Shawn Baker
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  • Kalispell, MT
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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.

 

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Shawn Baker replied to Ben A. Hayes's discussion Digital Driftboat
"Very cool Ben!"
Oct 9
Shawn Baker replied to Shawn Baker's discussion Whitewater Dory build in Montana (was: Fir vs Meranti dory floor)
"Spent a week on the Main Salmon in late June.  It was magical. My wifey's first multiday (even though it rained torrentially) and the Great Falls was really well suited for big water, sandy beaches, big eddies and a big camping load."
Oct 9
Shawn Baker replied to Shawn Baker's discussion Whitewater Dory build in Montana (was: Fir vs Meranti dory floor)
"I figure this thread deserves an update. Took the boat out on a high water NF Flathead over Memorial weekend.  Boat was awesome in the big water and high flows in mid-channel, but she was a heavy beast to try to land in micro-eddies on rocky…"
Oct 9
Shawn Baker replied to Brian Wilson's discussion Rogue River Special - Thank you
"Thanks for the link, Robb!"
Apr 22
Shawn Baker replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Nah, I wouldn't lose sleep over it.You still have the weave of the glass covered with epoxy matrix.  You just don't have the individual fibers completely filled.  It's probably still 90% as strong as fully wet out. The…"
Apr 20
Shawn Baker replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"That would definitely work.Want some more bad news?  When I pre-glassed the inside of my side panels, and then bent them into the boat, the glass on the inside of the bend "popped" in some places along the weave.  I don't…"
Apr 20
Shawn Baker replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Dusty, if this helps your decision making, I left my spots. I know that eventually I will damage the boat and have to make repairs. Repairs will be more noticeable than the damage spots. However, if I were selling the boat, they would not have…"
Apr 19
Shawn Baker replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Hi Dusty, You may have to replace the fiberglass. I built my dory in a cold shop last winter and had to pre-warm my epoxy so it would wet out the glass. I warmed one batch too much and dumped it on my boat just as it was cooking off. I never got…"
Apr 19
Shawn Baker replied to Rick Newman's discussion Staying Alive at Home
"What was your rationale for both square and round dog holes?Gorgeous.  You should be proud of your work."
Apr 16
Shawn Baker replied to Rick Newman's discussion Staying Alive at Home
"That's hilarious.Saw similar one time quietly kayaking the Bitterroot river."
Apr 16
Shawn Baker replied to Rick Newman's discussion Staying Alive at Home
Apr 16
Shawn Baker replied to Rick Newman's discussion Staying Alive at Home
"David, that's beautiful.  So is your bench.  Did you build it yourself?I have a bunch of ash I'm hoarding, but may not use it for a bench and hold out for its "best use" (clear wood will be gunnels).  Was thinking…"
Apr 16
Shawn Baker replied to Rick Newman's discussion Staying Alive at Home
"Rick, we've had 6 Labs over 23 years.  They're cool dogs.  Not perfect at anything, but really friendly family dogs.My wife used to train Lab puppies as their first phase of being service dogs.  I'd be interested to…"
Apr 15
Shawn Baker replied to JC Smith's discussion Rear seat casting brace8434781
"That was the input I needed, thanks. A couple bolts into the bulkhead would brace it all. I don't claim to be a fly fisherman, but just built a wooden boat and seemed like time to buy a fly rod."
Apr 15
Shawn Baker replied to Rick Newman's discussion Staying Alive at Home
"Got out once.  MF Flathead in rubber with my dawgs.  Water is coming up a bit and should be able to get the dory out soon.Never loved the small diameter (about 1 3/16") of my oar handles, so I'm wrapping them with 1/16" ash…"
Apr 15
Shawn Baker replied to JC Smith's discussion Rear seat casting brace8434781
"That's cool Kirk.I have been thinking of removeable thigh brace options for my whitewater dory. Would be great to have it serve a "2nd life" as a fishing craft, albeit a heavy one.  I wonder how well that would work if mounted to…"
Apr 15

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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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