable study and contemplation, the clues point almost certainly to one boat in particular. Interestingly enough, their words did not just give possible indication as to who wrote them. They also seem to offer encouragement and point towards another boat in the fleet that surely every canoe sailor is chasing.


Our progress has not slowed however. Bolstered by our witty rivals and friends, we have pushed on with work on our center log. Our work with the sawmill is done and we have shaped the curves at each end. Now with a skilsaw, or circular saw, we have taken out two large chunks from the inside of our center log. Since the outer width of the center log will be the inside of the garboard logs, we will be able to trace the edges that we have now cut onto the next logs.

On the bottom of the log we have taken a similar approach. We have cut kerfs across the width of the log, to the final depth of the outside of the hull. With these kerfs we will again be able to easily remove material and will be able to do the same tracing for the bottom of the hull. With Caroline starting to take more and more shape, we are also being more and more strategic with the material that we remove. It is important that we leave enough material in the right places so that the log still has enough strength to be moved around without causing any damage and to minimize any movement of the wood itself as it continues to dry.


*This vandalism in fact caused no harm and we appreciate their choice of pencil as their medium. We do not condone or encourage further vandalism.

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