Still chipping away at the strips. Have now made it into the pronounced curves of the shoulder and am using the bead and cove strips. They’re going on much, much faster — for any future builds I’d be hard pressed to use any square strips again. The bead and cove strips go together super quickly, with a tight fit to the stations.
Starboard side, beginning to curve.
Generally nice and tight.
Coming together nicely over the stem forms.
Blue tape holds the joint tight while the glue sets.
Both sides, near the end.
Finally made time for a mid-summer fly fishing adventure to explore some new water. In addition to making time, the weather has finally cooperated. It has been a tough year for stream fishing with incessant rains causing localized flooding and rapid swings in water levels. Most of the early summer months were filled with deluges of rain that left rivers swollen and muddy. After some time, levels would drop to near-fishable territory, only to be pounded by rain again. This last week was almost completely devoid of rain, and rivers in Western Wisconsin are active and manageable.
We ventured to the Rush River, which meanders through pastures and farmland about 40 miles due East of Minneapolis, and fished a section just South of Martell, WI, off 730th Ave at the first bridge. Air temps were in the high 80s, and the water was as clear as any I’ve seen recently, and cold. We saw Brookies, Browns, and Rainbows in droves, but only got action from some small Brookies on Caddis dries and Hare’s Ear.
Clear, Stone Bottom
Look at all those strips! I love the different tones of red, and can’t wait to see the grain pop out after it’s wetted with fiberglass and epoxy — some of the strips have some really beautiful grain patterns.
And that’s our new puppy, Sally, named after the Little Yellow Sally Stonefly.
Sally, contemplating chewing on some strips.
I love working on this project at night. There is nothing more satisfying after a long day in a cube in front of a computer than coming home, opening the garage, smelling the mix of cedar and glue, and watching the sun go down while laying some strips.
Working the Night Away
I have started stripping! The first strip is on each side to define the sheerline.
I should note that I am using a mix of square and bead and cove strips. This ultimately saved me some money. I’ll use the square strips for most of the hull, beveling where needed, and the bead and cove strips (20 in all) around the most pronounced portion of the shoulder.
Making a Point
Finally have the stations and strongback complete and up on the horses. Still need to bevel the ends of the stems to a point, otherwise just about ready for strips.
Happy 4th of July!
Taped Up, Almost Time for Strips