Thursday, July 17, 2014

The "Bicycle Method"

Mark Schooling at Gondola Paradiso sent me a message recently
with these two images.

He was setting up to varnish an oar and came up with a clever way
to deal with the challenges presented by such a long project piece.

He wrote:
Use the tools you have.  Varnishing the old oar.  Handle on my old dining table with the bike frame weighing the oar down. 
Note to self, varnish handle down.  Easier to turn oar.

So Mark found the frame of his bicycle to be the perfect tool
to keep that remo in place.
The result: a nice, shiny, and well-sealed oar - which is ready to take to the waters of Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard, California.

I love the task of varnishing oars.
The results are so visible, so tangible, but getting the oar to stay in place can sometimes be difficult.  But thanks to Mark, I might just try out this innovative "Bicycle Method" next time I need to do some varnishing.

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