1957 – and Royal Leamington Spa Canoe Club are paddling Percy Blandford’s canvas canoes

This is one of the many great things we should remember Mr Blandford for… Look out for his books including his boat plans on sale second hand, or buy his plans from Clark Craft.

Percy Blandford, DIY polymath and small boat designer, crosses the bar

Percy Blandford I have heard that Percy Blandford, the century-old legendary designer of boats and canoes for home building and prolific author on huge range of workshop-related topics passed away today. Good ol’ Mr Blandford. Among many other things he helped to get the post-War leisure boating and DIY boat building boom going, and got … Continue reading “Percy Blandford, DIY polymath and small boat designer, crosses the bar”

Percy Blandford’s knots

  Sheet bend variations drawn by Percy Blandford The Guildford branch of the International Guild of Knot Tyers has placed a long series of knot charts online including these from the drawing board of the legendary home-built boat and canoe designer Percy Blandford. Many of them are useful around a boat, while others will be … Continue reading “Percy Blandford’s knots”