3d kayak animation


[iframe http://www.nomad-unlimited.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/kayak.html 605 455] Drag the image to animate it. It may take a few moments to load the images. Here is a 3d version of my kayak courtesy of Google Sketchup. I modeled the kayak in Rhino (an interesting project) and brought it into Sketchup and exported this animation.…

Milling the strips


I stayed at brother Chuck's house in Maryland after OkumeFest and found a local source of wood. I had decided upon western red cedar for the hull and palownia for the deck along with some dark colored wood for trim lines. I ordered two 2x4x18' of cedar and was delighted…

OkumeFest


I attended a wooden boat festival called OkumeFest in Annapolis, Maryland on May 14 and 15, 2010.  Okume is the type of plywood used by many boat builders, but they had lots of strip-built boats which were what I was interested in seeing.  There were some beautiful boat examples as…

Kayak


I am building a strip-built wooden sea kayak in Pittsburgh and documenting the process. Here are the basic steps greatly simplified: Buy a set of kayak plans. Cutout out the cross-section shapes of the kayak from the plans (called stations.) Glue these to plywood and cut out the shapes of…

Coconut Carving


After cooking a Thai meal, I had a nice coconut shell left over, begging me to do something with it. My sister's Dremel tool provided many hours of fun accompanied by generous portions of dust and noise. It was more work than I anticipated, but a fun project.

Laptop Bag


The first of these was a laptop case. I was still enthralled with the beautiful decorations the Tuareg nomads of North Africa used on their leather work, so I decided to emulate those motifs on my design: The exterior designs are hand-painted with leather dye. It is completely hand-stitched and…

Website Launch!


So this is my first posting to the new website. I don't really know the full extent of my plans for this site yet, but I want it to cover all, or at least, most of my interests. Primarily, I want it to document my forays into the realm of…