Pamlico Fall Colors

A boyhood hero of mine was the late Wesley Cahoon. Wesley lived in what the folks in town, that is Arapahoe, called the Sand Hills community, a mile and half north of Arapahoe on NC intrastate 306. Wesley’s son and daughter, Johnny and Carol live near the home where they grew up. Carol is the trustee for what I have labeled the Cahoon Maple.
Please enjoy … with gratitude to Carol who regularly updated the status of the transformation of the leaves this fall.

Rack-of-the-eye is more than meets the eye.

Heber Guthrie explains the design rationale in rack-of-the-eye-boat-building. Certain traits contribute to making a boat bow-proud. Deadrise pushes a boat up out of the water. A minor tuck in the hull prevents it from lying flat in the water. A slight narrowing of the hull from amidship to stern is natural because fish are more narrow at their stern than at amidfish. As he explained, “A boat should be bow-proud because it is easier and more economical to push a boat through air than it is to push it through water.”


Heber Guthrie relies on the rack-of-the-eye method of boat construction, not just for construction, but also for final shaping with a sander. Once sanded, the boat will be glassed, sanded again, then painted.

Hot Dogs and Trees

Consumption of a hot dog is evidence that nothing at all was wasted in the dressing of recently killed hog. On the other hand, the forestry industry follows the pork industry in allowing no waste.

Joyce Kilmer discovers iconic tree in Pamlico County

After every tropical storm, area residents usually discover the demise of a few trees. Some trees seem to defy hurricane after hurricane after hurricane. They have twisted vine and root to set an anchor in terra firma. Such a tree seems to never drag anchor.
Joyce Kilmer visited Oriental for the Labor Day holiday weekend. Like all area residents who take the ferry from the Minnesott terminal, he passed a live oak at the Dawson’s Creek bridge. Unlike most all area residents, he stopped and composed a poem. Well, at least that’s a nice story line.

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.


A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

Core Sound sunrise.

Getting there.

Amateurs paint by numbers. Professionals keep track of numbers to build a boat.

The strip planking method for constructing the walls of the hull of a traditional Core Sound skiff necessitates placing them in proper sequence by size, creating not just strength, but also the style and appearance of the boat. The resulting style and shape is as much for function as it is for the attractive classic lines chazracteristic of these workboats. The strips diminish in size as the climb from the cline to the gunwale.
The boat will be caulked, sanded, and glassed, transforming the rough look into smooth surfaces.

Heber Guthrie was this far along in construction of a 21 ft. Core Sound skiff after working 60 hours virtually alone over a two weeks.