June 11th, 2013
MOTHER and DAUGHTER
Here are PETUNIA, 76 years young, and AMELIA, yet to be launched. If one picture can tell the story, this is it. You can see how much alike the Herreshoff 12 1/2 and the Paine 14 truly are. I put a light under Amelia to highlight the biggest difference… Petunia has a long keel, and Amelia a short, NACA-foil fin keel. What they have in common is their beauty.
May 31st, 2013
READY TO LOWER
With the hull lifted, the keel is rolled under her and the hull slid down the bolts.
May 31st, 2013
ready to lift
The mating of the PAINE 14 and her keel took place yesterday. It took a lot of people to haul her up to the ceiling, so a party developed for 21 of my closest friends.
May 23rd, 2013
65YRs. 3HRs. is one of this year’s new paintings that I will be showing at my annual show on July 12th at Martinsville Grange in Port Clyde. It is the result of three hours’ intense concentration with the lovely Carrie as my sitter. Of course as all my friends know, I have spent most of my waking hours for the last 65 years with a pencil, paintbrush or drafting pen in my hand.
The title refers to the famous conundrum in the field of fine art, of how to price a painting? The issue was first brought to public awareness in the famous London libel suit between James McNiell Whistler and art critic John Ruskin. Ruskin had published a scathing comment that at 200 Guineas for two days’ work, Whistler was gouging his portrait clients. The defense asked if two days of work was worth the 200-guinea price of the piece. Whistler replied, “No. I ask it for the knowledge I have gained in the work of a lifetime.”
May 8th, 2013
With the coamings and trim pieces on, she’s starting to look like a boat.
As of today all of the carpentry is completed. What is left now is the final varnishing, and attaching the ballast keel. The quality is right up there!
April 19th, 2013
Fitting the seats
Numerous friends have asked how the new boat is coming. Well, here she is. Only a few more pieces need to be fitted, most notably the cockpit coamings. Then there’s a month of varnishing before the ballast goes on.
January 27th, 2013
ONLY A FEW LEFT!
I happened to look at Amazon.com today. A bookstore has a used copy of my fascinating and beautifully illustrated book for sale. Only $480.68, and the cover and jacket are slighly worn. Of course, if you would prefer, I have a few (counted them this morning- 21 copies left), brand new, out of my original 1000 book print run. So if you ever wanted a copy of my book, I will honor my original price of $59.95 until the last one is gone which will be very soon. After that, you can buy a used one for $480.65!
January 3rd, 2013
READY FOR THE DECKS
The deckbeams and kingplanks are in place and the decks will go on today.