Christine DeMerchant's Web Page
My Scamp Build Continues
Gunwales on both sides are now glued on.
The carlings and gunwales were quite a struggle to get on. They are finally in place.
Wood Bending Steamer for the Scamp Guwales
I made a temporary steam box to bend wood for the Gunwales of the SCAMP.
Making Charcoal at Home
I make charcoal for the garden and also for burning. I'm planning to try and cast aluminium after I launch my boat. This is how I make charcoal in the woodstove. Easy and safe.
Does using newspaper mulches add heavy metal to soil?
I Did some checking and here is my report
I made a light to help start seeds inside.
Making a couple of nesting boxes
I was procrastinating doing some epoxy work on the SCAMP so I made a couple of nesting platforms for Robins, Blue Jays or Mourning Doves. I'll install them tomorrow and see who claims them.
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 visited the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
I was actually visiting the Hamilton Woodworking show but it was held in the war plane museum and what a treat.
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
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.
My 12 Essential Garden Plants
These plants provide almost all the vegetables we eat in over the Summer and Fall.
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.
I built a jig to hold the bulkhead against the curved bottom
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.
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.