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Teaching a McKenzie boatbuilding course
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Hi all,I've been going back to WoodenBoat School in Brooklin, Maine for about five years now, picking up amazing amounts of information and reveling in the incredible setting on the Eggemoggin Reach…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brad Dimock Jan 17, 2016.

Drift Boats heading toNew Zealand
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Andy Hutchinson and I are on our way to New Zealand to build two open Briggs boats for a fellow down there. What fun.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Baker Oct 26, 2014.

Resin Research 2040
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Hey y'all,We just spent a few days in my shop with Greg Loehr of Resin Research. He's been making leading-edge epoxies for the surfboard industry for the last three decades and has some products that…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brad Dimock Dec 12, 2011.

Penetrating Epoxies
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Does anyone have much experience with trying to saturate and strengthen old sun-dried and/or slightly rotted plywood with penetrating epoxy? I'm trying to wade through the propaganda of a few…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Hanson Apr 28, 2012.

 

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Dave Z commented on Brad Dimock's blog post Six Briggs dories down the Rogue
"gorgeous work Brad"
Apr 16
Brad Dimock replied to Pete Weisbeck's discussion What is the pine tar for in the boat soup?
"I'm late to the party here, but my boat soup recipe is this: Boiled Linseed Oil Turpentine (some smells great, others awful. Find one that smells nice) Petit Z-Spar Cyprian's or Flagship Varnish one:one:one A dollop of Pine Tar for color…"
Dec 11, 2017
Brad Dimock replied to Eric Berry's discussion Epoxy mix pumps
"THAT is very cool. So good to hear a take like that. Kind of sad how few companies understand the value of trying to make things right."
Jan 20, 2016
Brad Dimock replied to David Witton's discussion 16' Double ender w/ transom
"Here's my seven cents' worth on bushings and such. It may be jaded by the fact that I row for a living all summer and put stuff to an abnormal standard. I've had oars stuck into a hole drilled in a piece of wood, a hunk of aluminum,…"
Jan 19, 2016
Brad Dimock replied to Drew A's discussion Chine Notch Questions
"Drew and I talked about this a couple days ago but it's worth restating I think. The chine notches are probably better off a little sloppy. It is not meant to be a super-tight joint. The chine log is there to hold the sides to the bottom. The…"
Jan 18, 2016
Brad Dimock replied to David Witton's discussion 16' Double ender w/ transom
"If you're going to use the boat much, that shiny surface is going to get all scratched up anyhow. Dull finishes don't show blemishes. For the same reason, there is no gloss paint nor any varnish on any of my boats. All woodwork is an…"
Jan 18, 2016
Brad Dimock replied to Eric Berry's discussion Epoxy mix pumps
"Yes to Philip. Vinegar for clean up. (from the dollar $tore) I either throw stuff away or clean up with vinegar. I use epoxy all the time and could not tell you for sure if there is still a can of acetone in my shop. Horrifically toxic stuff. Right…"
Jan 18, 2016
Brad Dimock replied to David Witton's discussion 16' Double ender w/ transom
"Hi David, I just caught up on your build. Beautiful! A couple shot look like they came from my shop, with the clamps and techniques. I am flattered. Regarding the cosmetic blemishes--go out and crash your boat a few times and do the repairs.…"
Jan 17, 2016
Brad Dimock replied to Eric Berry's discussion Epoxy mix pumps
"If your test fracture broke the plywood and not the glue, I'd say carry on, you're fine. But those pumps are notorious for inaccuracy. What is much easier than weighing is buying cheap plastic calibrated mixing cups. Just hold them at eye…"
Jan 17, 2016
Brad Dimock replied to Brad Dimock's discussion Teaching a McKenzie boatbuilding course
"Well, as far as an experience where you have an incredibly good time, with food and camping included, it's just a little over half the price of a commercial river trip of the same length. I still think the place is one of the best bargains…"
Jan 17, 2016
Eric Berry replied to Brad Dimock's discussion Teaching a McKenzie boatbuilding course
"I think I need a epoxy mixing course!! Lol! I have been wanting to attend the wooden boat school or the one in Washington for some time. I need to win the lottery before I can."
Jan 17, 2016
Brad Dimock replied to Brad Dimock's discussion Teaching a McKenzie boatbuilding course
"Sounds like the course is about half full already. Wahoo! Still room if you want to come and play."
Jan 11, 2016
Brad Dimock replied to Brad Dimock's discussion Teaching a McKenzie boatbuilding course
"Actually, I've been going there for about five years on a boatman's wages. It is surprisingly affordable. But I agree, winning the 1.3 billion dollar PowerBall drawing would help."
Jan 11, 2016
Ants Uiga replied to Brad Dimock's discussion Teaching a McKenzie boatbuilding course
"Brad, Thanks for the reminder and dilemma - what to choose? The WoodenBoat School has a tempting array of courses, but trying to find some back to back courses was not as easy. The basic construction courses have the greatest interest. There is…"
Dec 13, 2015
Lawrence E. Long replied to Brad Dimock's discussion Teaching a McKenzie boatbuilding course
"Brad:  About 10 years ago Jason Cajune of Livingston MT taught a 2 week class on building his Freestone Guide drift boat.  This was stitch and glue, curved stem, and round transom -difficult but beautiful.  At the time he did…"
Dec 9, 2015
Rick Newman replied to Brad Dimock's discussion Teaching a McKenzie boatbuilding course
"Brad, that sounds like a wonderful opportunity! I may have to start buying lottery tickets so I win and attend. Then I would be a double winner! Rick Newman"
Dec 7, 2015

