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Did you know I had separated my website into 2, I moved the gardening, butterflies, making charcoal at home, grow lights, and gardening for cats, to

I've been having some techical difficulties. My web provider switched my website to a better server but this seems to have caused some down time. Also a whole bunch of very old emails have magically appeared in my inbox. Some of these I have never see. Time warp? Magic? Sticky Bits? Anyway if you wrote to me and did not get an answer, I might not have received the email. If this happened I'm sorry. I answer all emails I get from real people. Maybe not so much from this lady in Uganda that wants me to share her husband's inheritance for 23 million US.

opossum tracks

How to recognize opossum tracks

How to recognize the odd little star shaped opossum tracks

dog 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!

dog tracks

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.

paracord bumper

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.

sennit braid

How to braid a 4 strand round braid, sennit.

This is useful as a knife rope, dog leash braid, or any other round cord.

Have you figured out what you are building?

I have a lot of resources for new and experienced boatbuilders.

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.

Microwave magnetron

I took apart my microwave oven

I've always wondered what made a microwave oven work.

wainfleet wetland conservation area

Kayaking in the old Quarry at the Wainfleet Wetland Conservation Area

lots of reeds

I check out a new stream kayaking in Port Colborne

distillation apparatus

I tried my hand at distilling catnip essential oil.

gluing on the skegs

Gluing on the skegs

Making the Spars


Installing Gudgeons and Pintles on the Rudder Box

finishing hull

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 page


Houseboats info page

puddle duck mast

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.

wood scraper

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?

Led lights

LED Lights

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 oak

Can 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

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

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.

quiz about sail

So you Think you know everything about sails? Take my sail, rig and sailing quiz.

I've been playing with a simple Javascript quiz. Test your Knowledge, basic and otherwise.

Ticks and their control in Cats

Getting Around

Some Navigation Pages


boat navigation page

Boat Plans

boat plans navigation page


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garden navigation page

My Photos

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Steps in Building SCAMP

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