Christine DeMerchant's Web Page
Inner Tube Boats
I just updated my Inner tube boat, Corky page.
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.
Some Photos of spiders that live in my yard
My Scamp Build inches Forward
Glassinng the Bow panel
I decided to glass the front now so I can install the bow ring. I can't easily reach the bow once the deck is glued on.
What is Stainless Steel?I was curious and did some digging to find out what made steel stainless. Why are some magnetic and others not. As usual there is much more than meets the eye.
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?
What is Cedar and is it good for boatbuilding?I tried to figure out the difference between the many woods referred to as CEDAR. There is more to cedar than meets the eye.
Table of Characteristics of different North American Cedars
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.
Hummingbird Moth look like miniature hummingbirds the first time you see them
I saw them for the first time this summer and thought they were the most delightful bug I had ever seen.
My 12 Essential Garden Plants
These plants provide almost all the vegetables we eat in over the Summer and Fall.
Jerusalem artichokes are amazing vegetables. They are nutritious, easy to grow and encourage probiotic bacteria in the gut.
My Scamp Build is coming along
Started Working on the PlankingPlanks need to be joined and bevels cuts
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.
Family day at the Botanical Gardens
A truly amazing place and huge.
I built a jig to hold the bulkhead against the curved bottom
Diseases You Can Catch from Your Cat
Tar Based Boat Finishes
Traditional tar based boat finishes have been used for centuries
I went to see the Viking Ship Draken Harald Harfagre
It came through the Welland Canal and stopped at Port Weller for a few hours.
Phenol Formaldehyde Glue
This is the glue now used for almost all marine plywood. It is closely related to resorcinol glue.
There is a large number of plants toxic to cats
Many of these are also quite deadly to humans.
So you Think you know everything about sails? Take my sail, rig and sailing quiz.
Junk rigs look quite exotic but are a very safe and reliable rig.
I've put together all my boat plan pages.
I have a lot of links to boat plans. A page for dories, a page for rowboats, some free plans. It was a bit scattered. This is a navigation page that links to the various pages of plans on this website.