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General Talk / DoonArt Art show teasers, July 30-31st 2022
« on: May 24, 2022, 09:22:36 AM »
Though it is still two months out, I was talking about this Sunday while fishing and thought I'd post a few pics to gin up enthusiasm in the coming months.

Back from the ashes (literally) is the open studio art show DoonArt, above the marine layer in Bonny Doon (Santa Cruz mountains between Davenport and Highway 17).

Each studio will have big yellow signs out front. Hours will be 11am-5pm Saturday and Sunday.
There will be 29 artists participating in 2022. I'll link to a printable map as soon as they become available.

I've got a weird menu of things I'll have on display, from gaffs and fillet knives to to Pacific coast inspired wood panel paintings, to Viking shields, wizard wands, and some custom costuming from the costume vault.
We'll also have a beautiful selection of craft made natural soaps too.

here are a few teasers for you all:

General Talk / New halibut piece
« on: July 09, 2021, 11:17:59 AM »
Covid lockdown got me to produce some new big pieces. Some had viking themes of “gripping beasts” but this one was kinda like a fun trip back to the old days of pac nw style. She’s about 3.5 by 6 feet and will join a few other atop the fence outside my studio shed. who can spot the kayak fisherman in the design? :smt003

Craftsmen's Corner / Viking shield side project
« on: January 28, 2020, 09:46:54 AM »
So, I had a wonderful wooden cable spool table that finally succumbed to a dozen winters outside. When I tried to move it all the spool slats fell out and the entire thing collapsed. Since I had varnished the top all I was left with was a heavy disk of wood planks.
Not one to throw anything away that could be repurposed, I used a few bits of sheet steel and a brass knob to build this Viking-style shield to decorate our firepit area.
The two raven head silhouettes represent Huginn and Muninn, Odin't trusty, all-seeing pair of ravens.
I liked it so much I've got two more in the works, but the new ones will be traditional butted plank, clinched nail construction with iron bosses.

General Talk / The Pacific Alone
« on: January 14, 2020, 02:37:42 PM »
I was gifted this book for Christmas and really enjoyed it.

An in-depth look at Ed Gillet's famous successful crossing between Monterey and Maui.
Dude paddled for over two months in basically an off the shelf 22' Necky Tofino, self supported without any real sponsors or coverage.

The book covers his crossing, the aftermath, and a number of attempts both before and after Gillet made it.

Highly recommended!

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Replacement net for crab rings?
« on: November 27, 2019, 11:20:22 AM »
I'm looking for replacement nets for a couple of old hoops I have. I left them out while my shed was being torn down and rats chewed up the netting.

Can anyone suggest where to get replacement nets? I think the hoops are 30" diam.

did a search on this here and all I found was a post from 2013 that suggested Janns, but I didn't see any replacements of that size.

I'm keen to get the old hoops back into my crabbing weaponry.

Craftsmen's Corner / new fillet blade completed
« on: January 07, 2019, 01:29:05 PM »
I finished this blade over the New Year holiday.
It is longer than any of the fillet knives I currently use, so this will hopefully be used on a big seabass in 2019. I just ordered up a canvas knife roll that should hold my collection of fillet knives :smt004.

handle slabs are tan oak with a gunstock stain, pinned with brass and epoxied. The scabbard furniture is aluminum since I wanted to try and match the ss bolsters. I treated the leather with a beeswax based saddle-soap type of waterproofer.

Craftsmen's Corner / Knife hilt and custom scabbard-finished pieces
« on: August 06, 2018, 09:32:10 AM »
I got this blade as a Christmas gift last December and have been slowly determining how to finish it for an upcoming camping trip. I ended up going with a semi hidden tang using some tan oak scrap that was leftover from the bathroom renovation in January. The wood grew in our yard!
It turned a little rough but this is the prettiest it will ever be!

Craftsmen's Corner / A new gaff
« on: July 22, 2018, 07:21:55 PM »
Done as a gift for a power boat captain who has put up with me aboard for several trips and never takes gas money.
This was my first test of the black net cord and I’m really stoked on it. Gives the piece a bit of a Ninja vibe.
This one is a little longer than my usual kayak gaffs since it is to be used from a pb deck height. I used a mustad zinc hook and a blank of white cedar for the handle. It’ll float too!

Craftsmen's Corner / Seabass marks the spot!
« on: July 19, 2018, 01:17:58 PM »
A few months back I was contacted to create a piece that has been kicking around in fishing conversations for a while.

It was to be a "something special" piece to mark the driveway on a fisherman's house.

first step was a sketch and approval from the customer. Then it was off to the yard to get some 2x12 redwood and some sheet aluminum.
then came the stencil:

I've been sidetracked by "farm work" on land and machines so far this season, but I've taken that time to have my avets tuned up at the factory, and the final thing I needed was to exchange my shark shield since the battery would no longer charge.
this was a unit that was eventually gifted to me by GreatBass2. I used it for 2-3 years and it always worked well. It was there when MDoka Matt and I met "Matilda" off of Capitola, and it chased off a 13ft great white off the north coast of Santa Cruz that was one of the most amazing fish I've ever seen.
well, after a bit of lag time during the exchange, Amanda in Waconia MN hooked me up with this new unit, which I'm keen to begin getting salty.

Nothing but good things to say about the company and how it stands behind its product.

General Talk / Burn day
« on: April 20, 2018, 12:02:08 PM »
Happy 4/20 to all my buds! :smt006

the shop around the corner is festooned with balloons, and I've got a Bedouin Soundclash/Dirtheads/ Marley/Toots & Maytals mix on this afternoon.

Roku channel has "Up in Smoke" on for free today :smt005
(geez, I just dated myself with that one)

In the words of Ben Harper:

If you don't like my fire
Then don't come around
'Cause I'm gonna burn one down

peace and love to all, let it be Irie

General Talk / real estate agent for Shelter/Whitethorne area?
« on: March 13, 2018, 10:27:29 AM »
Hi guys, figured I'd ask this question here.  Would any of you North Coasters have an agent to recommend? I've got one potential but would appreciate any suggestions as well.

Never thought I'd hear my wife say "why not move to the Cove or Bragg?" but here we are :smt007

Never gone property shopping without external duress, so I'm kinda looking forward to it.
We've got kayak-unrelated friends in the Hydesville and Ferndale areas we're going to visit soon so we can get a nice taste of the place.

thanks guys!

General Talk / New artwork with big yellow sickles
« on: October 27, 2017, 04:07:25 PM »
Finished another big piece, this time a 3x4ft with a Long Range theme
Clockwise from left there are distant Ahi chasing bait, Wahoo ,pacific mackerel, anchovies, skipjack (or bonito) with a nice fat Ahi for the main event.
Now it’s on to the AOTY awards!

OK, so they aren't "barndoors" but for calihalis they are ptreety good.

whole squid in 100+FOW on Sunday. Fish ended up 38"/21lbs and 32"/13lbs
water was supposed to be SCA but it clamed off nicely from about 9-noon.
Got major WAF point for these two :smt002

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