Friday, October 30, 2015

Werewolf Plywood Yard Art for Halloween

I added to our Halloween plywood yard art this year by making a Werewolf.  I saw the pattern idea in the Winfield Collection and did something similar.  I used 1/4" underlayment plywood so it is a little flimsy but it made it really easy to cut out.

1 comment:

Mark Ludlow said...


It looks like you have some interesting things going on at your house!

Back on December 9,2009, you posted a blog entry about building an Adirondack Guideboat to John Gardiner's stitch and glue plan. I've also seen all your great photos on Flickr. I left a comment to go with that posting, but I don't know if you've seen it, so I'm going to try again with your latest posting.

Sent December 14, 2015:

I've reviewed your Gardiner guideboat project photos on Flicker, and you've done a very impressive job. I built two 13' Blanchard model foam cored glass guideboats in the early 80's and they were very elegant boats, really good for solo wilderness tripping in Northern Minnesota and Southern Ontario. My friend has one, and I built an even lighter one for myself, but too lightly, as the glass started cracking on the outside amidships from resting on its side before flipping it up on my shoulders. The four added ribs on your boat were a good idea, and not overdoing things at all.

I'm now in my early 60's and interested in building another guideboat, and I'm considering Gardiner's guideboat plan as an easily cartopped boat that I could use to get some upper body exercise. I bicycle a lot, which is good for the legs and wind, but not so much for the arms, back, and stomach.

A few questions if I may:

1. What does your guideboat weigh?
2. It appears you didn't sheath the outside or inside of the hull, only taped the seams, inside and outside. Is that correct? That's a big weight and cost savings!
3.Based on your experience with the 6 mm okoume plywood, do you think a 5 mm or even 4 mm okoume plywood guideboat would be adequately rigid? I'm not worried about ruggedness, these are wet feet or rubber boots boats...

One further comment: It doesn't appear as though either your boat, or your friend Steve's boat were set up for a carrying yoke. You really should look into adding one, as you're missing out on about 40% of the capability of a guideboat. Its MUCH easier to carry a guideboat on your shoulders alone, than with two people, one on each end, or with a two wheeled cart. Its also much easier to get on and off a car with a yoke.

And finally, I think John Gardiner would do well to update his website, and show some pictures of your guideboat. His photos aren't very enticing, and his website is not very informative or confidence inspiring.

Best Regards,

Mark Ludlow
Costa Mesa, CA