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 lots of people afloat for the first time. He will be much missed, but deserves a rousing cheer to send him off. I’m raising my glass, as you’d expect.
Our post about him written to celebrate his 100th birthday probably tells the story as well as I can – read it here.
Computer model of 1883 Southwestern Greenland kayak
Paddlinglight.com website guru Bryan Hansel is publishing plans for traditional canoes digitised from material included in a classic book by Howard Chappelle and based on the work of Edwin Tappan Adney.
Here’s what Bryan has to say:
‘Each week this winter, I’m digitising a plan from the book Bark Canoes and Skin Boats of North America and releasing a set of station and stem plans for cedar strip builders on my website.
‘The plans that are currently finished are found here: http://www.paddlinglight.com/category/articles/free-kayak-and-canoe-plans I’m doing this hoping that these old designs, some not built in 100 years, get built, so we can compare the old designs to modern and see how kayaks and canoeing have changed.’
Plans examples already on the website from include a 1921 Southwest Greenland kayak dating from 1921 and 1883, and a Passamaquoddy ocean canoe of 1898.
Thanks Bryan! These are such elegant boat forms.
Two editions of the original Chappelle and Tappan Adney book are available from Amazon, here and here.