HOWB 053 – Highlights and interviews from 2012 Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival

by admin on September 20, 2012



Ten days ago, I attended the 36th Annual Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival.  I recorded 3 hours of interviews with more than a dozen people over that three day period (and had an absolute blast – btw!).

This week I am playing four short recordings/interviews (total of 37 minutes):

  1. The first HOWB Podcast “Meetup” on record.  HOWB fans Ralph Duncan, Christina Cogan, and Korey Ruben.
  2. Tug Buse small boat adventurer. Follow up to the interview I did with Tug for
  3.  Josh and Anika Colvin – An update on SCAMP and Small Craft Advisor Magazine.  Check out
  4. John Welsford and Howard Rice – update on SCAMP CAMP, Small Craft Skills Academy and other fun stuff.  Check out (Rice), and (Welsford).

Press on the green player button above to listen to the fun and informative audio content.

Here’s some pics to enjoy (click to enlarge):


First Ever HOWB “Meetup”. Wooden Boat Dan, Korey Ruben, Christina Cogan and Ralph Duncan.


Tug next to William Garden designed “Adventure”.

Josh and Anika Colvin and kids. Great looking FAM!

John Welsford presenting with Howard Rice looking on.


Thanks to Ralph, Korey, Christina, Anika, Josh, Howard, John, Tug for taking the time!  Best to you with your wooden boats adventures!


WOODEN BOAT TIP OF THE WEEK – #5 – Build and Utilize an Epoxy Locker.
One of the challenges with using epoxy in cold temperatures is to keep the epoxy at a warm enough temperature to dispense easily from your pumps and to mix thoroughly.  Even if using a “fast” hardener, you may have to mix the resin and hardener for several minutes to ensure the product is ready to use.

One solution is to store your epoxy in a heated and insulated “epoxy locker”.  I made a simple locker for myself from scrap OSB and mounted it to the wall at a place convenient to my mixing area.  It is approximately 18″ x 18″ x 18″.  I stapled home insulation to the inside, mounted a ceramic bulb receptacle inside, and put a hinged door on the front.  With a 60 watt bulb turned on, the resin and hardener stay at a nice warm temperature.  The other benefits include keeping the epoxy containers clean and in a convenient place  – the last thing I want to do is have to hunt down my epoxy when I am ready to fillet, laminate, or roll out epoxy!

A very basic “Epoxy Locker”. 40w bulb keeps epoxy warm.


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