2006-05-23

OK, I’m going to commit and do something besides research, read and dream (see the Background page for more information on where I’m coming from). As I keep seeing the quote attributed to Mark Twain:

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

My little boy (6) has been politely asking me if we are going to start on our boat this year. He’s being patient, but its been nearly two years since I first told him we were going to build a boat. Last summer we built some models, but didn’t get any farther.

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So, with all that in mind, after finding a link to the Origami dinghy (http://www.woodenwidget.com/). I like that… I can build that. The plans are reasonably priced. It will be easy to store. It will be reasonably low cost to build (the current job situation requires this). It’s something I can do in the next couple of months and have something in the water at a friend’s lake this summer.

Done, ordered the plans.\

The plan ordering process is all on-line, they accept (require?) Paypal, or you can order the 6′ version through Duckworks Magazine (http://www.duckworksmagazine.com/). I ordered the 8′ version, direct from WoodenWidget. Once I got my Paypal account straightened out (their security gets more and more involved), the payment went right through (used a credit card), gave a decent looking exchange rate (U.S. Dollar to Great British Pound), and the download started.

I also received an email with a link that I could download the file from for the next 24 hours or 2 downloads, whichever occurs first. I downloaded a copy to another machine from that link as a backup, to print (that machine has a color printer available to it), and to test the download stuff.

Both copies were a well done, 77 page *.pdf file. I’ve scanned through the file and it looks good. I’ll give more details as I can study them. I got the book printed out on a high-speed, duplex, color printer. You probably don’t want to do this on your local inkjet, but I think a printout is going to be a requirement. I normally don’t print much and work from the screen, but this is too much, and will need to be referred to.

An electronic copy is nice, since I’m sure this paper copy will get torn and soiled while referring to it. When it gets bad, I can just print another.