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Operating as usual


Spear shaft straightener 2.0… Portable!

Photos from Garrett’s Custom and Outdoors's post 12/11/2022

Another beautiful day for a drive hunt! I saw fresh pig sign on the way to the stand. Anticipation!!!!

Photos from Garrett’s Custom and Outdoors's post 11/11/2022

Turning Rowan branches into boar spears. An awesome guy I have had many interesting conversations with, .creach_fearain told me about Rowan wood and how it’s been used for a very long time for tool handles and spear shafts. I have four shafts strapped into a jig I made to straighten them. While they dry I will be sourcing spearhead material.

Photos from Garrett’s Custom and Outdoors's post 06/11/2022

Me and the boys did a bit of driving yesterday. The blackberries were thick and the hills were steep. We found plenty of fox dens and a few spots that stank like boar but we only saw one hare. Next week is another drive hunt and I will enjoy being a shooter. I need protective pants to go tromping through the thick stuff. Many of the scrapes and pokes that made it through my pants were already infected by the time I got home. Crawling around where the critters live isn’t hygienic, who knew! 🥸

Photos from Garrett’s Custom and Outdoors's post 29/10/2022

German tradition celebrates successful hunters with a pine twig the hunter places in his hat after receiving the award from the leader of the hunt. I shot the largest boar and the only fox of the day earning me the title of Jagdkonig (hunt king) the honor comes with the responsibility of buying rounds of shots later at dinner. 🥳

Photos from Garrett’s Custom and Outdoors's post 29/10/2022

What a great day to participate in a German drive hunt! I took a large boar and a fox. We had a great time with great people in a beautiful place.

Photos from Garrett’s Custom and Outdoors's post 21/10/2022

The wood filler worked flawlessly. I used a sanding block to sand the hull smooth. I found a few more things to fix and accidentally ripped a chunk out of the top layer of plywood with a hand planer. I keep finding things to fix before it’s time to class the hull. It’s a make or break moment and I’m nervous.


It’s a giraffe 🦒 boat 🚤! After sanding and hacking at the epoxy patches, I discovered the epoxy was too much harder than the wood and it was impossible to sand smooth without taking away too much wood. My solution is wood filler. It’s easy to sand and very porous. I will be able to fare the hull much easier and the epoxy will soak into it making it durable.


I finally had the time to flip the boat and sand it again. I then mixed up some thickened epoxy and filled all the stitch holes and damaged spots. After more sanding, the exterior will be ready for basalt cloth and epoxy.

Photos from Garrett’s Custom and Outdoors's post 18/09/2022

I just finished topping off my fillets with unidirectional Basalt cloth and epoxy. Once dry and cleaned up I can flip the boat and prep the hull for basalt glass and epoxy.



This is 1000% accurate. 🤦‍♂️

Photos from Garrett’s Custom and Outdoors's post 16/09/2022

I caught him sneaking after a doe and fawn at dusk. I’m really glad he dropped dead because he was on the edge of a thorny thicket that I helped a friend chase another buck through back in May. It wasn’t all fun and I’m glad I didn’t have to do it again.

Photos from Garrett’s Custom and Outdoors's post 15/09/2022

After hours of fixing little wobbles and unsightly bulges I am starting to think buying CAD for Dummies might not be such a time suck. As I whittle away at my mistakes, I fantasize about laser cut plywood and 3D modeling…

Photos from Garrett’s Custom and Outdoors's post 12/09/2022

I cut the zip-ties and flipped the hull and got a satisfying first look at my creation. And then I got to sanding down all the epoxy drips and bits of zip-tie buried in the dried epoxy fillets.

Photos from Garrett’s Custom and Outdoors's post 11/09/2022

I was stuck in a problem-solution loop. I need to fare the sides of the boat and can’t until I know the orientation of the waterline. I can’t put the hull into the water until it’s sealed, I can’t seal the hull until I remove the zip-ties, I can’t remove them until I’ve glued in the stations/bulkheads and I can’t glue in the bulkheads until I fare the sides! My solution is to glue in the bulkheads, but leaving the portions to be fared free. I will then be able to flip the boat without it losing its shape. Then I can seal the hull and get it into the water to establish that pesky waterline so I can cut the deck at the correct height and angle.


Sitting here trying to visualize how this hull will sit in the water. I still need to get the last wonky bits straightened out before I can seal the hull and put it in the water to see how she floats.


I’ve learned a lot so far and the boat isn’t too wonky. Nothing that can’t be fixed.

Photos from Garrett’s Custom and Outdoors's post 25/08/2022

Drawing a straight line through that is difficult. I won’t have to do this on the next boat. I will have my cross sections (stations) made first and build the boat around them. I had to build the hull first this time because I didn’t know exactly what it would look like until I built it… 🤪

Photos from Garrett’s Custom and Outdoors's post 23/08/2022

All of yesterday’s work paid off this morning as I took the mirror copy of the last bow piece and carved the hull to fit it. Hopefully, this will improve symmetry.


Today has me wishing this was a kit. I knew this rout was going to be difficult. Might as well get all the learning in upfront and have the boat I want. Well, the boat I think I want.

Photos from Garrett’s Custom and Outdoors's post 22/08/2022

The last bow section. I am figuring out how tall to make it.


Not too shabby for my first build. A kit would have been a lot easier but I never found one that worked for me.

Photos from Garrett’s Custom and Outdoors's post 21/08/2022

The epoxy is stiff but hasn’t set. This made straightening the warps and twists easy. Later, I can cut out the zip-ties.


Lining things up before glueing the scarfs

Photos from Garrett’s Custom and Outdoors's post 18/08/2022

My scarfing skills have a lot of room for improvement. My jig could be improved too. If I keep cutting the side of the jig with the router I’m going to need a new jig soon.




A little something like that. I need the table to scarf the plywood for these next two pieces. Learning and designing as I go.


Woosh! Lots of little things had to be done before I could trace this next piece. Now I have to scarf together two full length pieces that I haven’t fully designed yet.


Next step, probably sanding…


A great day for working on boats! My first patch job on the iSUP was only partially successful, I had to patch my patches. I flipped the SUB and five the bow a coat of epoxy then I filled in the stitches seams with thickened epoxy.


My chine jigs are drying. This is how I will maintain symmetry. Once the chines and centerline are filleted, I will be able to build the next section with more ease and less worry.


Now that I know what I’m doing, the last four leaks went faster than the first two. Brand new Fisher Blowfish with 6 leaks right out of the box…. Disappointing.


Brand new iSUP and it’s full of leaks. The solvents and glues used for these is nasty stuff. I prefer working with epoxy.

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