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Hometown:
Flagstaff
About Me:
Rowed wooden dories for Martin Litton in Grand Canyon for a long time. Still row them now and then. Built a few historic replica boats and ran them as well. Now building dories.
Website:
http://www.fretwaterboatworks.com
Boats I own:
1972 Briggs dory, Woodie-style McKenzie, replica of 1937 lapstrake Buzz Holmstrom boat

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Brad Dimock's Blog

Boatbuilding, oarmaking, bronzecastin: Classes

Most of you folks here aren't in the market for class, but for those of you that are, I just posted my winter offerings. If you want to build a boat, shape an oar, cast custom bronze boat hardware--but don't have the nerve to start out on your own, this might be just the ticket.…

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Posted on December 11, 2017 at 10:09pm

Six Briggs dories down the Rogue

We should probably be arrested for doing this but we did it:

http://fretwaterlines.blogspot.com/2016/08/rogue-waves-and-knavish-rocks.html…

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Posted on August 23, 2016 at 11:15pm — 1 Comment

Flash build in Kiwiland a success

Andy Hutchinson and I just got back for a 3-week manic build of two dories in New Zealand. Here is the essence in a blog post:

Fretwater / High Desert flash-build…

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Posted on November 30, 2014 at 12:02am — 2 Comments

New Zealand Briggs boats build

Andy Hutchinson and I are in Taihape, New Zealand, building a couple open Briggs dories for Whanganui River Dories. Here is Kate Thompson's video of us doing a 90-second freeform build.



http://.be/lXGfvmosjs8



We have one boat getting its gunwales on tomorrow, and the second about a day behind, about to get its outer chines. Port Orford Cedrar frames, Meranti paneling, steam-bent White Oak chines and gunwales. And all the gunwale blocks are Tasmanian Blackwood. They'll have… Continue

Posted on November 13, 2014 at 12:20am — 2 Comments

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At 12:39pm on December 4, 2011, Ben Vance said…

Thanks, you are a great help to a first time builder.

At 8:06am on December 4, 2011, Ben Vance said…

Brad, do you typically glass the bottom side of the top decking on your colorado river dory's?

At 2:20pm on November 18, 2011, Ben Vance said…

Thanks Brad.  I am building a Briggs dory but with stich and glue method.  Do you have any suggestions for screwing the outer gunwhale using this method?

 

Thanks for your help,

Ben

At 12:53pm on November 18, 2011, Ben Vance said…

Brad,

I was reading latest post on your Fretwater blog about not gluing the outer gunwhale to the plywood side.  Can you tell me the process you followed while building your colorado river dories last year?

Thanks,

Ben

At 2:54pm on September 6, 2011, Greg Hatten said…
Cool - thanks Brad.  How bout if we change the trip to June, include Peter Pfau from the Interpretive Center, and I donate the Portola to the museum... not necessarily in that order... ha ha.  Gonna be a historic wood boat trip - would be cool to have you along.  I'll be shooting a lot of video with new Contour Cams..... GH
At 12:56pm on September 6, 2011, Greg Hatten said…

Hi Brad - 

Thanks... I talked to Roger this morning and we've been studying those pics to try and figure it out - pretty fun.  I'll try Martin and see if he knows.  hey if Kit Africa is drawn to river boats, he'll probably stop by... pretty sure I'll have the only Drift Boat there.  I'll watch for him.

Dave Mortenson and I are going to spend some time "chatting" about our March trip - why don't you come with us & row Edith... ??  Just a thought - that would be pretty cool.  

GH

At 4:13am on June 22, 2011, Jim Rubino said…
Wow.  do you get tired of it?  and are you driving dories this summer?
At 7:33pm on June 21, 2011, Jim Rubino said…

thanks Brad, appreciate all the information.  are you guiding there this summer?

 

Jim

At 11:56am on June 21, 2011, Jim Rubino said…

Thanks Brad, appreciate the info, am surprised you didn't mention Dubendorf and you're recommending a left run in Upset?  I've run it left a couple of times in a dory but at much lower flows.

 

best, Jim

At 7:10am on June 21, 2011, Jim Rubino said…

Hi Brad:  met you on a grand trip couple of times, just wondering if you can give me any pearls of wisdom on a grand run at 25,000...seems our launch next month (July) will be sporting some flows higher than what I've run in a dory.

 

any info much appreciated, best, Jim

 
 
 

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