Frankie's Kid: Skeletor
For the past week or so, my favorite skipper has been up at the crack of dawn, packing his lunch-cooler and hitting the road to go work on the latest creation. At sunset, he returns covered in sawdust, tired but happy, with inch-worm progress to report.
And some photos:
After finishing the frames last week, this week has been about stringers. These are like the skeleton of the boat, a big curved ribcage that will support a tight skin of okume plywood.
The obvious musical accompaniment to the project would be Elvis Costello's "Shipbuilding," but that's too mournful. Jimmy Buffet's "Boats to Build"? No. (Actually, NFW.) Even the wonderful Lyle Lovett's "If I Had a Boat" is de trop.
Oh, I know: the strangely soothing ambient sound of the belt sander: eeear. eeeear. chitter-chitter, eeear.
5/22/2015 04:18:27 am
Let me suggest Greg Brown's "Ships" as performed by Redbird for some shop music. https://youtu.be/K82kUwV_I0w
5/22/2015 05:21:09 am
Oh, I love Redbird! I forgot about them, and about this tune, with poor Fat Elvis, "out on the roiling sea." Thank you, Mistermoon!
5/23/2015 12:39:10 am
Sure, people thought me rydin my pony on my boat was a little out there, but my pony's great to have fer that forty-mile portage in the Ultimate Florida !
5/23/2015 12:38:06 pm
Oh, there's a backstory about ponies, too.
5/25/2015 04:25:47 am
Pete's Purina, up in Palatka, rents prize-winning pygmy ponies for sailors tacklin' those pesky portages !
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