Shawn Baker
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Share your favorite boatbuilding/repair tools and techniques
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What are your favorite wood boatbuilding tools?What are your favorite building/repair techniques?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rick Newman Feb 5.

baby Briggs build
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I love my big 17' Jerry Briggs-inspired Grand Canyon dory from Andy Hutchinson's plans, but she's way too big for day runs.  Time to build a little boat.10'-6" LOA60" beam36" floor width~23" deep at…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rick Newman 15 hours ago.

Rest in Peace, Jerry Briggs

Roger Fletcher just posted on Facebook of Jerry's passing: "JERRY BRIGGS -- We lose another river legend - a great guy who made significant contributions to river dory deign and use. In addition to…Continue

Started Feb 14, 2019

Whitewater Dory build in Montana (was: Fir vs Meranti dory floor)
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This will be heavily glassed and painted on both sides, not worried about fir checking which is better for stiffness and strength as a floor core material?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shawn Baker Oct 9, 2020.

 

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Rick Newman replied to Shawn Baker's discussion baby Briggs build
"Absolutely! Rick N"
15 hours ago
David Witton replied to Shawn Baker's discussion baby Briggs build
"It's been fun watching this build - I love it when folks come up with new designs, it moves the whole "wooden dory" thing forward. Let us know how it rows!"
yesterday
Shawn Baker replied to Shawn Baker's discussion baby Briggs build
"68: Hatches, latches, and hinges.Varnish on the gunnels was still tacky, so no oarlock stanchions or deck hardware (yet). Will do that and gaskets tonight. Should get a weight on all 3 boats in the morning.Launch day tomorrow!! Stern hatch is…"
Friday
Rick Newman replied to Shawn Baker's discussion baby Briggs build
"You continue to do fine work. Good luck on the maiden voyage! Rick"
Thursday
Shawn Baker replied to Shawn Baker's discussion baby Briggs build
"Nearing the end of this active build...launch day is on Sunday 4/17! 67: varnish! Both the unpainted portion of the sides, the gunnels, and two pairs of oars got varnish last night. These are actually the oars for Lil Bastard...started them…"
Thursday
Shawn Baker replied to Shawn Baker's discussion baby Briggs build
"66: through-bolted the gunnels so I could finally trim and seal them, set brass threaded inserts in the gunnels for the oarlock stanchions"
Apr 12
Rick Newman replied to Shawn Baker's discussion baby Briggs build
"Keep up the hard work! Rick N"
Apr 9
Shawn Baker replied to Shawn Baker's discussion baby Briggs build
"Fixed the cracked outwale. Was one piece.  Outer seam is the split that was reglued; inner seam was resawn...so was once a 2-piece outwale (1 cedar, 1 jatoba) and now is 4-piece (3 cedar, 1 jatoba).   Will laminate next…"
Apr 9
Dave S replied to Shawn Baker's discussion baby Briggs build
"Too bad that cedar split on you. Sweet looking boat design and work. I love the uke case. ‘Dave"
Apr 5
Shawn Baker replied to Shawn Baker's discussion baby Briggs build
"63: trimming the outwales when BANG! the left side split..just over from the previous split, the vibration from the multitool let 'er rip.  Old dry cedar.  Glad it was here and not on the river.  Re-sawed it into 3/8”…"
Apr 5
Shawn Baker replied to Guy Fredrickson's discussion Guy's Wooden Drift Boat Project
"That is gorgeous, Guy!  My mom was a Home Ec teacher; she taught her sons to sew when we were little.  Our heavy machine probably dated to the 20's."
Apr 5
Rick Newman replied to Shawn Baker's discussion baby Briggs build
"Boy, I could write a thick book on that! Oh, you were talking about building drift boats not life! I could fill up two books! Look back on my page here and see how many times I redid parts of my boat. That's why I tell people I built my boat…"
Mar 29
Shawn Baker replied to Shawn Baker's discussion baby Briggs build
"Yeah, then if I help someone else, it's not "do as I say, not as I do.."  It's "yeah, I've had an oops as well..here's how I fixed it!"We don't want to admit our mistakes, but we all make them. …"
Mar 29
Rick Newman replied to Shawn Baker's discussion baby Briggs build
"I am glad you share the good things and the learning / teaching experiences as well! Rick"
Mar 29
Shawn Baker replied to Shawn Baker's discussion baby Briggs build
"60: trimmed the bow post.  Had a crack in one outwale lamination, so that got a fix.  Traced her name on the side panel. Cut the hinge stock to length. Cut the latch landings in the hatch frames. Also cut in the latch holes in the…"
Mar 29
Shawn Baker replied to Guy Fredrickson's discussion Guy's Wooden Drift Boat Project
"I really appreciate your attention to detail Guy!"
Mar 27

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Hometown:
Kalispell
About Me:
Started building wooden sea kayaks back in 1997. Then got into whitewater kayaking, then rafting. Finally built a whitewater dory this year.
Boats I own:
Lost count...wooden sea kayaks, skin on frame kayaks, whitewater rafts and kayaks, and a whitewater dory

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