Flipping the boat

March 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

Canoe building factoid #5 — Unlike dust and sweat, epoxy cannot be removed from clothing. In your eagerness to start fiberglassing, it is wise to look at yourself in the mirror for a moment and determine whether any article of clothing that you are wearing was a gift from a loved one. Consider very carefully before proceeding to the shop. The wise man changes his clothes. However, in this one activity — namely fiberglassing — there is no shame in wearing a Glee t-shirt.

Flipping the boat is a bittersweet milestone. By this point, I’ve spent many hours sanding and fiberglassing and cursing and obsessing that everything looks good. And it does. The surface is smooth and the glass went on well. No bubbles, no drips, nothing but a beautiful expanse of rich-looking wood. So I stand there for a moment, run my hand along the hull and say to myself: Huh, would you look at that.

No one answers, of course, as the rest of the family has been abducted by the X-box, the computer, and The Biggest Loser.

By flipping the boat, for which I admittedly recruited the services of my eldest boy, I’m of course getting closer to my goal of a finished canoe, but I’m also setting the stage for many hours sanding and fiberglassing and cursing and obsessing that everything looks good. Again.

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