building a Timberpoint Sloop knockabout

Julien can’t let go of this youth. He sailed this sweet knockabout as a teenager from the great South Bay Long Island to the Bahamas. Social distancing enabled Julien to get on it. Julien has decided to build a cold molded version. It will be a trailered boat that will not be effected by theContinue reading “building a Timberpoint Sloop knockabout”

Vannes a city of great gardens and 16 th century timber frame homes

We didn’t sail into the port. We couldn’t bother to get tides right and opening bridges. We hopped a bus and off we went. You can read all you want about Vannes on google. What we loved were the timber frame homes ( as we built the back side of our house out of twistedContinue reading “Vannes a city of great gardens and 16 th century timber frame homes”

Wooden Boat Repair, Restoration & refinishing for the rest of us. NEW YORK

Lots of wooden boat owners can not afford the major refit option here in New York. Many of us realize that plugging away in Martha Stewart style is the way to go. Some of us keep lists with structure being the priority. Not to many, plunk money in the cushions and varnish while ignoring bleeding fasteners,Continue reading “Wooden Boat Repair, Restoration & refinishing for the rest of us. NEW YORK”

Hand Made Clothes of days ago

Hand Made Clothes of Days ago. Not many people do it today. Hand spin, hand-loom, hand knit, hand weave, hand stitch and hand dye one’s own clothes. Imagine the time and patience involved. I love hand-made clothes and hand stitch some clothes when I can. But to do the whole process must be daunting. It takes me aContinue reading “Hand Made Clothes of days ago”

Cooking on Fire. Hearths & Old Country Kitchens

I have a thing for simple fire cooked foods and lonely old country kitchens. This year we had our friends and neighbors over for fire cooked meals every Wednesday for the month of june. It was fantastic getting outside and cooking the real way. ( the way i did for so many years on aContinue reading “Cooking on Fire. Hearths & Old Country Kitchens”

Obsessive antique wooden boat photography collecting

For the past three years I have been collecting old wooden boat photographs. I scour ebay and etsy, as well as spend hours thumbing thru boxes at junk and antique stores . Most often there is no indication of where or what vessel it is. Sometimes i can find a sail number or something scribbled onContinue reading “Obsessive antique wooden boat photography collecting”

STORM SANDY SALVAGED OAK BECOMES TIMBER FRAME HOME

http://https://vimeo.com/122190885 When sandy blew thru the Hudson Valley in 2012 a few 100 year oaks parted way with the earth. Julien and I had to mill them up for timber in our new addition. We called in Johnny who worked them down the hillside with his bob cat. Then he transported them to an AmishContinue reading “STORM SANDY SALVAGED OAK BECOMES TIMBER FRAME HOME”

A well worn HOME

The patina is what catches me. every time. when looking at houses or antiques, when watching sailboats sail by. Those glistening perfect specimens are never what they seem to be. They certainly do not hold a soul. Patina is frequently destroyed in restoration projects. We cant seem to resist the urge to paint over the past.Continue reading “A well worn HOME”

the FINE People of Vermont

Headed out this last weekend for Woodstock Vermont to spend a day with 60 painters who are obsessed with Fine Paints of Europe. Not only is fine paints of europe ( John Lehey) the best available paint in america but Woodstock is one of those best american towns. We stayed at THE GRIST MILL HOUSE.Continue reading “the FINE People of Vermont”