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David Ryan

David Ryan is a boat builder and USCG licensed master captain. He is the owner of Sailing Montauk and skipper of Montauk''s charter sailing catamaran MON TIKI You can follow him on Twitter @CaptDavidRyan

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  1. How is the wood being protected from the weather?Report

  2. Avatar Stillwater says:

    Awesome, David. I really mean that. There’s nothing like building shit with your own hands and sweat and initiative and bringing it all together. And this is the highest order of cool on that front.

    Btw, have you checked out the McPhee book on bark canoes Aaron suggested? It’s good! It’s McPhee!Report

    • Avatar David Ryan in reply to Stillwater says:

      After your last I looked it up, and I feel cautious about it. Like Mon Tiki before her the Pahi is not a re-enactment, or a whimsy, she is, or is hoped to be, the best match of design, material and (my) resources to solve the problem of providing for my family though work that I do not hate, and even (let’s hope) find fulfilling.

      I hold no malice to those who preserve techniques and traditions from the past, but I am contemptuous when these techniques and traditions are fetishized, and suspicious by the praises sung for this book (though not by you) the I would find this same sort of fetishization in its pages. There’s a lot to be learned from the past, but also a lot to be left behind.

      Also, who’s McPhee?Report

      • Avatar Stillwater in reply to David Ryan says:

        John McPhee. He wrote a life changing book called “Coming Into the Country” as well as “The Pine Barrens”, “Basin and Range” and a bunch of others. Good stuff.

        “The Survival of the Bark Canoe” is about a white guy who makes traditional birch bark canoes in the spirit (or more than…) of the early American cultures which utilized the technique. McPhee is good, man. Just read the first few sentences of any book and you’ll know what I mean. Coming into the Country is my favorite. About folks who very consciously go up to Alaska to live off the land.Report

      • Avatar David Ryan in reply to David Ryan says:

        I’ll see if our library has a copy and check it out.Report