working on our shanty boat

by Robert Wildwood

hand made danforth style anchor

hand made danforth style anchor

The measuring, chopping, the grinding, and welding has begun. The Meatman and i each made an anchor using the Gertrude/Danforth design. Actual size is bigger than a breadbox. This unit will see service in the next few months between Kansas City, Missouri and the Gulf of Mexico.

tip of a hand made cedar paddle

tip of a hand made cedar paddle

the cedar paddles

the cedar paddles

These paddles i made will go with us to propel the 17′ long Herters Wilderness Canoe, for expeditions away from the big shanty boat. I made these paddles by hand a year ago and paddled down to Winona from Minneapolis, the cedar is really light which is excellent for a long canoe trip, and cedar is rot resistant, but the soft wood is easily damaged by hitting rocks in shallow water. I much prefer these to some aluminum/plastic paddle, the cedar wood is very sexy.

Next up, photos of the longtail engines and the pontoons for the shanty boat…