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.

Six days in the shop

Heber Guthrie, master boat builder from Marshallburg, took delivery of a load of juniper on Thursday, August 4. Eleven days later, with five days out for worship and other work, the frame of a Core Sound skiff is ready for strip planking.
 
Heber works alone. No one is around to get in his way as he checks detailed notes he makes on pieces of scrap lumber as the work progresses .
 

Core Sound Boat Builders - Naval Architects, Engineers, Designers, Carpenters, Mechanics, & Electricians

Heber Guthrie looks at a small pile of juniper timer, but does not see a stack of lumber. He is already envisioning the boat this wood will become.
 
What is rack of the eye boatbuilding?
 
Heber Guthrie, like so many of his DownEast boatbuilding counterparts, is not a carpenter following a set of plans to build a boat. Building by the rack of the eye does not mean building by the seat of the pants. It involves:
 
 
1) Understanding the purpose of the boat to be built 2) Understanding how best to design that boat to operate in the waters where it will work 3) Designing the hull to operate efficiently in those waters while carrying the necessary weight of personnel, equipment, and load 4) Be as attractive as possible under the aforementioned parameters.
 




 
A Core Sound work skiff under construction, from a pile of lumber to the framework for a hull in four days, working alone.

Cuccowink Creek has been a father to me.

Native Americans called it Cuccowink Creek. After seizing this waterway and the surrounding terra firma from its rightful owners, the Lords Proprietors deeded it to a William Dawson in 1706. I took a late afternoon, Father’s Day solo ride up to the mill dam, saw ospreys, dolphins, sea gulls, and an lbb, a little black bird clinging to one strand of spartina grass. The dolphin were very camera shy, perhaps they were all in the witness protection program. I did get a shot of that plume of air and water blown skyward when one came up to breathe.
 
Ride with me. There was no danger, I didn’t see the resident alligator. I was disappointed I didn’t see an eagle.
 
It was a time for reflection among the reflections.











When one is alone reflecting, it is wise to cross imaginary bridges when you come to them, if they are to be crossed at all.