Today I faired most of the remainder of the hull using the fairing board. It is very satisfying seeing the hull transform from a rough shape with glue runs and mismatched edges into a smooth, fair surface. The wood takes on an even matte finish and the graceful curves of the kayak have no distractions to divert the eye. The book-matching patterns become much more pronounced also (see detail photo.)
Just as I was about to stop for the day, being exhausted from five hours of sanding (see video,) I got a call from my sister and brother-in-law in Ohio. They decided, on the spur of the moment, to come and visit me (and the kayak.) We had a lovely afternoon. I got to bask in the glow of their copious compliments, and in return I took them to the Istanbul Grille in Laurenceville for dinner. We had a delightful meal starting with a mezze sampler plate and ending with baklava and Turkish coffee and tea. We spoke with Josh the owner, an entirely charming man from, where else, Istanbul. I am sure that this was only the first of many visits for me.