(Web site; first, second, and third installments)

Kim Daboo ’88 requested holiday cards, and this is mine, since this happens to be the picture on my family’s holiday card this year. Alums, don’t let current students upstage you; send yours in.

Anyway, this is the penultimate EphBoat Monday because nobody seems very excited about this subject except David. If you are excited about it, check out the web site linked above; that’s what it’s there for. Also, if you are excited about it, let me know because I am thinking of bringing the boat to Williams after Christmas — I might as well, since it’s silly to never bring a Williams boat to Williams at all — but it’s kind of an involved endeavor so if I am the only person who’s excited about it, that wouldn’t make it quite as much fun, so I might not bother.

I made a crew boat because I needed a challenge to keep me busy, and we have a lot of wood lying around and a few power tools from building our house. I had previously made a train, convertible, and even an eight-foot-tall totem pole, so I needed something more complicated. This project was definitely more complicated.

The most intricate and annoying, yet most important, part of this project was making the rowers. Each one is made of 12 pieces of wood connected by dowels and wire, which I had to painstakingly make.

I cut the heads and torsos with a jigsaw and drilled holes in the bottom and top, respectively, so that I could attach them together via a dowel neck. This process was nontrivial. To make the limbs, I bought hardwood dowels and then cut them into chunks of a specified length at a specified angle so that the figures would be able to bring their limbs in close to their bodies. I drilled holes in the ends and then wired the body parts together and to the boat.

This is a picture after I installed the coxswain and the starboards (rowers whose oar is on the right-hand side from the coxswain’s perspective). I did the starboards all at once and the ports all at once because the oar-side arm is put together differently than the other side’s arm so that one elbow goes out and one goes down (see clarifying illustration). You can see the extra limbs and disembodied torsos lying around on the table.

My final installment next week will be about the coxswain. Get psyched.

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