Welcome! This is a blog about the Adirondack guideboat. It includes whatever strikes that author’s fancy. For example, you might follow his progress building such an iconic craft, or go along on a 90 mile guideboat race, or learn about some particularly interesting person or happening involving these magnificent wooden boats. Enjoy.
Building an Adirondack Guideboat-My Favorite Tools-2
This tool is really quite simple. It is also very ingenious. I often wonder how it came about. Who invented it?Read more.
Building an Adirondack Guideboat-Still more on tacks-Willard J. Hanmer
With all this talk about sticking and driving tacks, I couldn’t help but recall the video that runs in the Museum’sRead more.
Building an Adirondack Guideboat-More on tacks
As you know already, the original guideboat builders sealed the joinery between planks by driving and clinching a double row ofRead more.
Building an Adirondack Guideboat-My Favorite Tools-1
In the course of building my guideboat I find that certain tools become favorites. I seem to be always reachingRead more.
Building an Adirondack Guideboat-Talking tacks
I am now fully aware of what holds a traditionally built Adirondack guideboat together. It may not be what firstRead more.
Building an Adirondack Guideboat-Attaching the Painter Rings
When I was a kid of six or seven my parents owned a sleep-on-board sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay. IRead more.
Building an Adirondack Guideboat-More on wales
Once the hull was off the builder’s jig and right-side up it was obvious that the wales needed attention. TheyRead more.
Building an Adirondack Guideboat-off the jig!
That long anticipated moment finally arrives. After months of planking, a milestone is passed. The hull is now ready toRead more.
Building an Adirondack Guideboat-Installing the wales
They are called gunwales, outwales, or simply wales. They are thin strips of hardwood that run the length of theRead more.
Building and Adirondack Guideboat-Varnishing
Varnishing used to be the scourge of boat builders. First of all, one would have to sand between coats ofRead more.