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    Whelen lean-to

    You are right sweetfancymoses. Since yesterday was rain all day I did get some more sewing done. I laid out the finished awning along the edge of one of the side wings and located the reinforcement patches along the hem. Then marked some fold to marks. The sides of the patch are folded over...
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    Whelen lean-to

    Anytime Dave. The first set will be in the back yard just before a rain storm so I can test it out. I still have a ways to go but in ready to sew the side wings to the ‘roof’, I just need to scrounge something to use for tie loops to hold bug net or lanterns. Jim
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    Questions on Kevlar canoe repair

    Welcome to the campfire Tom. That is some wild crazing on that malecite. I’m not sure how I would handle that but they don’t look like they compromise the hull very much. I could be wrong though. Others will be along shortly for more help. Jim
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    Whelen lean-to

    That long hem is now sewn and except for the ties to join it to the side wings and pull outs it is finished and ready to join to the roof. We adopted this dog when he was seven and was told he as raised in a family with cats, see what he learned from them. Just some details of the finished...
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    Whelen lean-to

    Since the back panel or roof has been sewn already I now could measure its width to start on the awning. The canvas was rolled out and a new piece cut to match the already sewn roof. This is the last big piece needed. The material is 5’ wide and I don’t need all that width so it is cut...
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    Whelen lean-to

    Thanks for the correction. It’s been a long time since I read those books. Jim
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    Mesmerizing/Interesting Phenomena & Experiences Without An Eclipse

    I love the sound of ice groaning and cracking and reverberating. Thanks for bring that up it definitely is one of those mesmerizing moments. Trees cracking in the extreme cold is another one of the winter wonders. Also the tinkling of what I call candle ice. Jim
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    Whelen lean-to

    With the back panel sewn I cut and finished the two big side wings. I learned long ago to cut the largest pieces first. The dimensions of the panel are 8x8x7’ so keeping the seam allowances in mind I marked one edge 8’ plus the seams then I made a triangle with a 7’ and an 8’ stick (I with I...
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    Paddle making extravaganza

    Yes it is Woodpuppy, I have some in the shop now and have worked with it. A friend of mine is building a 65’ schooner and used it for the stem, keel, and sternpost. That is where the pieces in my shop came from. Jim
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    Paddle making extravaganza

    If it’s purple when cut but eventually turns brown it is most likely Purpleheart. Nice paddles. Jim
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    Mesmerizing/Interesting Phenomena & Experiences Without An Eclipse

    Thanks Glenn for that earthsky link. Rare indeed. And people on the street didn’t seem to care much even after I pointed it out. Jim
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    Whelen lean-to

    Yes boreal, I do plan to have tie loops strategically located on the inside seems. I don’t seem to tolerate the bugs as well as I used to, so a bug net will be made. Jim
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    Mesmerizing/Interesting Phenomena & Experiences Without An Eclipse

    I was living in Moscow, Idaho when Mt St Helen’s blow, Sunday May 18th I’ll never forget it. My now ex and I were coming home from town after getting a paper and a couple cups of coffee. As we pulled into the door yard the horses in the side pasture were oddly all huddled together. Thought that...
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    Good morning from Maine

    Welcome to the campfire from another Mainer. Jim
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    Whelen lean-to

    Thanks Robin, you have done well for yourself in your tent modifications. I just seem to muddle along, learn mostly from trial and error as I demonstrated in the first post. Bob, there may be a baker tent in the future. The Whelen and the baker fought in my head before I started so you never...
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    Whelen lean-to

    Now that the two panels are joined I fold one along the edge of the other panel and hold it with a small binder clamp. Then making sure the edges of the two panels are right at fold I sew down one side removing the clips as I go. Then the panels are flipped over and the other edge is sewn...
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    Whelen lean-to

    Yes, The Ways of the Wilderness is probably how I first learned about them. I even started to make one with coated ripstop nylon it was all sewn up but I never got the tie out points on it. So this is round two for me. Jim
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    Whelen lean-to

    I finally got started on sewing up a Whelen lean-to. Glen if you want this in tents and tarps section feel free to move it. For some reason it took me quite a bit of searching to find the fabric I wanted but this winter I did, 8.5 oz Sunforger fabric plus it is 5’ wide so less sewing for me and...
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    New to me Chestnut Chum

    I think what happened was an anomaly, I’ve seen other projects from his shop and they were just fine as Robin shared with the stem of the canoe he canvassed. It is tough though when there is good work and not so good work and you are not sure what you are going to get. Jim
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    Plus size canoeing?

    Welcome to the campfire Miss Katie. Since you are in northern Minnesota already I think you might start by renting different models to see what works best for you. Jim
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