this blog aims to be a view into my practice as an artist. a window into work in progress. it also serves as a basic reflective tool for myself and a way of exposing my thinking through making to anyone else.
The control lines ropes and pulleys have all been tested by my little helpers. Freyja says she can not wait to sail out of Eyemouth and sat in the bottom of Guffaw the wee boaty for a good long time this afternoon imagining being out on the water. Rigged she looks ready for serious adventure business. Tomorrow we must load her onto the trailer for edinburgh and instal her in the royal scottish academy. At the moment i am so tired of constantly working on guffaw i will be so happy to have her off my hands, there have been so many other jobs and things neglected of late.
I feel a bit foolish. I thought i would get the gunwhales rubbing ropes and the rigging done today but no. I have finished rat-tailing and fitting only one rubbing rope it took most of the day to do the splicing and the photo is the third end done today of the port side rope. One more end to do in the morning. Lack of attention to detail i can here my farther wittering. He would loved teesing me about overlooking the length of time it takes to attend to the details. However the show must go on.
The bright wood on the black canvas is stunning. The whole family helped turn her over so i can fit the rub rail and rope and duck boards and rowlocks and make the oars and rig the whole thing oh and the self- bailer hull sealing plate! And pack it all with sculptural pods for delivery on sunday. Hummmmmm. Still lots to do.
Well the skin went on great. Its on the thin side cotton duck canvas 10 g/m2 but it will be light and plenty strong enough. Got a coat of finish on in a hurry last night at 7 pm before hockey training and did not check i was working it in enough to soak through. So discover white patches on the inside. 1 1/2 hrs this morning paining finish on inside between the timber nightmare. Its ok. Cleats and gunwale now.
Like a coiled spring progress has leapt forward after the christmas hols. Its good to get some more done on the boat there is still loads to do before 1 feb delivery to rsa vas show. Working saturdays to see it done on time loving the emersion in my work it feels like a long time since i have been able to put so much time consistently in.