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-1
In the course of building my guideboat I find that certain tools become favorites.  I seem to be always reaching
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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 first
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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.  I
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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.  They
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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 to
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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 the
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Building and Adirondack Guideboat-Varnishing
Varnishing used to be the scourge of boat builders. First of all, one would have to sand between coats of
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Building an Adirondack Guideboat-Wow! It popped
I decided to start varnishing the hull while waiting for the screws I ordered so I could attach the gunwales. 
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Building an Adirondack Guideboat-Why use hand tools?
Visitors to the Adirondack Museum’s boat shop often are puzzled by the overwhelming use of hand tools when building a
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Building a Traditional Adirondack Guideboat
Building Your Own Traditional Adirondack Guideboat        This is a blog about Adirondack guideboats.  Its primary intention is to help
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