Christine DeMerchant's Web Page
What's New?I separated my website into 2, I moved the gardening, butterflies, making charcoal at home, grow lights, and gardening for cats, to DirtOnMyHands.com
I've been having some technical difficulties. My website was down for a few days, upgrades?!! I'm told. I also found out that I had not received a whole lot of emails. I did not ignore you, I just did not get the messages.
I have not abandoned my SCAMP, it's just that sanding and filling is not very photogenic, work goes on.
I don't usually allow guest speakers on my website but I made an exception. It's a great project. He's the kind of teacher I would have liked to have.
Springhouse Community School build a Bolger Pirate Racer
He includes a Kickstarter appeal, throw a few dollars his way. He's making a better world for us.This is what David Reece had to say about the project: ... these kids are taking to boat building like seagulls to a bag of Cheetos. For those of you who love boats and sailing, you know how rare and rewarding it is when the younger generation gets excited about those things, too. Here is a group of kids from a tiny rural town in the mountains, willingly learning about boats, boat design, sailing, construction, woodworking, and nautical life.
The kind of skills they are learning are beyond my expectations. Not only manual skills, but highly transferable skills like problem solving and cooperation, resilience and creativity. When problems arise, these students confront them with the same determination and grit that you would expect from adults.
This is going to be transformative for them.
I made a Foam Kayak Paddle Float
This float will help me balance the kayak if I need to get back inside after a tip.
How to recognize opossum tracks
How to recognize the odd little star shaped opossum tracks
I finally made myself a Clamp Rack
Finally after many years, I finally gave up the "chuck everything into a milk crate" school of clamp storage and made myself a rack. It's got wheels too!
How to tell the difference between dog and coyote tracks
Once you know what to look for, it's quite easy to tell the difference between dog and coyote tracks.
What is paracord and how to make a small boat bumper
Paracord project are many and some are quite fun. Here I made a bumper for the Skerry. 2 versions. Softer and more gentle than most commercial versions.
How to braid a 4 strand round braid, sennit.
This is useful as a knife rope, dog leash braid, or any other round cord.
It's NEW BOAT PROJECT TIME
I have a lot of resources for new and experienced boatbuilders.
Have you figured out what you are building?
- I have MANY pages of boat plans and boat plan links. Many are free
- What's the best type of boat for ME?
- Lots of Links to Boatbuilding Books Mostly Amazon links.
- Boatbuilding resources Essentially this page is an index to my various pages on boat building, finishing, materials, types of boats, paddles and more.
- Articles on varous types of boats: *Dories, *Skin on Frame such as kayaks, *Rowboats, *Ultralight boats, *Take apart and folding Boats, *Faerings, *Cedar Strip or Strip Planking, *Simple Punts, *Canoes, *Houseboats, *Multihulls
I've been updating various pages. Today I updated the Rowing boat plans page. I fixed a couple of broken links and added several new links.
Plans for many types of rowing boats
It's Fall and the Dogs and Cats will be spending more time inside. It's time to treat everyone so that they don't bring in fleas into the house.
Never feed these foods and medicines to your cat
I keep getting links that list things you should never feed your cat. I decided to check them out to see why these were listed and if it was true. As usual the internet was not as accurate as I would like. This is an accurate lists for cats and also includes information for dogs. From my gardening pages.
I took apart my microwave oven
I've always wondered what made a microwave oven work.
Kayaking in the old Quarry at the Wainfleet Wetland Conservation Area
I check out a new stream kayaking in Port Colborne
I tried my hand at distilling catnip essential oil.
Gluing on the skegs
Making the Spars
Installing Gudgeons and Pintles on the Rudder Box
Finishing SCAMP hull bottom, sanding, glassing, sanding
Have you ever wondered how potentially Rabid animal bites are treated?
I was bitten by an unknown stray cat and got treated for potential rabies. Not much fun. Both cat and I survived.
I turned the Scamp over. Link to Video
Hawk eats Bird in my yard and is challenged by crows.
High drama in the backyard as 3 local crows come and check out a hawk eating a bird.
Houseboat plan pageand
Houseboats info page
Updated Puddle Duck Mast Page
I had broken my mast sailing in gusty conditions and I made a new square mast. Finally got around to showing the mast build. The mast is a Michael Storer design and has worked perfectly.
I bought a new scraper and I'm thrilled
In an effort to make cleaning up and finishing epoxy easier I got myself a new silicone carbide blade scraper. I'm thrilled with the stupid scraper. Go figure!
Added a whole lot of Motor Boat Plans
Added a whole lot of Canoe and Kayak Plans
Added a page of Multihull Boat Plans
Page about Multihulls
Why do cats pee in the house?
I had a spot of trouble with one of the cats. I quickly became an expert in Cat Pee.
How to find cat urine stains using a UV light
How to get rid of Cat Urine Smells (or dogs)
What do vets learn when the analyze your cat's urine?
I made a light to help start seeds inside.
How much epoxy is needed to cover fiberglass cloth?
I was running out of epoxy and wondered if I would have enough to finish the hull or if I should order more.
I found a great local lumber mill
Located in the Niagara Region. It's always great fun to go on a field trip. I found good lumber for the gunwales of the SCAMP.
Comparison of characteristics of red oak and white oakCan I use red oak for boatbuilding and what is the difference between red and white oak.
Table of Characteristics of red and white oak.
Diatomaceous earth is one of the safest garden insecticide there is
What is it? How do you use it? How safe is it?
Graphite powder is often added to epoxy to make it more slippery
It is used on hulls of light boats and for parts that need to slide against each other such as centreboard and its case.
Knowing how to Heave-to could save your life
Heaving to is often the safest way to weather a storm if you can't get to a safe spot in time.
So you Think you know everything about sails? Take my sail, rig and sailing quiz.